Pumpkin patches are full of colorful treasures now. It is the time of the year when the farmers are selling their orange beauties and it is hard to choose which one is the special one to take home. Not only are these gourds great for adorning the front porch, but are also delicious when made in a soup or pie. Of course they are also the best indicators that Halloween and Thanksgiving are soon coming.
Sunflowers can be picked the late summer and early fall and are perfect flowers to create a bouquet for the home in September.
When the summer sun slowly loses its strength and the nights are getting longer, that means autumn is just around the corner. Even though it is chillier outdoors, the season offers so much warmth. It is the time after a hot summer and before a long cold winter. It is a transitional time full of color which sadly only lasts a short time before the long cold winter arrives.
This sunflower arrangement was seen at a fall garden exibition in Germany.
Raking in the fall not only produces piles and piles of leaves. Having a large oak tree as well as a large beech tree, the fall means raking up thousands of acorns and beech nut husks every year as well. We place some of them in a pile for the animals. People here also collect the acorns to bring them to a wildlife park close by where they get fed to the wild boars.
Now squirrels are scurrying and collecting nuts and acorns to hide so that they will have enough to eat throughout the winter. Hedgehogs are slowly finding a winter resting place under a pile of leaves. The deer in the forest are in mating season and if you are lucky enough to live close by, you may even hear the males calling out to protect their domain.