Until this morning, mild temperatures have been the order of the day here in Georgia and it has been difficult to get into a Fall mood. Thus far my front yard, as well as my cooking, have been in transition mode waiting for cooler weather to get into the swing of Autumn decorating. Most of the materials I use are in a room in the basement and you know what is happening down there...les appartements prives de Madame Mere, or the never ending story.
I am so sick of this remodeling that it will be hard for me to enjoy it once the contractor and his crew leave the house. Suffice it to say they were supposed to be finished by September 1, but the painting and the wood floors are still to be done. I can't even think of what it will be like to go back to normal...whatever normal is.
One of the benefits of the setback has been looking for inexpensive things to transition into the pumpkins while keeping some of the annuals that are still doing well. Take the geraniums...they just won't quit. Same with the dahlias. Enter ornamental kale and cabbage.
It's a shame to replace the white geraniums. They keep throwing new buds. If they don't stop soon I will just have to delegate them to the back.
I have never bought this color of chrysanthemum before. They have turned out much lighter than I thought and I can't wait for them to go away. They were $10 for the four of them at Costco. I can't do my favorite burgundy mums unless I pair them with another color so they stand out against the brick and the mulch.
There's a pot of burgundy mums in the back waiting to be paired with some pumpkins once the pink mums go away. It's been so dry recently the sprinklers have been going on every day and the walkway is a mess. It needs another good power wash before someone slips and we lose our house!
As I finish this post, it is cool outside...cool enough to snuggle with the Sous Chef under my down comforter. Here comes Fall!