Hello, everyone, I’m Amy, from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes, back for another Home and Garden post, at Claire’s place!
I’m trying to get my Fall groove on, I really am. But with temperatures hovering around 80 degrees here in NJ, it’s been a challenge. Mind you, I am NOT complaining! I’m happy to have a few bonus summer-like days, before the big chill sets in.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons — it’s in my top 3, (heh-heh) — and I love decorating my outdoor spaces with Fall’s bounty. But, it’s just not the same, when after all my hard work, I need a cold shower instead of a hot apple cider.
If you’ll permit me to brag for a minute, I do have a particular specialty when it comes to fall flower pots. It’s called laziness. That’s right. My most creative ideas are born out of being lazy. If I can’t throw it together in a few minutes, it’s not happening. Now, I’m not beneath plopping a few mums into flower pots and calling it a day, but I do like to amp it up a little more than that.
Here are a few flower pot ideas that took me five minutes or less to assemble.
I’ll show you the easiest one first, to prove my Laziness/Creativity theory. Simply fill a hanging flower pot with gourds, mini pumpkins and pine cones. Ready? Set? Done! 38 seconds, tops.
This next one took the most time…maybe 5 full minutes. When my summer plants kicked the bucket, I ripped them out, and left the dirt in the large pot, to use as a base. I used one potted mum, two kale plants, one small pumpkin, a squash, twigs, pine cones and gourds.
I didn’t even bother to take the plants out of their containers. The mum is standing upright; the two kale plants are tilted forward (top left, below).
I filled the empty spaces between the pots with the pumpkin, gourds, pine cones and a Kabocha squash (bottom left). I used rocks to steady the pots, and to keep the gourds, etc. from sliding around (top right).
All that kale, pumpkin and squash is like a meal in a flower pot. When you get tired of the arrangement,
you can eat it! Well, most of it, anyway. Just don’t eat the twigs, mums or pine cones… or maybe they’re on the Paleo diet?
Actually, forget I said that. In order to keep the squirrels at bay, you should spray the pumpkins and squash with hairspray or hot pepper spray every couple of days.
Next up is a stack of flattened “boutique” pumpkins that will take you a minute to assemble. They look
like someone sat on them, which makes them perfect for stacking.
I had a pedestal pot with some ivy that was still going strong from summer, so I just stacked two pumpkins and a Kolbacha squash on top of it.
To get the pumpkins to sit straight, you may need to snip off the stems.
Isn’t that huge orange one a beauty? They were $6.99, regardless of size, at Trader Joe’s.
I used a sugar pumpkin as the topper on this one, and then wrapped a faux garland around it.
Remember I told you I liked using topiary forms? Well, how’s this for easy? Stick it in a pedestal pot, weave some faux garland around it…
and arrange mini pumpkins around the bottom.
Lazy I tell you, LAZY!
All you need is a spare half hour, and you can easily put together these six fall pots.
You may have noticed that I didn’t use a lot of flowers in these pots, but if you come and visit me at my blog next week, I’ll show you how I worked them in, and how it all came together on my front porch.
See you in November!