I will be using the following words to describe everything in the future…

I will be using the following words to describe everything in the future: lovely, charming, or glorious!

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Fall is here!

Fall means peaches, festivals, and a few other things!

Peach cobbler, peach ice cream, and all things peaches!
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The pink bananas are blooming and fruiting (musa veluntina)
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Celosia! This beautiful group is at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.
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Borden House at Fletcher Park. A park in Raleigh, North Carolina
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Fall Festivals:  SparkCON (www.sparkcon.com) art festival. All types of artist. An acrobat here!
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FashionCon: Local designers. My favorite was the Lumina Men’s line.
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SparkCON street painting!
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Pita pizza pie from Neomonde Mediterranean Bakery: This one was cheese, olives and tomatoes!
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and homemade oatmeal cookies! Although, one is trying to escape!
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and when the coveted front table at Cup-A-Joe is available!
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The perennial boarder at JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU
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The pumpkins should be arrive soon at the farmer’s markets!

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Sometimes you have to use a mower…

By this time of the season many of the aggressive annuals have become unruly and so thick and tall you have to take almost drastic measures to get the situation under control!

The shiso or perilla is just such a plant which requires this treatment! They are five feet tall. They often form thick stands around the garden because they are heavy reseeders!

When you enter the gate to backyard you are greeted with this thicket!

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The path to the rear garden is barely noticeable with a thicket of Keira to the left and perilla to the right.

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With hand pruners I removed the perilla along the path and the Keira will most likely be relocated.

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The beds around the patio required the most drastic measure… The mower! It was a jungle of perilla, four-o-clocks, obedient plant, and who knows what else?

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Much better! Amazing how fast those guys can grow!

I was surprised to discovered the cholchicums are blooming! The are like a giant fall blooming crocus! Beautiful! They seem to pop up overnight!

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And the Incense Passion flower!

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Of course, Gus took the opportunity to enjoy the sun on this 90 degree day!

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He is 60 pounds of black Labrador/Pitt-bull baby!

atb

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