Autumn Jewels

Nature’s bounty is abundant, beautiful & all apparent!

Casey Sills

I grew up out west where temperatures are mild & seasons quietly flow from one to the next.  This time of year in Kentucky, we feel a crispness in the air & see a transformation of astounding color. 
A favorite family tradition is the Autumn harvest of Apples!

Antonis Achilleos

Fresh Winesap from the orchard to fill a garden urn, or Crispin for a handsome centerpiece in the library. With the bright greens, varying textures and fresh fragrance of the fruit, this gorgeous combination will long outlast a fresh floral bouquet.


With their abundance, it’s not surprising that they have migrated beyond the kitchen and can be found in unexpected places throughout my house.
 But the best way to enjoy these sweet smelling pommes is fresh from the tree!

I love the sweet & aromatic Monroe,

or a crisp green Crispin,

or a venerable old cultivar, the heirloom Winesap.

There is nothing like biting into a beauty that you have just reached up & twisted from the branch of the tree! Tools of the trade that apple aficionado’s swear by  are available for us to harvest our own.
Here is the pick of the crop!
This wooden Orchard Ladder by Peter Baldwin has a pointed top that rests in the crotch of tree limbs.

Fill wooden market baskets give them to friends!

Felco’s classic 25-inch-long Lopper from Gempler's will cut branches up to 1.5 inches in diameter.
 Lower fruit into picking baskets with a front release skirt from Oescoinc.

The curved blade of this 14.5 inch pruning saw from Garrett Wade, keeps you from harming other branches in tight spots.
And this galvanized-steel handy Picking Bucket from Peach Ridge, along with a Fruit Harvester from Gardener's Edge will assist those who prefer to pick from ground level.
Happy Harvest!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the fruits used as part of an arrangement that you've shown here, Lisa! Green beans and apples are my favorites to pick and eat.

Renae said...

Mmmmm....makes me want some apple cobbler.
Great images Lisa...

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

There is nothing better than going apple picking with the family! We always used to make homemade apple sauce, and when I move back up North when I graduate that will be the first thing I do when fall hits! I walked by William Sonoma today and it smelled so wonderful and fall-like! Those flowers remind me of the colors in the window. Hope your enjoying the beginning of fall!

Love Where You Live said...

I want one of those tree crotch ladders! And maybe I will get my chance to prop it in place if the apple tree we planted this past spring bears fruit in the next year or so. let's hope....have a wonderful and productive fall and harvest, -s

GrannySmithGreen said...

An apple a delicious! Hope you are having a beautiful week!

Ann said...

I love those gorgeous arrangements...
looks so bountiful and abundant.

Diann said...

Great post. I love Fall. With my 1 little old apple tree (the birds and the bees fertilize it somehow !) I get enough apples to make several wonderful smelling dishes. The floral arrangements are beautiful!

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Such lovely pics. I'm jealous. Florida skips fall.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh! I could just bite into one!

I MISS apple picking!!!

Anne Marie said...

that ladder rocks! I totally am going to save up and get one of those......awesome!

Michelle said...

I love the new layout Lisa! Any kind of equipment and tools that are of quality make me think I "need" them...they are just so beautifully designed.

Best, and Happy Harvesting!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Terrific post Lisa. Coming from the Pacific Northwest I loved going to Eastern Washington in the fall when the apples were harvested. All the road side stands and their tasty treats. Great memories you evoked. Have a terrific weekend ~