It’s September and my garden is a mess! As soon as it turns hot my poor garden gets ignored, so my September garden never looks good. Right now it is full of weeds. The neighbors have a mimosa tree that drops a gazillion seeds in our garden and I think every one of them has sprouted! But in amongst the weeds there are some pretty things growing.
The sedum is beautiful. This one is called “autumn joy”.
Our beautyberry bush is loaded with these beautiful purple berries.
The blossoms on this solidago remind me of fireworks!
The rain lilies are popping up everywhere and they are so cheerful.
I don’t remember planting this begonia in this planter so it might have seeded itself . Such a delicate blossom and a beautiful color of pink.
So even though the September garden is a mess there is still beauty to be found. There are still flowers blooming among the weeds. Isn’t that how it is with life? It can be a mess, chaotic, stressful, but if you look hard enough, you can usually find something to be thankful for in the midst of it.
This time of year lots of you are decorating your homes for fall. Big pots of mums are available in all the stores. People are putting up fall wreaths on their front doors and pots of mums on the porch or at the doorway. Yesterday was the first day that felt a little like fall. So this morning it got me thinking about what to do to make the front entrance look “fallish”.
Do you put a wreath or something at your front entrance? That’s where I planned to put mine, but you know what? We never use the front door because we park the cars at the back. So who am I decorating for? the neighbors? some random person driving through the neighborhood? the UPS lady? Hmm…. Sure it’s nice to have something cheery at the door to greet when people who come to visit, but that is once or twice a week at the most. We use our back door every day, sometimes several times a day.
So this year I am doing it for me and my family and friends to enjoy. I will still put a little something at the front, but this year the “back door” people won’t be forgotten.
We had a new Value Village open up in our neighborhood today so I had to check it out. I found these 2 wreaths and some other stuff, perfect to use to make a wreath.
I tore off all the ribbon, flowers and stuff, and got it down to the bare wreath.
I planned to reuse some of the flowers and leaves but when I tried it out it was just too bright for my taste. So I looked around the house to see what I had that I could use: magnolia leaves. They are pretty when they dry out or you can use the back of the leaf, which is a beautiful color of brown. I hot glued them on with a few extra doodads and a bow and hung it at our back door. But it was lacking something. I know what it needs…
A little blue and white. This little ginger jar fits in perfectly!
That’s much better!
Now it looks like it belongs to our house! I think I will love to come home and see this!
I had no sooner hung up my wreath, when a friend came to my back door and she was greeted with this. Back door friends and family deserve a pretty welcome as well as front door guests. I’m thinking of painting the door blue. What do you think?
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