Saturday, August 15, 2009

Not Quite Fall

Well, before you know it fall will be here, and with it a change in front porch decor. As I have said, I enjoy all the seasons, but fall is my favorite time of year. There is just something about the blue sky, autumn leaves, and lengthening shadows that speak to me. Oh, and don't forget the cooler temperatures, either! So before I put away my red sprinkler and bring out the orange one, I thought I'd share a few front porch photos.

Already time to trim the shrubs!

This is the first year I've planted "Million Bells", in the concrete basket.

I have been on a campaign this spring and summer to get the grass in shape. Bermuda grass that didn't make it and a multitude of weeds have been a huge problem. We live across the street from lake access, so there are plenty of varieties of unwanted specimens floating around. Deer also are a big problem. My hydrangea bush has been noticed and has taken a real beating, or "chewing", as the case may be. One year they ate all my impatiens that I had in a huge window box. It looked like a buzz saw took them out!
I hope you're enjoying the end of summer. We have had a good rain or two lately here in SW Missouri to keep things green, and the temps have been in the mid-to-upper 80's with upper 60's at night, so I can't complain too much. Our average peak temp was earlier in the week, so now I'm considering us on the downhill slide. Yeah Fall!

Can't wait for sweater weather!

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