As we officially bid farewell to summer today, and make way for everything autumn…it is only fitting the first day of fall is paired with the kick off to the Minneapolis Junk Bonanza fall show. I’ve worked tirelessly, alongside my family to stuff every piece of junk inventory into our trailer and 2 rigs. In fact, several pieces didn’t make the cut and will be forced to wait their turn for their Junk Bonanza debut.
Today I will trade in these quiet country roads for the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities and for the 16,000+ junkers who will flood the doors of Canterbury. I must say, I’m excited to welcome fall with them. In addition to the piles of heaping junk packed into every crevice, I have a more dainty set of travelers…my fall clippings.
A few weeks back, we gathered some wheat clippings (with permission from the farmer, of course), prior to them doing wheat harvest. I traveled countless back roads, in search of my favorite witches broom, which is actually an invasive nuisance weed that happens to mature into a rich brown every fall. One cannot forget about autumn’s king….the plump round pumpkins. However, my favorite place to go for clippings is my mom’s garden. This labor of love is her happy place in many ways. To photograph every nook and cranny of her masterpiece could be a blog in and of itself. However, I’ll share a few sneak peeks with you.
In my mom’s garden, the plants and garden art have meaning. In fact, she dedicates sections to people, places, and things she loves.
During my recent autumn clippings visit, I was honored and even tearful when I found this…
I love that she “shops” in my inventory stash that is conveniently located in the barn at her house for garden art.
My pail full of autumn garden clippings are not only beautiful, but will greet my Junk Bonanza customers with a taste of my mom’s garden.
On this eve of autumn, I invite you to cruise the back roads for witches broom or clip some of the beauty that still exists in your own gardens to welcome fall into your homes.