This past Tuesday, October 1st, Juan V "installed" my Halloween decorations in my urban (NYC) garden. Because Halloween is not until the end of the month, we confined this year's decor to a specific area of my garden (the southeast corner) and a few details of this can be seen in the first image accompanying this HT entry.
The second image has been included to give you a sense of where my bird-feeders are in relation to the most northern point of my Halloween motif, as I have discussed issues related to my feeders in a number of posts here on HT.
Last year I had my Halloween decorations in various places in my garden, including pumpkin lights strung along two of my urban hedges (as seen in images three and four) that are on the west side of my garden. These are "hedges" I have discussed in a couple of posts here on HT (links are provided in captions of the aforementioned images).
And in 2012, for part of the season, I also had a Jack-O-Lantern on the table you see in images two and three. I did this because Jack-O-Lanterns are avid bird watchers that partake in the passtime without the aid of binoculars (as you might surmise from images five through eight).
This year, as evidenced in image one and nine, the Jack-O-Lanterns will have to do their bird watching from atop my Creeping Jenny, a plant that shares a home with my Autumn Clematis.
A portion of my autumn clematis, as you may recall (if you viewed my garden themed movie The Kiwi Speaks! Fifteen Minutes of Fame . . . almost*) trails up the south wall of my garden (clinging to trivets on my wall as the vine makes its way up and across the wall**). And Juan V placed some of this year's pumpkin lights (that were strung on a couple of my urban hedges last year), on those trivets as seen images ten through twelve. In image thirteen, the lights can be seen sharing the lattice with my autumn clematis.
This is the first year the pumpkin lights will share the trivets with the autumn clematis; however, it is not the first year my autumn clematis will share its lattice with the pumpkin lights, as evidenced in images fourteen through sixteen.
In fact, long before the clematis began to trail up the lattice (back in 2006), another type of Halloween lights were used in this location. I've since given this strand to my sister and her family but they can be seen in image seventeen.
Moreover, the autumn clematis has been sharing its container with Halloween visitors (pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns) for a number of years (even in an early snowfall) as seen in images eighteen through twenty-two).
However, when I first began to decorate in my garden for Halloween in 2005, I also strung pumpkin lights up a pole that is attached to a pole where my H.F. Clematis does its trailing. A view of this is featured in image twenty-three.
Also in bygone years of Halloween decor placement, there was a time I strung my lights along an old SODAS sign (as seen in images twenty-four and twenty-five) that has since been removed from my garden to make room for the kiwi vines' traveling around the rail of my garden.
Having said all of this about decorating my urban garden for Halloween this year (as well as in bygone years), I must confess that I also have activity in my indoor succulent garden for the Halloween season.
I haven't written much about my indoor garden other than to have a visiting ladybug help me co-author an HT post this past July (@ http://www.hometalk.com/1743163/ladybugs-aka-coccinellidae-novemnotatas-role-in-gardens).
You may recognize her from the images twenty-four and twenty-five accompanying today's entry. In any event she and most of her comrades (the other figurines you see in the aforementioned images) have left for the season.
Meanwhile, my visitors for the Halloween season are beginning to settle in for the October festivities. The "dude" in image twenty-six has returned (he visited for the first time last year), and, in spite of his "scary" appearance, he is tearful that his friend (who is losing his teeth as seen in image twenty-seven) will not be here! (I sent him to Illinois to visit my mother.) BUT, he is consoled to see that many of his friends will be returning, including the skeptic (seen in image twenty-eight), for he remembers the good times he had in my succulent last year (when the "group" was photographed together as seen in image twenty-nine).
However, the "dude" (image twenty-six) is a bit surprised at how lush my indoor succulent garden has become since his last visit, but he is also very excited about the cast of characters who will be interacting with him this year. They can be seen in image thirty and I plan to post about their antics throughout October, so please stay tuned!
FOOTNOTE: * = https://vimeo.com/37027072
** = http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2010/09/juans-awesome-installation-allows.html
BOO! HallOween in Both my Urban "Terrace" & Indoor Succulent Gardens
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Published October 3rd, 2013 8:00 AM