I think Bobby G. needs a new umbrella. I don't have any new ones but I did find the most fabulous vintage Schertz Original plaid umbrella yesterday on my weekly hunt. It's got the most fabulous warm, faded fall colors and just perfect for a display piece alone or in an Autumn vignette. You can find it here, just in time for decorating with pumpkins and corn stalks.
Usually every year I would plant my zinnia seeds across from the front yard by the Christmas shed. Last summer I wrote a post on how the deer had eaten the flower tips off of everyone one of my zinnias the morning I went out to pick my first bouquet. Wellllll this year I decided to plant them much closer to the house in hopes of deterring the deer. I planted them up under the edge of the deck where we had lost a large evergreen bush this past winter due to an ice storm. Well....I am here to tell you, those zinnias must have loved that spot because they grew to about 4 feet tall, have huge healthy looking leaves and are just gorgeous. The deer haven't touched them and the butterflies have loved them. This is also a spot where the morning glories grow like kudzu. I love how the wild purple morning glories looks so pretty next to the orange zinnias.
A sure sign Fall is approaching are the cattails along the shoreline. A few years ago we planted them next to the dock and nothing happened. Then two years later they popped up about 50 yards away. This summer they have really multiplied. The birds and animals love them and I decorate with them at Thanksgiving. Did you know all parts of the cattail are edible for humans? I didn't.
Entering contests has never been my thing but with some encouragement, I entered our county fair a few weeks ago and guess what? I won a blue ribbon in the still life photography section. I was so surprised and tickled pink. You just never know until you try. And forget about that age thing too....just "do it"!
Not all my growing endeavors did so well. This past Spring I finally found some white pumpkin seeds to plant. They are all the rage and finding the seeds was difficult. They make for some chic autumn decorating. My seeds were the Lumina variety. Because of the deer, I decided to plant them on the deck in a huge garden container. They came up and looked beautiful but every little tiny orb that developed got no bigger than a fifty cent piece and then withered up and died. The garden center said I had some kind of fungus...boohiss. However, I did get one beautiful little white pumpkin. Now I am just hoping it will last thru the Fall decorating season. And I will definitely try again next year.
Bloggers are such wonderful and thoughtful people. I mentioned in a comment that my cardinal seeds never came up. Nola over at Alamo North sent me a whole mess of them......all the way from Texas. I planted some seeds in a big pot next to the back door and some more in a big pot where the hummingbird feeder hangs on a Shepherd's Crook. Those seeds did germinate and grew to be so beautiful. The vines next to the backdoor grew up over the door, which I loved. It had such a softening effect. I had hundreds of little red trumpet flowers which added such happiness to the back and the hummingbirds adored them. I will have tons of seeds to pass on too. Thank you Nola! :)
The little Ginny Wrens or Carolina wrens are one of my favorite birds. They are such feisty little birds, out spoken and build their nest in the funniest places. They build nests with a cover and a side door. We have a pair that nested here last summer, spent the winter and raised a couple of broods this past summer up under the deck. Imagine my surprise when I went out the other day to water the impatiens that grow in an urn on the front porch. Out flew that little Momma wren. She had built a nest in the impatiens and it has tiny little newborns in it. That makes three broods that I know of. I had no idea they would start another round of babies this late in the season. Can you see the nest?
Momma made me do it! Couple of days ago I took my Mom out for the day. We started out at the local shopping center and as I was heading to the bedding department, passing thru the ladies department, there hung this saucy little dress. I looked at it, picked it up, held it up next to me, did a twirl, put it back, walked away, went back, grabbed it and put it in the cart. 'Cause Mom said I should buy it. I hadn't bought one new thing to wear this summer so why not...I thought. Bonus...it was on sale. Now to me this is the cat's meow. This Fall it will be perfect with a black jean jacket and if I have the nerve...a pair of black scuffed up cowboy boots. Only one problem....I don't own any cowboy boots. :)
It's time to close this post but summer is not closed yet.....still lots of warm days to go yet and I will relish everyone of them. And with that I leave you with a photo of Ms. Boo and her Dad on their visit to Grandmama's (that's me) in July. Ready...set....jump!!!