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: a witch hat, a ribbon bow, some rocks to weigh it down & a flameless candle inserted inside, it stands in nicely for a carved pumpkin.
Especially nice because (for some reason) we never found made time to carve one!
We lucked out again this year with another pleasant Halloween evening. So nice, even the honeybees were out earlier today:
They were working the lavender over furiously (and everything else that remains in bloom, which amazingly is quite a lot.)
I was happy to find a bloom on the toad lily:
Earlier this summer, the rabbits chewed every last stalk down to a nub ~ and I thought toad lilies were supposed to be something they didn't even like?!!
They had never bothered them before so I wasn't sure what to expect. So happy they decided to put out a few more buds.
and that they managed to bloom before frosting.
Even tho the days have been nice, the nights are cool which I think has elevated bird activity.
I've seen almost all my winter birds back in the garden including a hawk:
Poor birds hardly stand a chance with him camouflaged so well!!!
Happy Halloween everyone. Hope it's a safe, fun one.