Happy Halloween 2015!

A weekend neighborhood walk turned into a hunt for pumpkins to photograph and an appreciation for fall foliage. I invite you to rest and enjoy some color of the season, Chickadee Gardens style!

Our own pumpkins, uncarved, poised near the front door. The "Fairytale" pumpkin on the left is my new favorite.

Here is "Fairytale" pumpkin number two.

This neighbor has some creativity.

Our smokebush has some incredible color, and it just keeps getting better.

These guys look as if they were carved a looong time ago, but they still have a lot of life and personality. Them's some thick whiskers!

Rose hips, such a lovely thing. They really do signal that the seasons have shifted.

This crow signals nothing but messages from the collective!!! OOoooooooooO!

More neighborly pumpkins.

Hmm, somethin' be wrong with the neckbone on this fella!

This kitty was sound asleep in the grass. She had a great nest going on...although not black, what's a Halloween walk without a kitty?

Smokebush or Cotinus x 'Grace' looking smashing in her Halloween best.

A giant inflatable neon-green skull. I need one of these.

Save Frodo from the She-Spider!

Not real but in the spirit.

Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Heatherbun' putting on some great seasonal color.

Some random vine maple glowing in the evening light.

Middle Pumpkin says, "I lean this way, you lean that way. La dee dah!"

Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist' has turned an amazing shade of pink after the smoky blues of its summer foliage.

Penstemon 'Husker Red'. An unexpected source of fall color.

I love it when people make these. They are, in my opinion, waaaay better than most other store-bought decorations. These have a Charlie Brown quality that can't be beat.

We saw a lot of gourds and other kinds of squash this year...not just the ubiquitous orange guys. Is this a trend? I've seen awesome fancy pumpkins at our local Fred Meyer store. Maybe people are growing their own, too.

Homemade combined with strings of lights. Nice.

Cotinus 'Pink Champagne' continues to morph into unexpected colors.

More of our front porch.

 May you all have a frighteningly fabulous Halloween!

That's it for this week at Chickadee Gardens. As always, thank you for reading and until next time, happy gardening!


  1. Happy Halloween Tamara! I enjoyed these pictures from your walk.

  2. So many nice pictures of all kind of pumpkins, some smiling or laughing or nasty looking. And the leaves of the different Cotinus shrubs, the 'Pink Champaign' Cotinus is pretty and very unusual of colour. Indeed, the ghost is the best Halloween attraction, especially when he lights up in the dark, I'm already shivering.

  3. Happy Halloween, I must get my camera out on my next walk !

  4. Great fun! I too have noticed a great assortment of pumpkins, gourds and squash this year - a trend I like! Your Fothergilla has colored up too? Mine is still blue!!!

    Hope you have a fun holiday (your last in Halloween in the city!)

  5. Happy Halloween! Some critter ate my fairytale pumpkins this year. Not scary, but really annoying. At least the orange ones and warty gray ones were left alone!

  6. Happy Halloween! I enjoyed all the fall foliage - that Cotinus 'Pink Champagne" is incredible. I was surprised to see so many unmolested pumpkins. Mine lasted all of 3 days outside before it was consumed by a squirrel (or perhaps a platoon of squirrels). At least one of them had the grace to provide me a good photo.

  7. Happy Halloween! I love your spooky charming post!

  8. Jack-O-Lanterns tend to get scarier the longer they sit around. So much fun as more and more people get into the spirit of Halloween. Enjoy!

  9. Hope you have loads of trick-or-treaters to enjoy your porch pumpkins. Thanks for the Halloween walk, Tamara!

  10. Happy Halloween, T! The one year when we don't try at all, we all of a sudden have tons of Trick or Treaters! Wow, our child-rearing timing totally sucked. Last year, and every year before that, we've usually had zero at the door, and this year (when both kids are too big) it has completely changed. Go figure...

  11. Hope you had a great Halloween! Such a fun walk in your hood with lots of fun decorations! Love the variety of pumpkins and squash available these days.

  12. Well, that was a fun walk! I'm still trying to figure out where you're going to put the giant inflatable neon green skull.


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