A Watering Can Welcome and Welcome November


Welcome November. . .how did you get here so quickly?


 I cut some Limelight hydrangeas, maiden grass and feathery fall grasses to fill a watering can to hang in welcome on the door of the Potting Shed.



Grasses are ready to sprinkle, replacing the missing watering can rose.


Fall is late arriving here but the leaves are starting to turn and foliage is beginning to acquire a burnished and golden hue.



 November’s shadows are long and her light is waning. . .I’m not ready to fall back and lose an hour of daylight this Sunday!


Plaid wellies are filled with leaves that are beginning to dress in their fall colors.





I’ve been stalking Monarch butterflies with my camera, most of the time unsuccessfully, but thrilled to find some fluttering by to stop at the milkweed this weekend!


Generation 3 and 4 monarchs don’t lay eggs, instead are fueling up for their winter migration to Mexico.


And providing some welcome fall color with wings.


You can read about the life cycle and migration of Monarch butterflies, here.



I’m drinking in the fall color and taking time to watch the leaves turn before the mayhem of the holidays begin!


Are you happy to welcome November?


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  29 comments for “A Watering Can Welcome and Welcome November

  1. November 1, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Happy November Mary-enjoy:@)

  2. Linda L
    November 1, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Great post. The wellies reminded me of the first time I saw one of your photos. It was on Pinterest and I think the boots had a Christmas theme. I was enchanted. That’s when I joined your wonderful blog spot and it’s been “happy ever after.” Thank you.

  3. November 1, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Mary, you welcomed November beautifully…the Wellies are too cute! Your photos of the monarchs are splendid! Happy Tuesday, Pam @ Everyday Living

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    November 1, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Beautiful!! All that’s needed now is the Turkey!!! 🍁🦃🍂🌻🌾

  5. Cheryl
    November 1, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Really, really beautiful. Can’t wait for the foliage to fully turn.

  6. RS
    November 1, 2016 at 8:20 am

    November is my birthday month and my husbands. It seems that Thanksgiving gets all the glory, thank you for spotlighting other beautiful moments in the month!

  7. November 1, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I AM happy to welcome November, and you really have celebrated it so well in your photos! Your monarch pictures must have felt like a prize to capture (I know the feeling of the chase). Your grasses in the spout – so clever. You’ve even captured the beauty of fall in the light, which will become ever so elusive in the week to come. :( I just want to enjoy the late fall we’re also having, because soon the melancholy of bareness all around and leaves rustling on the pavement, in the grass will be all that’s left of it of garden vibrancy for several months. I do enjoy the calm of winter, but it can be so harsh with its effects of short days, snow and bitter cold.

  8. Janet O. Robinson
    November 1, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Beautiful Pictures Mary, November is a gentle month down your way. I call it the Rust Month! With the change in climate our Novembers are fairly warm now. Thank you again!

  9. November 1, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I’m just waiting for some cooler temperatures, Mary! Yesterday was a record breaking warm Halloween. Your potting shed looks ready for November and those wellies put a smile on my face. I’m not ready to lose an hour of sunlight, either, and wish we didn’t have to ever change the clocks!

  10. Granny Gay
    November 1, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Thank you for your beautiful November beginning this morning. Seeing the monarchs reminded of a morning on a 4th floor balcony on the beach in Alabama many Novembers ago…there, perched on the railing, was a monarch, which seemed to be lost from its group. Allowed me time to capture her picture…. fluffed her wings a few times and then away she flew. She must have been a ‘people-butterfly’ as she was in no hurry to leave. Thanks for stirrin’ up that memory, Mary….

  11. November 1, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I’m so excited for you to have monarchs. Love your pictures of them on the milkweed. I planted a milkweed plant but no monarchs to my dismay! Maybe another year. Thank you so much for the link about their life cycle and migration. I plan to study it and share your post with my garden club. We need to make a group effort to attract monarchs here.
    The other day I was moved to tears when on Pinterest viewing gorgeous pictures of every imaginable color and variety of butterflies. What a master creator we have!
    I share your watering can love too. Enjoyed your post this morning.

  12. Michelle S.
    November 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Hi, beautiful pictures! I always look forward to reading your posts. For a few moments I picture myself being at the shed where it looks so beautiful and peaceful. Can you tell me what kind and color of milkweed you have? I’ve been wanted to plant some for the butterflies but I don’t know which kind to plant. I see so many varieties at the garden center. Thanks!

  13. Belle Bleu Interiors
    November 1, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Such a beautiful post, Mary! I love your watering can arrangement…absolutely gorgeous! Happy November!!!

  14. November 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Your photos are beautiful, especially the monarchs! I don’t see many butterflies here, sadly. I am going to LOOK for them now, very carefully. LOVE the watering can. Happy November to you!

  15. Darlene
    November 1, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I always enjoy your posts Mary, this one is no exception. Here in Clemmons, our leaves are finally turning too. So hard to believe there are still green leaves in November. I love this month too – Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, and the beginnings of Christmas, all in one wonderful month. Happy November!

  16. November 1, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Oh, my! These images are incredible. The monarch butterflies are incredibly gorgeous, and you captured each exquisite detail. I adore your nature posts as much as your tablescapes. Your eye for beauty is flawless! A friend and neighbor just brought me a gorgeous vintage iron planter that she no longer wants. I’m eager to get it planted and have it spilling over with beauty for Thanksgiving.

    • November 1, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Oh what fun Sarah! I’m sure she knew you’d give it a good home and do it justice by planting it with a harvest of beauty each season :)

  17. franki
    November 1, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    November arrived in all her finery!! She wore just one monarch butterfly on my buddleia..less is more look I guess. franki

  18. Cyndi Raines
    November 1, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Oh, so pretty. We are having a wonderful Indian summer – 74 in MI on the 1st of November is a wonderful thing! Love, love the watering can and her spout of feathers – so unique!

  19. martha
    November 1, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    HI, Your posts and pictures are always so beautiful and I enjoy them. I have only had the orange butterfly weed before, so I looked yours up to see where it may be found. You were fortunate to find it at Lowes! In case anyone is interested, several online catalogs carry it, if they still have it. American Meadows stated, Hello Yellow is the first hybrid of famous Orange Butterfly Weed but with beautiful yellow flowers. (Asclepias tuberosa)

    • November 2, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Thanks for the information on Orange Butterfly Weed Martha!

  20. November 2, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Happy November Mary, it did come too soon- but I do love how you are celebrating with the limelight hydrangeas and the grass spouted watering can, so whimsical and pretty! Your wellies look wonderful full of bright leaves, it’s hard to believe that soon there will be turkey on the table and thoughts of Christmas and snow- I have seen so many beautiful butterflies this fall and think of you every time I see one!

  21. November 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Yes…welcome November….love the rusty, crusty watering can … So wonderful to see that potting shed porch welcoming in November with such beauty…and what a great photo of the butterfly!….Mother Nature at its best!

  22. November 3, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Yes, Mary, I do like November! The light is so beautiful, the air is crispy, and the trees can be covered still with leaves or with snowy edges! It’s always a surprise! I love your idea of using the grasses. We have seen more Monarchs this year too with more available milkweed patches. I love seeing them fluttering by. Your photos are gorgeous and seeing the butterfly so closely with the delicate wings and limbs and tongue makes me wonder how they can be so fragile and yet withstand the conditions of those migrations. Beautiful post! Linda

  23. November 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I must tell you Mary, when I open my blog list to visit, I’m always eager to fly to yours first. Your pics, puppies and posts, simply are PERFECT, grins and thanks for all my smiles when I read your blog, Sandi

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