Natural Fall Wreath

As I walked through my gardens this morning I started collecting some dried plant seed heads.  There was so much to collect that I headed inside to make a natural fall wreath with it.

Natural Fall Wreath

I gathered seed heads from one of my most favorite flowers...

Queen of the Prairie Flower

Queen of the Prairie just forming her fresh flower head (early July) and her fallified leaves.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

This grapevine wreath was down in the dungeon...whenever thrifting I'm on the lookout for inexpensive grapevine wreaths.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

The dried flower heads and some of its fallified leaves from the plant.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

I started by tucking in the dried seed heads around the inside of the wreath.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

I also tucked in some of the gorgeous leaves....the top three leaves where broken off.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

Slide the leaves in under the seed heads.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

A few Lambsear plant seeds head were tucked in to. It's the lighter stem at the top.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

A very natural and calming wreath...I found some  pretty rust colored leaves outside and tucked them in to provide more color.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

Doesn't it look pretty hanging on the window in front of the arched fire pit.

Dried Flower Seed Heads
The color of the leaves truly represent our Midwest fall season and red is not a "natural"  part of.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

You see so many of those common and over killed  "landscape" scrubs like the red burning bushes, and it is a beautiful color, but it not a natural shrub or color for the Midwest. Sorry but I don't  like them.

Dried Flower Seed Heads

Whenever I made a natural dried wreath I always spray it with hairspray.  It helps to keep it "contained" and also helps to keep the Little One (our cat) from eating it!

Now go on, head out doors, and collect some dried material to make a wreath for yourself.

Nature provides a warm and calming feel to our homes.

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Late October Gardens

Do you know where I am today?  Guess, go ahead and guess?

Jury Duty

Sitting at Cook Country Circuit Court on jury duty!  You spend the whole day waitin...waitin to see if your called...waitin just a waitin if you'll be assigned to a case. Early afternoon I was called to "interview" for jury selection.    Happily I was not chosen and sent home at 4:35.  :-}

 I was able to put the time to good use by editing the photos for today's Late October Gardens.

Your spend the whole day their waiting...waiting to see if your called...waitin just a waitin.

There are a lot of trees in the Charmer's yard.  Being in the old part of town seems to come with having lots of trees.

Trees In Fall Colo

One of the trees in front of the house...

Maple and Black Locust Trees

Many TALL trees around the Charmer, mostly Silver Maples (nuisance trees) and two Black Locust. When I was editing the photo I felt like I was deep in a secret forest...except for the house next door {-{

Crab Apple Tree

Trees in the garden...a Crab Apple tree in beautiful fall color

Service Berry Tree

My second most favorite large shrub/tree...Service Berry.  I can't say enough about this tree, it's native to IL and has spectacular three season beauty.

Serviceberry Fall Leaves

Luvin the beautiful color on it.

Japanese Maple

There are five Japanese Maple trees.. this one rests in the back yard by the deck...

Japanese Maple

Also in back garden surrounding the pond...

Japanese Maple

One in front yard, on edge of sidewalk.  It's a green/red color in summer and changes to this dark plum color in fall.

Japanese Maple

One in the front side yard.  There's one more tiny Japaneses Maple that has already lost all it leaves.

Fall Gardens

The Porcelain Berry vine is also spectacular in fall, look at those gorgeous colors!  Annuals hanging on, perennial Anemone (3rd one down on side) is a great fall flower and the rest are annuals.  The weather forecast this week predicts a freeze is predicted so soon these will be gone too.

Fall Gardens

My pink Chrysanthemums are finally in bloom...Mr. C's parents lived in TN and while out thrifting a man who owned a store "gave me a plant from his garden, and now I have so many.  I love the pink their color.  When I see them in bloom I always think of his parents and that day at the store.

Wintercreeper

Beautiful Parthenocissus quinquefolia (common name: Virginia creeper) is native to Virginia but is not true ivy. The quinquefolia in the name refers to the 5 leaflets of the vine.   No doubt, its fall foliage color is the outstanding feature of the vine and it's blue berries in fall too.   THIS IS A VERY INVASIVE VINE, and I regret putting in the garden.  It spreads by "rhizomes", and are VERY difficult to get rid of... it also grows up to 50' tall.  I have to hard prune every spring and rips the clapboard off our garage.

zinnias

The Zinnias hanging on....need to finish collecting seeds.

dahlia

 This beautiful Dahlia keeps on flowering, I like how one bloom rests on the cherub.

Fall Japanesse Maple, Servieberry tree and Mum

Every morning, with a cup of tea in hand, I open the front room curtain to watch each day the colors changing in this outdoor vignette!

Are you sad, as sad as me to know it will soon be gone....the hardest day for me is when Mr. C shuts down the pond...it's marks the official end of the garden season.

What marks the end of the garden season to you?

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Autumn Buffet

blue onion soup tureen, fall leaves

Changing colored leaves Jack O'Lanterns glowing bright Starry Autumn night Sounds like the kind of fall we are having in IL. The weather this week has been, oh....so....beautiful.  I made new fall "rustic elegance" (according to a a blog follower), curtains for our living area. Once the curtains were finally done I was inspired to […]

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Our Fall Mantel

Our Fall Mantel

I feel I need to warn you guys...why?  Cause there's a whole lot of  fallishness coming your way the next week.  The photos are taken and posts have been written to share how cute the Charmer looks dressed up in fall. I always like to do my mantel first...well that's not exactly true...I have to […]

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How to Make Inexpensive No Sew Fall Curtains

Burlap Landscape

I've seen so many beautiful fall curtains lately that it really got me wanting to make some for our living area.  I love my pinch pleated curtains but they are summery looking. But I found a great way on how to make inexpensive No sew Fall Curtains! I wish we could hang our curtains outside […]

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Monday Meanderings

Palos Country Club

Up until Saturday it was a very rainy and dreary week.  It's been in the 60's during the day (heat off) and drops really cool at night (heats on).  We have an electric fireplace in our bedroom that keeps us warm at night. You've seen me mention the barn sales I've been to this summer, […]

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Autumn Front Porch

Pitch Fork with Fall Wreath

Hello, I'm so glad you're here.  I hope you all are having a beautiful Sunday. It finally stopped raining and the sun is shinning brightly along with some gorgeous weather. Now that October is in full swing I thought it was time for me to share our Autumn Front Porch.  If you'd like to see […]

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Front Porch Fall Flower Containers

Fall Flower Box

I'm sure by now everyone has had their fall containers done for a few weeks.  Like I said, I'm always late.  But you know what's funny...I am never late for appointments, or meeting someone one.  But I always seem to be behind when it comes to blogging :-{. Today I headed over to Lowes to […]

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Monday Meanderings

Heidi, Knitted cap

I know it's Tuesday...I forgot to "schedule" the post to go live yesterday! When I hit my blog this morning I noticed it was unpublished. Last week we had more beautiful sunny weather.  Perfect Fall weather...till yesterday, rain, rain and more rain.  After all the rain  must fall :-} I'm working my way through canning […]

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Sunday’s Soup

Beef and Cabbage Soup

I don't know if your old enough to remember the "Days of the Week" Panties? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and so on. When I was young, and wore the panties, I use to think about what would happen if I got caught wearing the "wrong" day? Well I never got caught...but I did feel a little […]

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