A fall-filled weekend!

After weeks of slacking, I finally put together our fall porch decor this weekend.
I got 3 pumpkins at Aldi for $2.99 each. I love a good deal on pumpkins. The mum was found in the plant clearance section at Kroger for $.99. I don’t really understand why it was banished to the clearance section, but I benefited from the situation. The small pumpkin and acorn squash came from our trip to the orchard yesterday.
On Sunday morning we headed out to one of our favorite fall destinations, Anderson Orchard.
There’s a beautiful lake at the orchard. And yeah, that’s not Jack in the photo on the right, just a friendly dog that (I’m guessing) lives there.
We came home with a 1/2 peck of golden delicious apples, a couple acorn squash, a small pumpkin, and my favorite– an apple cider slushie. Seriously, you haven’t lived until you’ve had one.
When we got home from the orchard we did some landscaping and put our vegetable garden to bed.
I planted this hydrangea that I found with the yellow mum in the exiled Kroger clearance section. It was a whopping $3.
A $.99 mini pink rose bush also found its way into my cart. You see, I have a tendency to rescue plants from the clearance section of stores. My theory is that if I kill them it’s not that big of a deal because I didn’t pay that much for ’em. Well, that, and I feel like I’m helping out the underdogs.
Speaking of roses, I have to share my gardening success of the year. The centerpieces and favors at my bridal shower back in April were small potted tulips, roses, hyacinths, and daffodils. I brought home a potted rose, almost killed it, and ultimately planted it outside. This is what it looks like now.
Now I just need to figure out how to get it ready for winter. Any tips?
What’s your favorite thing about fall? Have you ever had an apple cider slushie? Do you save plants from the clearance section, too?

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  1. I haven’t had an ‘official’ apple cider slushie, but when we get apple cider from the Farmer’s market it is often half frozen ~ does that count? 🙂

  2. Wow! For us Indy-folk, do you mind sharing the name of that orchard? It looks awesome!

  3. What beautiful pictures. I’ve always wanted to visit an apple orchard. I love the idea of rescuing plants from the clearance section…I just might have to start doing that! And I wish you the best w/ that gorgeous hydrangea. They are my favorite flower and I wish I could’ve kept mine alive. sigh.

  4. Woo hoo Aldi’s! Going today, I hope they have pumpkins! I really really have a need to carve. Where do you get an apple cider slushie? I’m quite certain that will be my new favorite thing.

    Great photos!

  5. Don’t you just LOVE Fall in Indiana? I’m thoroughly enjoying all the beautiful leaves that I missed for so many years in Texas. I love your porch decorations… so simple, but SO pretty!!! I’m officially heading to Kroger tonight to look at their clearance plants!!!

  6. 1. i cant believe you cheated and did a pumpkin post… tote kidding 😉
    2. I have never had nor heard of an apple cider slushie but it sounds amaze. where can an alabama girl get one of those???hmmmm prob no where 🙁 lol

  7. Beautiful photos! I love all the fall colors. I have never had an apple cider slushie. Hmmm, I’ll have to try and drum up a recipe for that… yum!

  8. Your decor looks good! Can you believe that I haven’t even decorated yet?

  9. Haha Laurie is totally a plant rescuer too!!! She literally picks out the most pathetic looking one and nurses it back to health. Blame it on the day job…..or the ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-alcohol…..either is probably correct. 😉

  10. these fall photos are beautiful! we don’t get fall like that here 🙁

  11. How fun! I’ve def missed out on fall this year – being sick and on vacation – plus we don’t really get a color change in LA boo! Hopefully I can get some fun activities in this weekend!

  12. As the cold weather starts rolling in, I roll out my ‘How I’m Going to Get Through Another Cold Indy Fall/Winter’ list. Picking a peck of apples at Anderson Orchard is always on the list but I haven’t tried the slushie yet. My list always includes a couple DIY projects (thank you pinterst!), movies I want to watch and recipes to test out.

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