Wonderful autumn times are here.
I had to go away a couple days and do all sorts of necessary things out in the world.
So happy to be back, just in time for the first days of fall.
With firefly lanterns lighting the way.
It's quite summer here still, but if you look ever so closely, you know, it's all happening.
Eating sweet fresh pomegranates in a garden swing's the best.
There are more to pick too.
The pecan trees are getting little autumnal speckles, while the nuts are ripening.
Out of their green casings they pop.
I do love pecans, do you?
There are butterflies everywhere at this time of year.
All shades and sizes.
More than ever.
Butterfly flying by the big pecan trees.
I have told you about a path that meanders around our property...
I whip around it lap after lap in the early mornings, a couple times in the evenings.
There's always something to see...
If you look closely...
Like a butterfly hanging upside down all day.
It didn't look old enough to be dying, so maybe it had just come out of a cocoon?
It was not very fluttery and very shiny and new looking.
I continue down the path, cutting through the flower garden out front.
I love this mad little whirl of flower power.
Hummingbirds in the Mexican petunias.
Lots of fresh flowers coming.
The week between Halloween and the first days of November are always when there are the most flowers in the garden.
Can't wait to see what happens out there this season.
There are so many intricate spider webs in the garden this year.
I think that these are orb weaver spiders, what do you think?
Down the sunny autumn path, passing the smaller front entrance, gypsy wagon in the distance...
And into the fairy bower we go.
It looks like you have to crouch down to go in, but you don't.
It's about my height and taller.
It's one of my favorite places, tucked in there.
As the sun goes down (so early this last week) I spy a wild arugula patch.
I had set all the dry arugula there through winter and it self seeded.
I love it when that happens :-)
Late afternoon in the veggie garden way out back.
I have a ton of basil and tomatillos to harvest this weekend.
I am loving seeing so much devil's claw growing here and there.
Growing huge too.
The pods dry and open up a bit forming into the dry devil's claws we are all used to.
Oh, whose that?
My favorites are trotting down the path under pink and purple sunsets.
I stand way out back, to the back and east of the veggie garden...
The veggie garden itself is enclosed with chicken wire because of the rabbits/critters around here.
And even though the bottom of the veggie beds have a sturdy waffle wire, gophers still get in and suck things down from underneath..
So, you can't really fight the eaters, but you can try a little ;-)
I am getting the vegetable bed covers ready for the autumn sprouts -
So that the birds and critters don't munch everything up.
I have 2 of the 8 beds planted for cool season growing.
It's funny, the garden keeps you preparing for each new season ahead of time, so that the seasons seem so short.
But for now...
For now it's autumn, with pumpkin vines everywhere.
And pumpkin babes growing bigger than big.
I feel like time is slipping.
I love when the garden gets so green and the leaves grow huge and healthy.
I hate to say good-bye.
This biggie got a little stand under him.
He's showing signs of orange.
Can't wait to see what this autumn shall bring.
I took boxes and boxes of Halloween decor out of one of my sheds.
It's all sitting on my back porch now.
Time to make it happen!
Orange and black, here we come!
Happy Autumn my dear friends.
With pumpkins and apples and fires and trick or treating.
With turning leaves and hay rides galore.
And oh, so much more.
Another season at A Fanciful Twist.
Thanks for popping in.
And being a part of this place.
Warmest autumn wishes, from me to you!