Go big or go home, right?
I spotted this one as we drove home one afternoon. It was a blue-sky day and I should have asked Andrew to turn around. Instead I thought I'd stop the next time I was out on my own.
Thing is blue-skies have been a little hard to come by lately. Still, fun!
There was a second dangling pumpkin, and no, that's not a bite out of it, just a yellow leaf. Bad camera angle.
Here's the scene at home. The tetrapanax leaf is the star, as it should be, right?
Once I put this seasonal assemblage together I realized something was missing. Then it hit me... the photos! A friend recently sent us a box of old photos (presumably family, but no one she could recognize), hoping we find something creative to do with them. I'm not sure a spooky scene is what she had in mind, but working off the black and white photos hanging above the mantel it just seemed like the perfect finishing touch. And old photos—so formal, so serious—of people you don't know can't help but be just a little, well, spooky...right?
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Since the plants that had been vacationing outside were coming indoors I included the dark bromeliads.
A few small gourds help define the season.
Our black cat and skull came out of storage...
We really do need to give that guy a name. I meant the cat, but maybe the skull too.
These last few images have no pumpkins in them, but there is fall color. Here the color comes courtesy the Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' as seen thru a few Yucca filamentosa leaves.
And from the other direction, thru the branches of Arctostaphylos x 'Austin Griffiths'.
In thise photo it's the Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper) adding color, along with Yucca desmetiana 'Blue Boy'.
Finally an Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue' surrounded by leaves from the neighbor's dogwood and a neighborhood oak that I still haven't located. Hope you enjoy the last weekend of October!