Monday, September 26, 2011

Fall Flowers Transform Front Yard



Today we are joining Metamorphosis Monday on Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch.
Go over to her blog and see all the cool transformations and projects.
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Even though the thought of what comes after fall is chilling (to say the least), it's a very favorite season.

The hot temps of summer go the same way as warmth-loving birds and cool, sunny autumn days lift up the spirit.

One of the best parts of autumn is the arrival of chrysanthemums.  While yellow is not among my favorite color of flowers, mums in that shade make for happiness.



Light orange, too, are cheerful and purple and burgundy mums add to the happy color palate of autumn.

Our front yard is now abloom with mums.

This sweet mum got placed in a bushel basket and adorned with leaves, thanks to a sweet friend.



A couple of orange pumpkins add to the decor.



Did you know that mums are a very ancient plant?  In her book, "Garden Flower Folklore,"  Laura C. Martin noted that Confucius wrote about them in 500 B.C.! So they've been around for awhile.

Also, mums were considered favorites of the noble class. In China, Ms. Martin wrote, "common folk were not allowed to grow them in their gardens."  Yikes, glad that changed. If that were a rule in the USA, we wouldn't be able to have a single mum in our yard.




The petals of mums can be eaten but I'd rather just look at them.

In  Victorian times, chrysanthemums meant cheerfulness and optimism.  That still holds true today, don't you think?  

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR CHRYSANTHEMUM?


10 comments:

diane stetson said...

Oh what a pretty yard you have. I love any color chrysantemum. Usually they come out around Halloween or Thanksgiving here in So. Cal.
Enjoy!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Stunning autumn colours! Love each and every single picture here. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I like the purple and lavender ones the most, but yours are certainly saying fall, everything looks great!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Beautiful mums - my favorite color is orange.

T's Daily Treasures said...

I do love those rust colored chrysanthemums. I haven't seen any at the nurseries here. I think we get them later in the year. Unless I'm thinking of another flower. :/ Hope your day is great. Tammy

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I just love your fall decor! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

Happy Monday!

Dianne said...

I sooooo love mums! They are my very favorite flower! I love them all! Buttons, Poms, daisy types! But my absolute favorite kind is the Fuji or spider mum! In any color at all... but most especially green! Yes green!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

I love the white and burgundy :)

Yours are gorgeous! Happy Fall :)

Hugs, Cynthia

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love all the mums! I guess my favorite color is the rust color!

Chatty Crone said...

I love the one you have that is deep maroon - beautiful. sandie

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