Cool Fall Days

Day 8

The last remnants of Hurricane Michael have passed. I woke early this morning to the sound of wind gusts rattling through the trees. The rain stopped yesterday and today is full of sunshine and much cooler weather.

Now it finally feels like fall.

It was a perfect day to venture out and enjoy the weather. What a nice break from the heat and humidity of the summer. There is so much to enjoy where we live. There is never a lack of interesting and fun places to visit.

IMG_7167We have hubby’s mom with us so we opted for a trip to the North Carolina Arboretum. We often come up to enjoy the trails or take a class. It really is a beautiful place.

The trees appear lighter in color – evidence of the slow change to fall color. It was cool with the slightest breeze – a glorious day to be outside.

There was still quite a bit of color in the gardens. We took our time going through and just taking in the fall plantings. The Gardens were filled with parsley as ground cover and kale and chard used as beautiful accents in beds and pots throughout. Now why have I never thought of that?

I also fell in love with a Jin Dai Tatarian Daisy – a member of the aster family. I would love to have them blooming throughout our landscape. The butterflies and bees seemed to love them. I wonder if they qualify as native plant material? Probably not.

Carolina Bonsai Expo


The Carolina Bonsai Expo Opens at the Arboretum tomorrow morning. It is a wonderful event if you are in the Asheville area.

The guest artist this year is bonsai expert and instructor Bjorn Bjorholm. We are very novice bonsai lovers so hubby will be going to attend the workshop ‘A New Styling for an Old Pine’. Hopefully he can share some of his newfound knowledge with me when he gets home..

Art at the North Carolina Arboretum

There was also an amazing art exhibition by artist Sayaka Ganz entitled Reclaimed Creations. It was an amazing display of ‘creatures’ all made of reclaimed plastic such as forks and knives. It was beautifully realistic from a distance and even more breathtaking up close.


Overall, it was a beautiful afternoon. We have such an abundance of interesting places to visit in this area and one of the reasons we call it home.

I hope fall means more afternoons like this one.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson