Yes .. you are reading the right title to this post .. only 120 days till HALLOWEEN !!! So I was sitting here in front of my laptop, a bit low with all this business with FB Racoon and poor Emma in a very early heat (she is doing fine though .. so far .. July 24th 'come on down soon !") .. In any case .. when I'm feeling kind of low I cheer myself up with Halloween. To combine that with a garden post can be a bit tricky. I think I have managed it though with talking about my Staghorn Sumac aka Halloween Tree ! .. Why is it a Halloween tree you may well ask .. for a number of reasons in my head (which is a place no one really wants to delve into too deeply mind you) .. come October this gorgeous what would normally be treated as a shrub, but I made it into a TREE .. well it becomes the most perfect colours of Autumn. If you looked up 'colours for Autumn" in the dictionary .. the Sumac should be the illustrative pinnacle of gold, oranges and reds. The leaves are beautiful and the fruit cones are scarlet to burgundy. This large tree was once a tiny shrub that knew it would be a TREE one day. Hubby had his doubts to my mad plans. This year how ever .. even in the throws of disbelief when I said "cut here and here and here and so on .. well he thought this poor Sumac's goose was surely COOKED .. but now he is in awe of my insane creation of an almost 'palm tree' in our own back garden right off our deck. So .. if you haven't heard of a Sumac .. you may not recognize what I have created here .. some what like Frankenstein .. but my 'baby' is no monster .. it is a Halloween Tree waiting to show off its glorious costume !