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Fall Is Here

October 14, 2011

fall color is here. That is always a signal for us to share some ideas on how to bring those wonderful warm colors into your home and garden.

Since fall tells us to prepare for change in temperature and general weather conditions we like to begin staging our garden to celebrate the season. A good rule of thumb we have learned over the years is that October 15th is a good date to begin removing summer flower beds, fountains and summer furniture. We have included some pictures that show transition from a summer garden setting to fall.

summer design

fall design

The main fountain in our back garden is removed and stored for the winter away from the elements. In its place is a large cornstalk that is easy to assemble. A wooden pole is placed in the middle of the fountains foundation and tied down with four stakes and wired tight. We will be using the stakes and wire later in December to secure our Christmas tree so this assembly needs to be secure to withstand winter’s fury and Chicago winter sometimes really packs a punch. In front of the cornstalks we plant fall mums and fill the urns with mums with wheat and willow branches in the middle to add height. This has garden lighting for night enjoyment.

In our front courtyard we have removed summer flowers and filled the urns and baskets with fall mums and pansies for accent. A wreath is placed at our front door which contains fall harvested fruit on a vine wreath and accented with garden green silk ribbon. If your front door does not have an over hang or porch for protection like ours we would suggest using ribbon that can tolerate the rain.

front courtyard in summer

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Spring bulbs should be purchased now and planted over the next weeks in the flower beds after you remove the summer’s glory. This must be done beginning in October so they have a chance to establish before the soil freezes. Remember after you clean out the summer beds and plant your spring tulip and daffodil selection, you should water well so they have a good drink before the onset of those cold temperatures.

Stay tuned because Lisa and I will share some easy ideas with photos on how to decorate fall indoors. These easy and fun decorations can be used now to enjoy through the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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