Fall

Garden Mastery: Chrysanthemums fill our region with brilliant fall colors

Our gardening neighbors in the Midwestern, Eastern and Northern states welcome their fall season in predictable ways. The sun rises later in the morning, setting a bit earlier in the evening. Nighttime temperatures begin to dip. Bird species begin their southward migration to warmer climates. The real fall showstopper in these parts of our country is the dazzling display of leaves beginning to change color, from gold to reddish-orange, from crimson to brown.

The Southern California fall season is shorter in duration. Changes to our landscape and gardens arrive slowly, are more subtle and are too soon gone. While we don’t have the display of leaves changing color all around us, we do begin to notice that our garden plants are now beyond their peak, and bloomers have finished flowering.

It’s at this time of year that I wish for just a little something to brighten up my garden landscape. And then I find just what I was wishing for — at the supermarket, of all places! I spot rows of potted chrysanthemums, all wrapped in vivid foil colors. Yes, fall has arrived in Southern California.

These past several months, you may not have been able to travel farther than your local grocery or home improvement store. So, let me invite you to a virtual armchair “historical tour” on chrysanthemums. We’ll travel far and back in time to learn about this flower and plant.

Chrysanthemums, often called by their shortened name “mums,” naturally flower in the fall when days are short and nights are long. With blooms lasting for weeks, mums are easy to grow and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Perhaps you’ve heard of some of them by their common names: pompon, button, spray, cushion, spider and florist’s mums, a special variety bred to have long

Happening today at the Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show



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TODAY AT THE SHOW

Don’t miss “This Old House” host Kevin O’Connor’s virtual appearance today. He will offer advice and answer questions, plus you can also enter to win a private personal online conversation with him.

Be sure to check out all that this year’s show has to offer.

Location: DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com

Admission: free

Hours: Show opens at 8 a.m.; chats are open through 8 p.m. Today is the last day for live virtual presentations and to chat with companies. Highlights from the show will remain online through Oct. 31.

Special attractions: The Backyard Garden Award winners will be announced at 4 p.m. 

Today’s workshops

Chat with presenters and get your specific questions answered; check online for additional workshops.

10 a.m.: SimpleBath/SimpleKitchen presentation

11 a.m: Kevin O’Connor, host of “This Old House”

Noon: How do you improve your indoor air quality?; presentation by Fire & Ice Heating and Air Conditioning

4 p.m.: Backyard Garden Awards winners’ announcement

5 p.m.: planting bulbs using the lasagna layering technique

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What’s happening today at the online Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show

TODAY AT THE SHOW



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The fall show is online for everyone’s safety, so here is your chance to leisurely enjoy what the show has to offer. The event re-creates an expo hall with booths and an auditorium, and each participating company has resources and representatives you can talk with online. 

Location: DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com

Admission: free

Hours: The show opens at 8 a.m.; chats available through 8 p.m.

Special attractions: At noon, Home 214 Design’s Melinda McCoy will present simple autumn decorating tips for any home, any budget and any decorating ability. 

Today’s workshops

Chat with presenters and get your specific questions answered; check online for additional workshops.

4 p.m.: six signs your chimney is fine (or not!), presented by The Chimney Guys

• 5 p.m.: Discover key facts, types, well-known lilacs and even public collections and festivals to visit across the region during this in-depth workshop presented by Dr. Mark DeBard, who is an OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteer and an International lilac registrar and board member of the International Lilac Society.  

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White House to host ‘Fall Garden Tours’ this year, despite issues with health and safety

The White House is set to host “Fall Garden Tours” for lawmakers and the public this season to show off the newly renovated Rose Garden. 

The tours will be hosted Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, even after more than 20 staffers, journalists, allies of the administration and GOP lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus following contact with the White House. 

The tours are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Visitors will be able to tour the South Lawn, First Ladies Garden, White House Kitchen Garden and Rose Garden.

Guest capacity is limited, and visitors are required to wear a face mask. Tickets will be offered to all congressional offices. 

President Trump and first lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but White House physician Dr. Sean Conley announced the president will be able to return to public engagements this weekend. 

MCCONNELL HASN’T BEEN TO WHITE HOUSE SINCE EARLY AUGUST BECAUSE OF LAX COVID RULES 

“Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the president’s safe return to public engagements at that time,” he said. 

Other White House staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at this point include senior adviser Hope Hicks and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien also tested positive.

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Former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced they tested positive this week, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who helped Trump prep for the presidential debate, remains hospitalized from the virus. 

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18 top-rated pieces of fall decor to get at Wayfair



a room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table: 18 top-rated pieces of fall decor to get at Wayfair


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18 top-rated pieces of fall decor to get at Wayfair


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If you’re anything like me, you wait all year for fall. There’s simply nothing like the leaves changing and the first sip of a hot PSL, is there? Plus, your favorite TV shows are back, leggings are part of your everyday outfit, and the best decor is out for sale. What else is there to want?

Being inundated with fall decorations has its drawbacks, though. With so many options it’s hard to tell where you can get the best deal, the cutest product, and have the convenience of products shipping straight to your door. Luckily for you, the answer is simple: Wayfair. We’ve rounded up the 18 most sought after products on the site that’ll fill your home with autumnal ambiance and get you in the spooky spirit, all backed by raving reviews. Ready to click Add to Cart?

1. A wreath that’s totally #SquadGourds



a vase filled with flowers: Get this festive faux wreath for your front door.


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Get this festive faux wreath for your front door.

You’ll want to hang this wreath every year, which won’t be a problem since it’s made of incredibly lifelike faux leaves and veggies that’ll last forever. The warm autumnal colors brighten up any space, whether you’re using it as a centerpiece among your Thanksgiving tablescape or hanging it above your mantle. Reviewers give it 4.5 stars, noting that it looks just as colorful as the picture.

Get The Holiday Aisle Pumpkins and Maple Leaves Plastic Wreath for $49.99

2. This moody dinnerware



a close up of a bowl: Pick a shade that matches the season, like yellow.


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Pick a shade that matches the season, like yellow.

Available in fall shades that are perfect for any aesthetic, this four-piece set will instantly upgrade your flatware game.