Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fall at the Arboretum

It has been so rainy in the Dallas area, I have had a hard time finding a Saturday to go to the Arboretum. Even though today was cloudy and pretty chilly, it was a great day to tour some of the gardens.
It is fall, and the trial gardens are full of plants showing off their fall colors. It was so wet, I just stayed on the walkway and didn't venture over like I usually do. Looks like most things did really well this past year. They will be planting bulbs and pansies pretty soon I think.
The cute little thatched roof house is still transformed into Hansel and Gretel's house. The plants on either side of the walkway look like they are about ready to stop blooming, but they have been spectacular this past year. I love the cottage look this area has.
This is one of the ponds. I think it looks great! It won't be long before the lilies and poppies will stop blooming. In the winter, the ponds look cold and lonely, but the minute warm weather returns, the pond comes back to life.
This is one of the beds around the grassy meadow. This time of year the Arboretum beds are full of coleus (my favorite!) and ornamental grasses. The colors are normally very striking-this cloudy day does not do justice to their brilliance.
And, Cindee, I took this picture just for you! These hens and chicks were really big!
Can you tell it's getting about time for Halloween? woooooo...
And of course, we saw lots and lots of pumpkins!
They lined the walkways..
There were pumpkins to buy..
There was even a pumpkin house!
But we had the cutest pumpkin there!


tina said...

Awww, the grandbaby is getting big and I bet he enjoyed himself with you two immensely. It must've been a different experience seeing the arboretum with a baby than from last year. The gardens look so good! That meadow grass area is my favorite.

Brenda said...

Love the pumpkin house and hen and chicks! And the baby of course!

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

Linda, your little punkin is the cutest ever, although a bit bewildered by the whole day, it appears! I'm looking forward to seeing the Arboretum someday ... thanks for including us in your visit!

I'm behind on blog reading but wanted to tell you (1) I loved your window boxes and want to know what kind of soil you use. My hayracks are a battle to keep moist. (2) That cookie recipe sounds wonderful. I think I'll make some!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

That is the cutest baby ever:)

misterreereeder said...

I have to admit you did have one of the cutest pumpkins. I bet you cannot wait to hear that pumpkin ooohing and ahhhing about the same things you like.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Tina, would you believe this is the first time hubby has gone to the Arboretum! Normally I take my mom. But today we met baby Adam and his parents out there to take pics in the pumpkins!

Brenda, the hens and chicks really caught my eye. It was so "fallish" out there. Mums, pumpkins, cool air...sigh... :)

Hi Cindy! I have tried many mixtues of soil in the boxes, but like your hayracks-they all seem to dry out quickly. I tried the mix that is suppose to hold in moisture, but it doesn't work any better. They seem to do better with a mix that does not have much peat moss in it, so I buy plain Miracle Gro potting soil.

Thanks Aunt Debbi! Adam is a cutie! We really enjoy seeing him.

MR--I think Adam's daddy will have him out on the golf course and not in the garden! :)

Pam/Digging said...

Cute pics of your little pumpkin. I wish we were closer so that we could visit during October and see all the pumpkins too.

JenningsJunk said...

Awesome pictures...I love being able to identify the "spot" of the picture, since there's no way I could identify the plants. But I sure do enjoy looking at all the plants ;-) LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of you and hubby and grandbaby!!!!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Pam, I have often thought I wish we could do a Texas garden bloggers day at the Arboretum--so I wish you were closer too. It's really very pretty-especially in late spring.

Thanks JJ--I don't usually do pics of Bert and I--but Adam makes this an exception to the rule! :)
Yes, you know the places well I bet! Hey, there were no floating pumpkins yesterday. The fountain had water in it..but no pumpkins!

Lola said...

What a great outing. Cutest lil punkin I ever saw.
I did notice the headless horseman's head. Neat the way they made the horses.
Never seen a pumpkin house before.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Lola-I love the way the Arboretum uses pumpkins every year. Very clever folks there! Last year that had floating pumpkins, but did not have any on Saturday. I guess really the Arboretum is pretty every season though--it makes my day to walk through the gardens.

Susie said...

Oh Linda you guys did have the cutest pumpkin there. How sweet!

Thanks for sharing scenes from the garden. It still looks lovely for this time of year.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Susie!

Yes, the Arboretum is really pretty all year long--even in winter I can find beauty in things there.

Anonymous said...

OMG, Adam is the cutest little punkin ever!! And, the photos of the Arboretum are gorgeous - count me in on a fall trip to Dallas next year for our birthdays.

Kim(your sister, teeheehee)

Meadowview Thymes said...

Hi Sister Kim! Wish you could see Adam..he is a cutie!
Mother will be excited to know you want to come in next fall for our birthdays! She was hoping you would. The Arboretum is pretty all the time, but fall and spring are at time breathtaking!
See ya weeks! :)

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Your little pumpkin is precious! That little cottage made from pumpkins is awesome, too!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Nola! :)
I love all the pumpkins at the Arboretum.. They do such creative things with them!

marmee said...

that little pumpkin is just too cute. i know you are proud of him. it looks like you had a wonderful time at the glad you went. the gardens are gorgeous and seeing all the pumpkins does get one in the mood to celebrate.
happy autumn.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Hi Marmee! Hope things are going well for you.
Yes, our little punkin is a cutie! The Arboretum is so pretty in fall. I love to see all the fall color mixed in with the pumpkins.

Anonymous said...

I love the use of all those pumpkins in the Arboretum gardens. Looks like alot of us are having a rainy October so far. It makes it feel cold & dreary here.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Racquel, I can't believe all the rain. It is finally sunny here today, and I have spent most of the day outside. Our back is still boggy though.
(sooo glad to see your comment!) :)