Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. On September 1st I start switching my gardens and flower beds from late summer to early fall – a pumpkin or 2, some fall ground cover with a few seasonal plants and shrubbery – just to get things started and put me in the mood! The golds, reds, rusts, greens, yellows…..also my pick of colors for most anything so I get to be surrounded by everything I love in nature.
Remember when you are adding plants and flowers, layering is most effective. Start with your base flower or plants, then add other’s to fluff it up. You’ll know by checking from different angles when it looks great and you’ve added enough.
We changed homes a couple of weeks ago and I’ve had some time to put a few seasonal touches around. One of the things I look for in a home – SL & RL – is lots of windows and attached outside space. This great Weekend Home from Starmark Creations was perfect for our parcel. As shown, the count of 64 prims (which includes the inside wood stove and lights draped over the side porch frames) can be reduced but this is really low with almost zero lag!
This is the back view of the home and the other side is a bedroom extension with the same fantastic walls of windows for our water views.
We are outside a lot, but when the weather cools down we practically live outdoors. There’s nothing like a crackling, popping fire on a back porch or patio, some comfortable seating and good friends to make a fall evening more enjoyable. I’m really good at losing my weinie or marshamallow – sometimes even a s’more down in the fire so perhaps the hot toddies should wait until after the food portion of the evening?
I’m hopping around the grid like a crazy bunny looking for businesses that have put out their fall items. Most of these are from last season, but are still available. As soon as the 2014 offerings are out in full, I’ll be back with some changes and new thing!
WHERE TO GO:
Weekend Cottage STARMARK CREATIONS
Small Red Maples (1 prim group) GREEN & WILD GARDEN CENTRE
Rope Railing (1 prim, mesh) Virtual Nature Landscaping
New Trails/Fire Grass (1 prim) New Trails
Random Swamp Grass (2 prims) ArchiTech Designs
aG Nameless Ivy yellow (I used as a ground cover) Alirium Gardens
Mostly the same as the 1st
Green & Wild Thick Bullrush Group (1 prim) Green & Wild Garden Center
Kidd Reed Cattail (hedgerow, 1 prim with menu driven frog and cricket sounds :D) Kidd Grass Landscaping
Traditional Floor Fire (8 prims) Abadutiker
Shutterfield pallet chair – driftwood (3 prims) Shutterfield Outdoor Deco
Mudhoney Finn Table (part of their FINN collection, 1 prim) MUDHONEY
Charlotte Floor Cushion – Butternut (2 prims, 3 materials to choose from) What Next Home & Garden
Pumpkins, tall and short (4 prims each) Botanical Landscaping, Garden, Environmental
AF Cottage Dining Table and Stools (table, 1 prim; stools, 2 prims each) Apple Fall
Mudhoney Laying pillows/beach (2 prims)
Mudhoney Mum Centerpiece ( from the FINN Collection, 4 prims)
Flexi Wildflowers, Blackeyed Susan’s (5 prims) Heart Garden Center
Sleeping Cat in Crate – gift, Second Norway
Park Fountain (4 prims) Bahia Tiki