Gardener Inspiration: Centerpiece with Fall Flair

Fall Cntrpc Gardener’s Inspiration: Fall Flair with Natural & Found Items

This is a really quick Festive Fall Idea we enjoy:

Using your Preserved Fall Leaves, scatter them on a 36″ length of “fall”(color or design, hemmed or just folded under) fabric down the center of a table; arrange selected garden harvest-type items (ie – squash, pumpkins, etc.), accented with pretty spicy-scented votive candles.

Using an apple corer, hollow-out a candleholder space in some of the gourds, pumpkins or apples for votive candles. 

CAUTION: Be sure the item you use as an improvised candle holder is stable and placed in such a way that it will remain in its intended position, to avoid a fire hazard! 


Herbed Pork Chops

Garlic  Baked Herbed Pork Chops with Saffron Rice

4 thick center-cut or butterflied pork chops

a blend of your favorite fresh herbs (I used: Cuban oregano, garlic
chives, marjoram, thyme, true Greek oregano)

salt and pepper – to taste

2 packages Mahatma Yellow Rice: 1 Spicy Saffron; 1 Saffron, or
equivalancy of 1 2/3 cups to about 2 cups cooked saffron rice

20 ounces bullion broth (I use vegetarian vegetable; and do
recommend very low sodium variety, if you use regular `bullion’, so
as to let the herbal flavors through)

1 red pepper, sliced

1 14.5 ounces can diced tomatoes (I used “Italian,” with garlic and

1 whole medium onion, thinly sliced

Sprinkle pork chops with your favorite fresh herbal blend, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour uncooked rice into large covered casserole; place pork chops on top of rice; pour in bullion; layer onion slices on top of meat, then add diced tomatoes on top of onion slices and pork chops. Cover and bake 350-degrees F until cooked through (about 1 ½ hour). Serves 8.

Fall Color in the Garden and Plant Sales are Good Things

Sedum Great sources for quality, reasonably priced plants, include special plant sales held by area public gardens and societies, most often in the spring and fall. Your purchase is truly a gift that keeps on giving, as proceeds are often a benefit for a local public garden, campaign or plant society.

One fall, I was fortunate to attend a special gardener’s day at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, co-sponsored by Carolina Gardener magazine – it was wonderful! It was there I met Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. During the summer, I had strolled “The Herb Study Garden,” which was redesigned by Holly and Osaum Shimizu, and Stephen Wells (Nashville), in 2001, at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.

Holly gave a tremendous program on fall color in the garden, sharing tidbits with us about various plants she particularly favored. There are lots to choose from!

I was pleased to get a couple of her suggestions, to add to our gardens: Helianthus angustifolius PERENNIAL SUNFLOWER; and a lovely white stonecrop, Sedum alboroseum ‘Frosty Morn’ VARIEGATED STONECROP, which contrasts our billowing Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ AUTUMN JOY SEDUM pale purplish pink tints. Of course, I found a few other great additions, as well!

Fall color and interest abounds at DSBG, hope this inspires you…

Gardener’s Glossary

Book Stack Gardener’s Glossary: Leaf mold – Fibrous, flaky material derived from decomposed leaves, used as an ingredient in potting media and as a soil-improver.

Source: The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of
Gardening, DK Publishing, New York, New York, 1993.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Almanac The Farmer’s Almanac is  an annual publication that has been distributed since 1818. Generations of American families trust in its well-known long-range weather predictions as well as invaluable information on gardening, cooking, fishing, and more, presented in a style that informs and delights, while educating!

What and *How* the Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts

For generations, a recognized source of wisdom, seasonal advice, weather prediction…


The Art, Science and Accident of Weather Prediction

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Center

And Our AB-so-lute Personal Fav – “The Truth About the `Wooly Worm'”!

See our Herbal Treasures’ Book Nook for our Recommended Reads: Old Farmer’s Almanac and informational books written by the Old Farmer’s Alamanc. Also for kids!

Garden Project: Bulb Forcing

Bulbs  Fall is a busy time for gardeners, with so many things to do — end of season chores including the lawn, transplanting some new additions for the next season (especially woody plants and spring bulbs, for drifts of color).

Now is the time to take cuttings of tender perennials, to propagate more plants over the winter, to get a jump on spring.

How about forcing some bulbs, for flowers you will enjoy later, indoors? They also make great holiday gifts.

Here’s a “how-to” guide

Fall Planting Schedule for Vegetables

Cornucopia Fall Planting Schedule for Vegetables, based on first frost information

Not sure of the ‘first frost date’ for your area? Search here (US)