I selected white mums for either side of our front door. I thought the pale yellow centers would be pretty with the paint color on our house. For inquiring minds: it’s Benjamin Moore’s Abingdon Putty from the Historical Collection. I like this color because we live close to a dirt road and it doesn’t seem to show the multiple clouds of dust that descend upon it on a daily basis during dry bouts of weather. (It also happens to be the exact same color as Spring tree pollen=WIN!) The house is in need of a fresh paint job and I’d most definitely select this color again.I couldn’t resist these half purple, half rust color mums at the farmers market. I put one in the planter next to the outdoor shower surround, and one on either side of the screened-in porch door. And as I mentioned above, I am happy with how the outdoor shower surround is starting to blend in more with it’s environment. I bet by this time next year it will be practically the color of our barn that you can see in the background!Posting this picture reminds me that I never wrote a final post about the outdoor furniture that I ended up with for under the arbor. I went with the Made in USA Cruz furniture by Room and Board. Thank goodness Room and Board had excellent customer service because it took about three tries with each of the three pieces to have them arrive without damage. (I am not exaggerating! I stopped mentioning the issue here because it was getting completely ridiculous.) They look great and the furniture is comfortable, but it’s already starting to rust after just one season outside. Sadly, they do not sell covers for these pieces for me to protect them. So all-in-all I am disappointed and feel I couldn’t recommend them. I just don’t think they have many Summers left in them.I didn’t bring any mums or gourds into the mudroom pathway area. I feel the Apple Trees have added all the ‘Fall’ feeling we needed to that space. These pretties have produced a ton of fruit this year – for which I am pleased! However, earlier this Summer they were invaded by Japanese Beetles who ate all the leaves. We ended up treating the trees with a product called Sevin. You should have seen how quickly the beetles fell off the trees! I swear, Sevin took seven seconds to work. They say it’s non-toxic to humans, but somehow I remain a little squeamish about harvesting these apples. Besides, they look so lovely against the grey barn!