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BOO! HallOween in Both my Urban "Terrace" & Indoor Succulent Gardens


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
AND
** = http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2010/09/juans-awesome-installation-allows.html
The flora in this image includes my Beech Tree, Creeping Jenny and Autumn Clematis. Blog posts for all @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com AND @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com
The flora in this image includes my Beech Tree, Creeping Jenny and Autumn Clematis. Blog posts for all @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com AND @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com
1)"Rain" Feeder (w/Seed Saucer NOT a Seed Hoop), 2)Thistle Feeder, 3) Suet Feeder, 4) "Shine" Feeder in its protective "fence."  Feeders 1,2, and 4 have been discussd in posts here on HT. Info re "things" in image @ http://bit.ly/15JBQ
1)"Rain" Feeder (w/Seed Saucer NOT a Seed Hoop), 2)Thistle Feeder, 3) Suet Feeder, 4) "Shine" Feeder in its protective "fence." Feeders 1,2, and 4 have been discussd in posts here on HT. Info re "things" in image @ http://bit.ly/15JBQ
Halloween 2012. View 1. The black circle indicates pumpkin lights strung along my urban hedge which is a bamboo trellis as discussed on HT @ http://bit.ly/1bsi4vc
Halloween 2012. View 1. The black circle indicates pumpkin lights strung along my urban hedge which is a bamboo trellis as discussed on HT @ http://bit.ly/1bsi4vc
Halloween 2012. View 2. Black circle (R) indicates pumpkin lights strung along my bamboo trellis  urban hedge. The (L) circle shows Halloween decor on another urban hedge discussed @ http://bit.ly/17. #1+2 are now repurposed items.
Halloween 2012. View 2. Black circle (R) indicates pumpkin lights strung along my bamboo trellis urban hedge. The (L) circle shows Halloween decor on another urban hedge discussed @ http://bit.ly/17. #1+2 are now repurposed items.
A lone Jack-O-Lantern enjoys seeing how a mourning dove holds a seed in his/her beak! INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://bit.ly/13kijm0 AND @ http://bit.ly/17AAd1x
A lone Jack-O-Lantern enjoys seeing how a mourning dove holds a seed in his/her beak! INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://bit.ly/13kijm0 AND @ http://bit.ly/17AAd1x
The lone Jack-O-Lantern also enjoys eavesdropping on mourning doves' convos!INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://bit.ly/13kijm0 AND @ http://bit.ly/17AAd1x
The lone Jack-O-Lantern also enjoys eavesdropping on mourning doves' convos!INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://bit.ly/13kijm0 AND @ http://bit.ly/17AAd1x
Lone Jack-O-Lantern gets a chuckle out of a shortsighted  house female finch LANDING on a mourning dove's tail! INFO on Finches @ http://bit.ly/RJiRfI AND @ http://bit.ly/VemJsF
Lone Jack-O-Lantern gets a chuckle out of a shortsighted house female finch LANDING on a mourning dove's tail! INFO on Finches @ http://bit.ly/RJiRfI AND @ http://bit.ly/VemJsF
One of my Jack-O-Lanterns listened in on a convo with a male house finch and a mourning dove!  INFO on Finches @ http://bit.ly/RJiRfI AND @ http://bit.ly/VemJsF
One of my Jack-O-Lanterns listened in on a convo with a male house finch and a mourning dove! INFO on Finches @ http://bit.ly/RJiRfI AND @ http://bit.ly/VemJsF
The flora in this image includes my Creeping Jenny and Autumn Clematis. Blog posts for all @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com AND @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com
The flora in this image includes my Creeping Jenny and Autumn Clematis. Blog posts for all @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com AND @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com
Pumpkin Lights Share Lattice With Autumn Clematis.  INFO on trailing habits of Autumn Clematis @ https://vimeo.com/37027072 AND @ http://bit.ly/19nccfc
Pumpkin Lights Share Lattice With Autumn Clematis. INFO on trailing habits of Autumn Clematis @ https://vimeo.com/37027072 AND @ http://bit.ly/19nccfc
Pumpkin Lights Share Trivets With Autumn Clematis View 1. INFO on trailing habits of Autumn Clematis @ https://vimeo.com/37027072 AND @ http://bit.ly/19nccfc
Pumpkin Lights Share Trivets With Autumn Clematis View 1. INFO on trailing habits of Autumn Clematis @ https://vimeo.com/37027072 AND @ http://bit.ly/19nccfc
Pumpkin Lights Share Trivets With Autumn Clematis View 2. INFO on trailing habits of Autumn Clematis @ https://vimeo.com/37027072 AND @ http://bit.ly/19nccfc
Pumpkin Lights Share Trivets With Autumn Clematis View 2. INFO on trailing habits of Autumn Clematis @ https://vimeo.com/37027072 AND @ http://bit.ly/19nccfc
Pumpkin Lights Share Trivets With Autumn Clematis View 3. INFO on trailing habits of Autumn Clematis @ https://vimeo.com/37027072 AND @ http://bit.ly/19nccfc
Pumpkin Lights Share Trivets With Autumn Clematis View 3. INFO on trailing habits of Autumn Clematis @ https://vimeo.com/37027072 AND @ http://bit.ly/19nccfc
HALLOWEEN 2010. (Image with a "story" was featured in a 2011 post on TLLG's Blogger Pages @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/09/my-september-baccalaureate-journey.html.)
HALLOWEEN 2010. (Image with a "story" was featured in a 2011 post on TLLG's Blogger Pages @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/09/my-september-baccalaureate-journey.html.)
HALLOWEEN 2011-A.(Image with a "story" was featured in a 2011 post on TLLG's Blogger Pages @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/10/todays-last-saturday-of-october-2011.html.)
HALLOWEEN 2011-A.(Image with a "story" was featured in a 2011 post on TLLG's Blogger Pages @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/10/todays-last-saturday-of-october-2011.html.)
HALLOWEEN 2011-B. (Image with a "story" was featured in a 2011 post on TLLG's Blogger Pages @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/10/todays-last-saturday-of-october-2011.html.)
HALLOWEEN 2011-B. (Image with a "story" was featured in a 2011 post on TLLG's Blogger Pages @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/10/todays-last-saturday-of-october-2011.html.)
HALLOWEEN 2006. This image was the basis for a design re one of my Halloween cards @ http://www.patriciayoungquist.com/Pages/store/notes_hc.html#halloEve
HALLOWEEN 2006. This image was the basis for a design re one of my Halloween cards @ http://www.patriciayoungquist.com/Pages/store/notes_hc.html#halloEve
HALLOWEEN 2011. A time when the clematis "allowed" strawberries to grow in its home (view three.
HALLOWEEN 2011. A time when the clematis "allowed" strawberries to grow in its home (view three.
HALLOWEEN 2011. A time when the clematis "allowed" strawberries to grow in its home (view one).
HALLOWEEN 2011. A time when the clematis "allowed" strawberries to grow in its home (view one).
HALLOWEEN 2011. A time when the clematis "allowed" strawberries to grow in its home (view two AND this photo featured w/story @ http://bit.ly/1g6E7ad.)
HALLOWEEN 2011. A time when the clematis "allowed" strawberries to grow in its home (view two AND this photo featured w/story @ http://bit.ly/1g6E7ad.)
HALLOWEEN 2011. (Image with a "story" was featured in a 2011 post on TLLG's Blogger Pages @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/10/monday-musings-3-happy-halloween-its.html.)
HALLOWEEN 2011. (Image with a "story" was featured in a 2011 post on TLLG's Blogger Pages @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/10/monday-musings-3-happy-halloween-its.html.)
HALLOWEEN 2006. This image was also the basis for a design re one of my Halloween cards @ HALLOWEEN 2006. This image was also the basis for a design re one of my Halloween cards @ http://bit.ly/1726u1k
HALLOWEEN 2006. This image was also the basis for a design re one of my Halloween cards @ HALLOWEEN 2006. This image was also the basis for a design re one of my Halloween cards @ http://bit.ly/1726u1k
HALLOWEEN 2005. This image was also the basis for a design re one of my Halloween cards @ http://www.patriciayoungquist.com/Pages/store/notes_hc.html#halloEve
HALLOWEEN 2005. This image was also the basis for a design re one of my Halloween cards @ http://www.patriciayoungquist.com/Pages/store/notes_hc.html#halloEve
Image featured in a "story" re billboards AND one re lavender. INFO @ http://bit.ly/No4tE9 AND @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/06/this-seasons-charming-lavandula.html
Image featured in a "story" re billboards AND one re lavender. INFO @ http://bit.ly/No4tE9 AND @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2011/06/this-seasons-charming-lavandula.html
Image featured in a blog post about about garden lighting. INFO @ http://bit.ly/No4tE9
Image featured in a blog post about about garden lighting. INFO @ http://bit.ly/No4tE9
My succulent garden in the good ol' summer time (view one). Image featured in one of my PINTEREST Boards @ http://www.pinterest.com/thellgardener/my-indoor-succulent-garden/
My succulent garden in the good ol' summer time (view one). Image featured in one of my PINTEREST Boards @ http://www.pinterest.com/thellgardener/my-indoor-succulent-garden/
My succulent garden in the good ol' summer time (view two). Image featured in one of my July postings on HT 
@ http://www.hometalk.com/1743163/ladybugs-aka-coccinellidae-novemnotatas-role-in-gardens
My succulent garden in the good ol' summer time (view two). Image featured in one of my July postings on HT @ http://www.hometalk.com/1743163/ladybugs-aka-coccinellidae-novemnotatas-role-in-gardens
Featured on TLLG's FB Page in October of 2012 @
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=424723900910322&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1380804286.&type=3&theater
Featured on TLLG's FB Page in October of 2012 @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=424723900910322&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1380804286.&type=3&theater
Featured on TLLG's tumblr pages in October of 2012 @
http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/post/34298191721/i-have-not-posted-much-about-my-indoor-succulent
Featured on TLLG's tumblr pages in October of 2012 @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/post/34298191721/i-have-not-posted-much-about-my-indoor-succulent
Featured on one of TLLG's PINTEREST Boards @ http://www.pinterest.com/thellgardener/
Featured on one of TLLG's PINTEREST Boards @ http://www.pinterest.com/thellgardener/
ALSO Featured on TLLG's tumblr pages in October of 2012 @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/post/34298191721/i-have-not-posted-much-about-my-indoor-succulent
ALSO Featured on TLLG's tumblr pages in October of 2012 @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/post/34298191721/i-have-not-posted-much-about-my-indoor-succulent
Old and new friends will be on "deck" in my succulent garden this Halloween season. Some of them can be seen here rehearsing, for they know I plan to "dedicate" many posts in my cyber-venues to them!
Old and new friends will be on "deck" in my succulent garden this Halloween season. Some of them can be seen here rehearsing, for they know I plan to "dedicate" many posts in my cyber-venues to them!

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4 comments
  • Alexandra Arena
    on Oct 3, 2013

    WOW! I love it, Patricia! Such a wonderful oasis in the city!

  • MulberryStreet
    on Oct 6, 2013

    I love how you arranged your pumpkin lights rather than in a straight line. They look great.

    • TheLastLeafGardener
      on Oct 7, 2013

      @Amy Regenbogen Thanks, Amy but I can't take credit for the pumpkin's positioning! Have you ever tried to get them to stand in line?

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