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An Autumn Stroll ~ Part 2

October has arrived. Let's reflect on the summer garden of 2020 . . .

Zinnias of deep pink and orange add color around the drying bin.

Zinnias are a garden favorite because they are so bright, charming, and inviting. Do you recall how they got their name?


A thieves' Code of Honor saves the life of a botanist named Zinn;

Because of his crazy love for a weed,

We now have many a zinnia seed.

Click the button below and the Zinnia label to read all about the history of this beauty . . .

A daisy lingers along the path . . .

The end of the summer flowers.

As autumn will turn to winter in a few short weeks, we appreciate the value of the daisy-like herb, feverfew. It was used for medicinal purposes in days of old.

Click the daisy button below to read more . . .

Gourds and corn catch our eye as we stroll along . . .

End of summer flower garden and drying shed.

The drying shed and garden area surrounding it are so tidy and manicured. Notice the gourds and Indian corn drying from the rafters. Stalks of our broom corn add a special touch to the posts for autumn.

A close-up of the corn and gourds.

The colorful corn and home grown gourds decorate the drying shed.  The corn will provide a tasty treat for any birds flying by.

Close-up of broomcorn decorations on the shed and lamp posts.

The early morning sun captures the rich colors of fall as winter will soon casts its shadow upon us all. 

What a beautiful autumn display on the lamp posts.

Perhaps you recall the surprising facts about broom corn and that Illinois was a major producer of broomcorn in the 1860s. Learn more by clicking the broom corn button . . .

We'll continue our stroll soon to explore more of the sights around the garden.

Photographs taken by Paul Welch on September 24, 2020.

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