Hydrangea, Rose and Pumpkin Harvest


The last of the flowers still pushing blooms were harvested before our frost this weekend. . .

Sprinkled in watering cans and filling a zinc bucket . . . the last hurrah for hydrangeas and roses until we meet again next spring.


 We had our first freeze on Sunday with the mercury plunging into the 20s.


Summer stretched over five months with one of the warmest Septembers in 80 years, while our fall lasted about 20 minutes before we made the leap to winter!

 Hydrangeas were in various stages of bloom and color. . .

Some roses a little past their peak and shabby.


I celebrate pumpkin season beyond the jack-o’-lantern . . .

Enjoying them through Thanksgiving before trading them in for boughs of holly and jingle bells.


Fall is my favorite season and I’ll be sad to see the pumpkins go. . .*sniff*


I like all pumpkins and don’t discriminate. . .

Bumpy, smooth, blue, white, orange, long or short-stemmed.


It’s shaping up to be a very wet and cold week here in North Carolina, with more rain on the way.

Hope you’re staying warm and dry!

Happy Harvest ♥

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  48 comments for “Hydrangea, Rose and Pumpkin Harvest

  1. Alexandra
    November 14, 2018 at 8:20 am

    It looks like a beautiful hybrid of spring and fall colors. A refreshing tribute before the cold weather sets in. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Franki
    November 14, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Now…that’s MY KIND of harvest!!! The colors are spectacular!! My hydrangea didn’t even turn colors…almost SIXTY inches of rain in our part of Virginia. Too much “hydra,” sNOw (some) predicted tomorrow…franki

  3. Linda
    November 14, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Beautiful Mary!! Happy Thanksgiving

  4. November 14, 2018 at 8:32 am

    What a charming display of flowers and pumpkins!! Just beautiful, Mary!

  5. November 14, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Mary, what gorgeous flower therapy on this gloomy, rainy day. Fall is my favorite season and it never seems to last long enough. Thank you for a dose of beauty this morning. See you on Friday❤️

  6. Janet
    November 14, 2018 at 8:35 am

    What kind are the roses

    • November 14, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Mother of Pearl and Popcorn Drift 🌸

  7. Cyndi Raines
    November 14, 2018 at 8:43 am

    What a lovely garden wall of soft flowers and muted colored pumpkins. Lovely arrangement, especially with the watering cans standing as tin soldiers! I love pumpkins too and keep them through Thanksgiving. Then, if there is anything left of them, I cart them to the back of our woods for the woodland critters and deer to have a feast on the seeds and whatever else they want. ☺🍊🍂

  8. Gayle Dodson
    November 14, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Such a bounty of color! I wish my hydrangeas would hold their color into November, but North Alabama was too dry and hot this year. Just a beautiful display of eye candy.

  9. Rita C.
    November 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

    That’s an extraordinary amount of floral harvest for a final pick, Mary! They’re gorgeous! Don’t the wilted leaves of hydrangeas look so sad and depressed? They hung on for a long time…….

  10. Jackie Leonard
    November 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I don’t think you have enough watering cans. Maybe just a couple more.😉 Display GORGEOUS as always.

  11. November 14, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Such a beautiful little setting for the fall. You are so right about the 20 minutes of fall. It’s also my favorite time of year and for the past several years we haven’t had much fall and I was really hoping for a longer one this year. I too am so very tired of all this rain. We are planning a camping trip for this weekend and had to cut Thursday off because of the rain. I just hope it’s not muddy up there. We are headed to Uwharrie National Forest to do some trail hopping in the Jeep.
    I always feel at peace when I come to your blog. It’s differently refreshing!

  12. Linda
    November 14, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Absolutely Beautiful! Unique blend of pastels. Love your talent to put the soft-colored summer blossoms with the light-colored autumn pumpkins. I, too live in the south. It is sometimes hard to make the transition for fall with roses,begonias, and geraniums still in bloom. You do it well!

  13. Alice
    November 14, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Beauty full post. Wow!

  14. November 14, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Absolutely gorgeous colors, as soft and as welcoming as the autumnal light. Your hydrangeas look like lilacs with their deep shades. I can’t wait for my own garden of color to relish in all the shades of glory. Still warm here, hopefully rain thanksgiving week, we too are feeling climate change, less and less rain, I remember skiing thanksgiving day as a kid, those days are long gone, we need the rains to end the fires and let us sigh with relief to another fire season behind us…

  15. French Rose 100
    November 14, 2018 at 10:06 am

    The display of hydrangeas with roses are a BEAUTIFUL mix !!! Love of pumpkins beyond the Halloween is why I safe mine through Thanksgiving w/o carving any :). Look forward to your blog in my email.

  16. Judeen Downing
    November 14, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving.

  17. Sharon
    November 14, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Mary, the combination of flowers is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing them!

  18. November 14, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Such beauty! The fall colors and the pastel colors do so well together… only you could do this. Beautiful my friend!

  19. November 14, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Wow!! What a splendor of beauty! We had snow the other day – so I am busy throwing out all my potted flowers that croaked with the cold weather – so to open your post and see such beautiful flowers is uplifting!

  20. Alyson in TN
    November 14, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Absolutely breath-taking. Thank you for sharing to brighten my day!

  21. Donna Milazzo
    November 14, 2018 at 11:10 am

    If it weren’t for all those lovely pumpkins and fall leaves this would have looked like a spring-time post. Such gorgeous pastel roses and hydrangeas. Just beautiful!

  22. RS
    November 14, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Makes my heart go pitter patter.

  23. Ethel Alderson
    November 14, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing.

    I, too, enjoy ALL pumpkins until Friday following Thanksgiving. I plan my fall decorating around them not so much Halloween. We have no little ones. I like the way the pumpkins last and never wilt. HA! HA!
    I will give them to my friend on that Friday. She removes the stem for making fabric pumpkins next year and will feed the flesh of the pumpkin to her chickens. That will be Thanksgiving for the chicks.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  24. anne
    November 14, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    What a lovely combination of colors. You always have the most beautiful and unique pumpkins! Love it~
    Happy Thanksgiving, Mary.

  25. November 14, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Dear Mary, I know we all have had freaky weather this year. We waited with high 80’s for color here in Chicago. Half the trees dropped leaves from the stress. The others finally turned only to be frozen instantly with below freezing temps. Your post of gorgeous pumpkins with summer flowers just shows how WIERD it all is. I still have to do a Midwest Gardening November post…crazy though it may be. Happy Thanksgiving—!

  26. November 14, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Mary, you always brighten our day with such beauty from your gardens. I think the reason why hydrangeas are one of my most favorite of blooms is that they look so beautiful in each stage of their growth…brilliant colors in the spring and waning to the glorious hues of autumn…just love your hydrangea party on the ledge…a celebration of harvest and new beginnings to come….hydrangeas, pumpkins and beautiful watering cans…the perfect combination!

  27. November 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    What a gorgeous post. I am amazed at how many blooms you found!!!! They look beautiful among the pumpkins and zinc watering cans and buckets.
    Just lovely to view on a damp cold rainy day!

  28. melissa bennett
    November 14, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Gorgeous flowers

  29. November 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Oh Mary, these soft pastels are an unexpected surprise today! So refreshing after seeing fall photos everywhere of orange and brown! I love the photos with the leaves on the ground in similar but deeper tones of the flowers, just beautiful!! We are freezing this week too, it’s been rainy and cold [40s!] all week and everyone is sick of it! Luckily I was planning to get things done at home this week so I have been hibernating! Snuggle up with Gracie and Lola!

  30. November 14, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    What a gorgeous array of blossoms in your watering cans, Mary!! I’m sad that Fall will be over, too, Mary, and I wish it could hang around for another month. Our temperatures dropped to the 30’s, which is early for Texas. Before long, we’ll be decorating for Christmas.

  31. November 14, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Very pretty flowers Mary! They are actually calling for snow tomorrow here? You just never know:@)

  32. Marion
    November 14, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Mary you have a beautiful display of flowers and pumpkins.

  33. Marilyn
    November 14, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Your displays are always an enjoyable sight.

  34. Joan
    November 14, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Mary you are so right about Fall being so short a season. It seems the Summer heat would never go and now we are expecting snow/sleet tomorrow.

  35. Darlene
    November 14, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Rain buckets, just as rainbows, sharing their shades of color in such a beautiful display.
    Mary you are so right with 20 mins.of fall this year. Seems I just got fall up and soon will be digging out Christmas tub!
    Thank You for sharing

  36. November 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Love your pumpkin and posy parade…those colors are so soft and pretty!

  37. November 14, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!! But hate to see them go…they’ll be back though!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  38. November 15, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Looks like summer all over again. Sooo Beautiful!!

  39. Chris
    November 15, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Your flowers are the most beautiful I have ever seen.
    Thank you!

  40. Theresa Keller
    November 15, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Beautiful post on a rainy day, thank you! Rain Rain go away…… :) Save some for another day. your flowers are beautiful!

  41. Virginia
    November 15, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Mary, thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous roses and hydrangeas, so pretty on your stone wall. Can’t wait to see what comes next. I am just so jealous that you still have beautiful hydrangea blooms to share, mine faded long ago. It’s another rainy day here and I agree with Theresa “rain, rain go away …..”. The forecast today is for two inches of rain and we are up eight inches for the year. ⛈☔️😱

  42. November 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Mary! I have lost my copy of your tart filling recipe and I cannot find it here. I got it a long time ago. I think it was lemon curd and cream cheese, but, if you have moment and are able to send it my way, I’d be forever grateful!

  43. Sue
    November 17, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I was late reading this post; well worth the look, though, what gorgeous flowers especially this time of year. Living in Ohio and have had some snow and ice already your post sent sunshine through my computer!

  44. Barbara Suiter
    November 19, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    What a beautiful combo! Think I will copy next year! Barb

  45. barbaramantelandtablecom
    November 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Oh this is absolutely gorgeous Mary! I love the pumpkins and colors, and the softness of your flowers. It’s all stunning! Thanks for the beautiful moment! 💗

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