Anyone who has children probably has one of these lying around:
The ubiquitous plastic candy collecting vessel!!!
My daughter hasn't used hers for years (someone gave her a super cute witch basket) so I'm not even sure why I was still hanging onto it?
Finally this fall, I thought of a good use for it:
With a few additions: witch hat, ribbon bow, some rocks to weigh it down & flameless candle to make it glow, it stands in nicely for a carved pumpkin.
Especially helpful when (for some reason) we never found made time to carve one!
We've lucked out again with the weather this Halloween. So nice, even the honeybees were out earlier today:
They were working the lavender over furiously (and everything else that remains in bloom, which surprisingly is quite a lot.)
I was amazed to find a bloom on the toad lily:
Earlier this summer, the rabbits chewed every last stalk down to nubs ~ and I thought toad lilies were supposed to be something they didn't like?!!
They had never bothered them before so I wasn't sure what to expect.
I'm glad it didn't kill the plants but even happier they had enough reserves to produce more buds.
Both their and my good fortune the warm Fall gave them a chance to recoup & bloom before frosting. There's one day in our five day forecast where low temps are projected to be 30. I'm pretty sure they can survive that and carry on.
November blooms here we come!!!
Even tho the days have been nice, the nights are cool. Maybe that's what's elevating bird activity in the garden?
I'm seeing almost all my winter birds again including hawks:
No fair, the poor birds hardly stand a chance with him camouflaged so well!!!
Happy Halloween everyone. Hope it's a safe, fun one.