More than pumpkins on the porch

I’m itching to cut them down. They are the last remnants of my garden and sway and rustle in the fall breezes.
Oct 14, 2013
Window box
Halloween scarecrow
Hand painted gourd

I planted corn in early May and I admit I was more interested in the eventual dried corn stalks than succulent fresh corn to throw on the grill.  As always, not a great corn crop, but my stalks this weekend are fantastic. Strong, sturdy and about seven feet tall, they wait for me to make a fall decoration. I’m putting it off one more week so I can create with some special people in my life.

I’m itching to cut them down. They are the last remnants of my garden and sway and rustle in the fall breezes. I planted corn in early May and I admit I was more interested in the eventual dried corn stalks than succulent fresh corn to throw on the grill.  As always, not a great corn crop, but my stalks this weekend are fantastic. Strong, sturdy and about seven feet tall, they wait for me to make a fall decoration. I’m putting it off one more week so I can create with some special people in my life.

I hope to use the dried stalks to decorate around my mailbox with a huge orange bow, or maybe stack them up against one of my porch columns. I have to admit, fall is my favorite season. I know, most you gals love beach weather and sandals and sundresses, but give me a pair of boots, jeans and a long sweater and that’s my fav fashion statement. Another part of serenading the fall season is outdoor and indoor decorating.  We know winter is coming, so it’s time to warm up the house and outdoors. It’s about the nesting process toward the cold winter season. 

We all know Moss’ is the epitome of everything for each season. These days their  store is full of fall decorations. Yes, I admit, I’ve taken more than one cell phone pic of their creations to try to recreate. More often than not, I realize I come out ahead to outright buy what speaks to my heart – rather than scurry around to recreate.  Designer Phil Chandler at Moss’ said “sure,” we can copy what they have. They don’t mind. Of course, they’d rather we buy their perfect decorations and call it a day, and enjoy. 

Tablescapes  for autumn are a warm welcome and bring the outside in. Chandler said the best items to work with are nests, pine cones, colored fall leaves, berries, acorns, feathers, wooden baskets or trays, natural harvest items like corn, pumpkins, apples, pine straw, branches, burlap, raffia and sunflowers. 

If you have a wooden table, don’t use a cloth, instead use runners. We’ve shown a wonderful example of an arrangement that you can buy at Moss’, or recreate. Add your china, napkins, flatware and glassware, along with some orange candles and you are set. 

There’s nothing more whimsical than a flower box. I don’t care what kind of architecture you have; a flower box brings warmth to the exterior of your home and welcomes. I have an old farmhouse and have had flower boxes for years. You can buy a metal flower box at Moss’ for about $69 dollars. For fall, purchase a cocoa liner (it looks small pine straw). Fill it with mums, Nandina, pansies, ivy,  snapdragons, kale, cabbages and violas.   For Christmas change those out for Cyprus, Lenten rose,  and dwarf boxwoods.

Another outside-the-box fall decoration is a repurposed birdbath. Kyle Webb said why not enjoy the birdbath year round. Usually, I take off  the basin and lean it against the pedestal, or cover with a tarp. He suggests moving to a covered porch for parties or everyday and fill with pots of mums, bark, gourds, moss balls and more. It’s about taking a step further and making a statement. 

I absolutely loved the hand-painted gourds found at Moss’. Local resident Veale Castleman Bennett is quite the artist. A wooden or glass bowl with several of these on our farm tables will make quite a statement, and even spur us on to create our own pieces. 

It’s time to pay homage to fall and bring smiles to our faces.  Let’s start foraging and reach past our usual pumpkins on the porch. 

 

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