Everyone loves the jack-o’-lantern. Spooky, silly or just plain cute, the carved Halloween pumpkin is a staple for the front porch in October. Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is a popular Halloween tradition that originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland. Back then, however, jack-o’-lanterns were made out of turnips or potatoes;
Ah autumn is in the air, the nights are getting cool and soon the trees will begin to transform into displays of reds, purples, oranges and yellows. Sometimes we lament this passing of another garden season, but why. Instead welcome a new one. Use Mother Nature's palette of autumn colors to your advantage and extend your gardening season by providing color and interest in an otherwise-subdued landscape.
Within the scope of gardening, some plants blur the boundary between being simply and stunningly beautiful and being edible. Capsicum annuum, ornamental pepper, is definitely a case of an edible, making the crossover to the ornate.
With summer coming to a close and autumn in the air, you may find yourself recalling the many colors of the summer garden beds. Fret not, an easy way to extend the colorful displays of nature is to plant chrysanthemums.