Fall Mums And How To Care For Them

Fall mums are a beautiful symbol of fall. With their rich colors that let you know autumn is here, or is on its way. Fall mums have colorful domes of blooms in the golden jewel-tone hews that look perfect on your porch, alongside your pumpkins or alone in your flowerbeds.

Fall’s favorite flower, otherwise known as chrysanthemums.

Fall Mums And How To Care For Them


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So This Is What Fall Feels Like?

So this is what fall feels like?

Today, in Waco, there is no fall in the air.  Today, there is a temperature of 81, high humidity, rain in the forecast and it is squashing my fall feels. I won’t let this happen.

So This Is What Fall Feels Like?

I will transport my mind back to an October day that I cherish. In New York City.

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All the feels of fall


view from the grapevines at the Meritage Resort in Napa

One of the best things from our trip to San Francisco and Napa was the weather and the natural fall colors, even in the big city.

It’s no secret that I love fall and all the feels of fall. The temperatures, the colors, the smells. It’s also no secret that I live in Texas and we have very few of these feels.

Pier 39
the trees out our window in San Francisco

“Life is either an adventure…. or nothing at all,” said Helen Keller.

Helen Keller didn’t have the ability to see or hear but she still knew what adventure was. She was a smart girl.

Our adventure started in San Francisco and it was full of all the glory of fall. The trees were beautiful and even though it was a large urban city, it was full of streets and neighborhoods that were tree lined and full of color.

Our view out our hotel was stunning because we saw the bay, the wharf and all that entails. And these trees.

Pier 39
View from our hotel room in San Francisco, Pier 39

Our window opened wide and when we were in the room, it was open. I would have slept with it open, if it were up to me. You could hear all the street music (this reminded me of Paris and New Orleans). You could even hear the sea lions barking and that was lovely. You could feel the cool air. You could smell the sea.

The neighborhoods were full of touches of fall, both manmade and natural.

storefront in North beach area of San Francisco

The storefronts had pumpkins and Halloween décor.

We walked up (most everything was up!) the hill to Ghirardelli Square where the stores were lovely and the smell of chocolate was even more lovely.

San Francisco
Ghirardelli Square

There was a fountain in the center of the square that had been emptied and the water had been replaced with pumpkins–of every size and color. It was a sight for these fall-loving eyes.

San Francisco
pumpkins in the fountain at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco

In the streets and on the sidewalks, there were beautiful fall colored leaves. That had fallen. (duh!)

San Francisco
leaves on the streets of san Francisco

I would love a bouquet of fresh fall leaves. They really can be almost as pretty and vibrant as flowers.  They probably wouldn’t have the same lovely fragrance though, would they?

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”- Albert Camus

Inglenook Winery
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grapevines in Napa

Napa was also full of these colors, and the cooler fall temps. In the perfect rows of grapevines, in the rolling hills that seems to be like a fall patchwork quilt. And of course in the trees. All the sights mixed with drizzling rain and cool temperatures, I knew I was no longer in Texas.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery

Our view out our patio in Napa was another lovely sight. Grapevines, that were changing colors, and a statue of a grape stomper.

Napa view
view out our patio at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa

One day, Danni and I were sitting on the patio and I saw something moving. I wish we had binoculars but we did have my camera with a zoom.

A sweet little jack rabbit. His big ears were swishing when I first saw him. In our family, we love bunnies and see them as a sign of peace.

jack rabbit we saw in Napa

This was a very peaceful place.

In Napa, even walls have pretty fall leaves. (Inglenook Winery)

The wineries that we visited were all full of natural vegetation that was feeling the autumn temperatures. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the fall beauty.

It was everywhere.  Even growing up the ancient walls of the wineries.

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”- John Burroughs

fallen leaves in Napa

Yes, the weather definitely played a part of our experience in California. It was almost another character to the story. When we stepped off the plane in Dallas, it all came back, hitting us in the face-like a bad pie. It was like walking back in time into August all over again.

Napa moments with Lisa

Thanks for welcoming us home, Texas. I love you, but I am not sure why I live here in you.

Love and blessings~dd

This is not the first time I have written about fall leaves. To read more of my love for these beautiful shapely gifts from God, read here.


I love pumpkins.

Day Eight on the thirty-wonderful days of writing and I am going to give you pumpkin inspiration.

Harvest day
Harvest day

I love pumpkins.  Always have.  But this year I have grown my own.  My own ten pumpkin babies and I have two more on the way!

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pumpkin baby

When I say “pumpkin babies’ it is because when you have no bees, you improvise, with self-pollination.


Before you freak out—this is a thing.  A real thing.  I googled it and researched  it and became a pro.

a few of my pumpkin babies
a few of my pumpkin babies

And now, I have ten pumpkin babies!

pumpkin patch
pumpkin still on the vine

Henry Davis Thoreau once said, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

homegrown pumpkin
a pumpkin from deedee’s pumpkin patch

And my prized first-born was Prudence.


Read about Prudence and my inaugural pumpkin patch here.

Prudence and the pups
Prudence and the pups

Growing pumpkins is a piece of cake (pumpkin cake!!) and seems to have a lot to do with luck.  I can give you pointers.  I highly recommend you try it.

And had I had bees…please!!

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie,” Jim Davis so wittingly wrote.

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Maw and Cha and one of my homegrown pumpkins
Maw and Cha and one of my homegrown pumpkins

Not Prudence though.  Prudence will not be a pie.

pumpkins and flowers
In Texas, you get pumpkins and flowers because it is still scorching hot.

I hope you enjoyed my pumpkin inspiration.

Do you also have a pumpkin-love?

love and blessings~dd