15 October 2013

Happy Autumn Preparations



Though we don't have a classic autumn, it is cooling down and the sunlight is less intense!
We have awful summers, but the rest of the year is beautiful.
And because it is still relatively warm compared to nearly every where autumn is being celebrated, I keep it simple.




By the end of the summer the grass in the front yard had grown quite large and droopy.

The big grass on the right is really messy.


Yet, we want to wait until spring to prune, because the cranberry colored blooms are so pretty.

On Sunday, we were able to tolerate the temperature and work in the yard.   My spouse and I pulled out the twine, and we went around the yard gathering and tying the grass into sheaves.  Now the yard looks like autumn despite the temperature and the green trees!  When February comes around it will now be easy to cut them back.



Just like people, the grasses of  the same species are different sizes and shapes.  Most of the grasses were all the same size when we planted them.






As we worked, I enjoyed observing Black Kitty prowl around the yard inspecting. He would stand and peek in the middle of a sheave, and then he would hit the purple blooms with his nose.  He was having so much fun.



In the potting shed, I placed the kitty's basket in front of two birds that they cannot chase;
Black Kitty and Silver's bed is made for autumn.  They are brothers, and they are always together.



After, I cleaned some of the dust off the front porch's chairs and changed the pillows.



On October and November mornings, the front porch
is a pleasant place to sit and sip one's morning tea or coffee.



And my daughter is happy to pull out light jackets and boots.
Also, after six months of work, I love seeing this sleeping porch finished.

And for the first time, I am sharing this list with Ricki at Art at Home.


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29 comments:

  1. The grasses are beautiful, I love their texture and seeing them sway with the breeze. I'm impressed with your potting shed, wow that is beautiful too!

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  2. The grasses are so different from here, and so beautiful! You will have several wonderful months while we're freezing. lol Your porch is lovely. Nice pic of your daughter. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Marina. I should of said that I wore gloves. This grass gives long paper cuts.

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  4. Very cool how you used the grass to look like cut fields in the colder autumn parts of the world (like mine) :)

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    1. Thank you, Misantropia. I wondered about that. When we were done, it reminded me of a Van Gogh's landscape Wheat Sheaves and Rising Moon, because there is also a mountain behind the house.

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  5. The grasses are lovely and I agree with your daughter that it is fun to get out the boots again. I have been in flip flops since spring.

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  6. Oh how I love everything about this post! xo Jen

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  7. Well that is a very different kind of yard work than I have ever been accustomed to, but it looks lovely. This is probably the first cold day we have had in Dallas, TX and it makes me want to pull out my fall clothes also. Your daughter is lovely.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  8. Soooo pretty!
    And I just love that photo of your daughter :)
    I didn't think it got cold enough for boots there though!
    XXX

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    1. Thank you, Suzan. One gets acclimated to the temperature: if it is in the 70s or even low 80s, I need a jacket.! Arizona is in the west, so boots are traditional, not so much in the city these days, but it is still common every where else. XOXO

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  9. I really like how you've turned your grass into sheaves. You didn't mention what type of grass it is, but it looks similar to pampas grass to me. Lovely autumn display!

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Rubrum or Purple Fountain Grass It could be related. It's drought tolerant and once it grown it hardly needs water. It is a good plant for cottage style around here. It turns purple with cranberry on the ends.

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  10. The grasses are lovely. I have some here, in the back yard, and the finches and little sparrows are always landing on them and enjoying a meal...:)

    Love that pic of your daughter!

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    1. Thank you, Deb. She loves to dress up. I agree the grasses are pretty and the birds like them too, and it is nice that they don't take much water. We also don't have a problem with them spreading, unlike other grasses.

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  11. What a gorgeous display with the grasses tied like that. Original!! I love it.
    So here is the deal on boots. I love boots too but I struggle to maintain my ballet flats without socks. Once I have to wear socks I am in my boots too.
    BTW, your daughter has such a fabulous sense of style!

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    1. Thank you, Donna. That would be hard to wear socks with flats! I don't even have a pair of socks. It is finally cool enough to start walking every day, and yesterday I could not find one pair to go with my sneakers.

      I'll tell her. She will love it.

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  12. Your ornamental grasses tied with twine look great for fall! What a cute idea! And I think this is the first time I've seen your potting shed all decked out for autumn. I love your unique accessories! (Your display does make me miss Arizona just a wee bit, though.....I'd move back in a heartbeat!) Your daughter looks so cute. She has great style!

    Thanks for linking-up! :D

    xo,
    RJ

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    1. Thank you, Rick, and thank you, for a great idea for a post.

      I'll tell her. She will love it.

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  13. The grass looks really nice all tied up! Love the cranberry color coming through, too. The little adirondack chair! It's so cute!

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  14. I love your autumn touches and I'm kind of relieved to find out that I'm not the only one to change the kitties' pillows according to the season!

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    1. Thanks, Magali. You are so cute and sweet. Your kitties are lucky to have you.

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  15. The bundles sheaths of grass definitely have a look of Fall. Especially with the little black Halloween cat trouncing about. Love the pic of your sweet daughter gazing out the window! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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