Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Garden's Last Job

Today's weather: cloudy and cold but not raining - perfect Halloween weather. Bwa ha ha ha!

This past week I was on vacation and finished putting away the flower beds. Now, my house is surrounded by black plastic bags and there are no flowers to make it look any better. *Sigh* Oh well. Spring's just six months away, right?

But my gardens' jobs are not yet done. Now it is time to scare - or, at least, amuse - the passersby with a spooky tableau of tombstones, ghosties, dancing skeletons and floating pumpkins. At least, that's the effect I'm going for.

In the front yard, we hung Dr. Jacques Bones and his wife Cleopatra Bones along with a few of their ghostly pals.

Cleopatra Bones beckons to those passing by
And the vegetable garden has been converted to a spooky-ridden boneyard filled with the spirits of tomatoes and squash gone to seed and used for compost. Their pumpkin friends avenge their useless demise, grinning ghoulishly at all the gals and guys.

The Mills Boneyard, 2010
At night, we light up the pumpkins and set a few candles and portable battery-powered lights we picked up at Big Lots! From the road it does look like the jack-o-lanterns are floating among the tombstones.

Haunted Garden - plus hell hound
If you look close, you can see my dog hiding behind the middle pumpkin. She doesn't like carved gourds so she always stays behind them.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween. Today marks mine and my husband's 10th wedding anniversary so our treats will include lots of wine and chocolate.


  1. My kids would have loved to seen your place on Halloween. Two thumbs up!

    I can't wrap my head around the fact there are places in the world where there is no snow on Halloween. That just doesn't happen here. It's usually so cold by that time their costumes are covered by snowsuits, too. One becomes adept at guessing what the child is dressed as by seeing only the tops of wings, crowns, or horns and the occasional wand or sword.

    Christine in Alaska

  2. Actually, it did snow here on Halloween day. But only for about 10 minutes and none of it stuck. It sure was pretty, though. :)