Nashville, TN – Autumn fun is here! From pumpkin-picking to fall birthday celebrations, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture says agritourism destinations are sure to create a lifetime of memories for the whole family.
If you are looking for the perfect adventure this season, you’re in luck. Many pick-your-own pumpkin patches are already open, and most operations will be in full swing the beginning of October.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee is home to the “Nursery Capital of the World,” and autumn is the best time to capitalize on that fact. From east to west, growers all across the state sell high quality plants, trees, and shrubs that add curb appeal and value to property.
The purchase of locally grown perennial nursery stock that is properly transplanted into a landscape is an investment that pays off.
I begin in September full of anticipation and hope that the trees in Clarksville will provide a gorgeous show of color. Then, I bring that color into my home with inexpensive, easy decorating ideas.
Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Washington, D.C. – According to folklore, every full Moon has a special name. There’s the Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Worm Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Flower Moon, the Strawberry Moon, the Thunder Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon, the Beaver Moon, and the Long Night’s Moon.
Each name tells us something about the season or month in which the full Moon appears.
This month’s full Moon is the Harvest Moon.
If you look around your neighbors’ yards you may see Naked Ladies- also known as Surprise Lilies and Magic Lilies- popping up everywhere. These are Summer’s gift after many hot days, humid nights, and a sudden shower or two. They seem to magically pop out of the ground overnight and give a brief warning that Summer is almost over and Fall is just around the corner. Gone are the delicate pale pink and prissy lemon yellow blooms of Spring, and in their place have roared in the hot coal reds and glowing oranges of Summertime in the South. «Read the rest of this article»
Winter-Related Damage Causes Over A Billion Dollars In Losses Each Year
New York, NY – Many winter-related disasters can be prevented if you take a few simple steps to protect your home from freezing temperatures, snow and wind. With the weather still mild, autumn is the perfect time to winter-proof your home, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
“Standard homeowners policies cover winter-related disasters such as burst pipes, ice dams, and wind damage caused by weight of ice or snow, as well as fire-related losses,” said Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and consumer spokesperson for the I.I.I. “Coverage for flooding is available from the National Flood Insurance Program and from some private insurance companies. Winter-related damage to cars is generally covered under the comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy.” «Read the rest of this article»
The other morning I’m driving on 41A South through the Sango area. Many of the leaves have fallen from the trees already. This reminds me that summer has passed and winter is coming upon us. A lot of times it can depress us when we think about a cold, dreary winter, but as I look at the barren trees my mind races forward to the spring and I look through winter knowing that spring will be coming.
Winter in itself can be beautiful especially when we realize that it will only last for a season. Let us look through the storms of life and see the spring that lies ahead of us when we’re trusting in God. There is scripture found in Proverbs 3:5&6 which reads, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” KJV
“If you are growing, you are going”
Portland, OR – Trees are often overlooked during the summer when it comes to watering. Yet, when trees go dormant for autumn and winter – meaning active root growth comes to a standstill – and deciduous trees lose their leaves, they make up for deficits and absorb as much water and nutrients as they can hold. Enter fall’s first rains, windstorms and freezes, and homeowners are guaranteed a dose of trouble. «Read the rest of this article»
Autumn. Leaves rustling around your feet as you walk across the yard. the vibrant yellows and burnt orange brilliance of the sugar maples is fading. Apples, ripe from the orchards, beckon, with a hint of apple pie and the warm taste of mulled cider.
As we move ever closer to the holidays, here’s our family rendition of hot mulled apple cider and oven baked apples for you to enjoy.
Hot Mulled Apple Cider
In a small bowl, mix star anise, whole allspice berries, dried orange peel and whole cloves (you can divide this mix and place in small cheesecloth bags). Reserve 12-24 cinnamon sticks. Half one orange, and slice the halves into 1/4 inch slices. «Read the rest of this article»
Here in Montgomery County, our tiny community has a special signal of sorts they send out for the arrival of Autumn. I like to think of it like this:
About every mile and a half here in this area you will find a tobacco barn. Tobacco is the largest seasonal crop here, other than soybeans. So you figure the Farmers being outside all summer, working with the earth, would naturally be the first to sense the changing of the season. What these farmers here do is, about early September, they go into their tobacco barns and dig a little hole in the earth, start a small fire: the smoke rises up through the barn, through their tobacco crop that has been cut and is drying out, and travels up into the sky. Well, if you’ve ever seen a tobacco barn smoking you’d know you can smell it for miles before you see it! Then the next farmer on down the road receives the message, if you will, and does the same in his barn, and so on and so on. Before long, every area within a ten mile radius of this place is perfumed with the smell of cut tobacco. This smell is comparable to a pep rally bonfire, or a warm log on the fire in winter, only much richer. «Read the rest of this article»
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