Last year my husband helped me create a topiary affect with my planters out front of the garage. This is the link to last year's version and how we made it "here"
Here is a picture of last year's version
I used a very large pot of mums set down in the planter and filled the topiary top with a mix of pumpkins and gourds.
This year I went for a more rustic look and used some pine straw for a base in the planter and the basket.
Fallen leaves have filled in with the purple cordyline plant. This cordyline plant was surrounded by bubble gum pink petunias all summer which I recently removed. I decided to keep the plant for this fall arrangement.
I stuffed the basket with the pine needles and an 8" pumpkin.
Last year in October we went to Pennsylvania to see our Son and DIL and while visiting we went to a local garden center that sells a lot of garden and yard accents. I bought a bale of this "pine straw" and we put it in a giant garbage bag to get it home. It's been in the garage a whole year waiting for me to use it! I have seen bloggers in the south post pictures of using this as mulch but they don't sell it around here so I grabbed one up!
Check out my post about going there "here" It was such a nice place- I wish I was there right now!
I'll show you my "blooper" of sorts...
This was my first vision...I got these green swan neck gourds but it ended up looking like a bird in the basket and just didn't look good so I got the pumpkins for it instead! You'll notice the green gourds ended up on the deck with my last post.
Same thing on the left side of the garage door
When I did my post about my "Deckorating" it was cloudy but later on in the early evening the sun popped out so I dashed outside to capture some pictures.
The ash tree has already started letting go of it's leaves. It's always the first to change. The maples are starting to shift too. I think we'll head north this weekend and catch some more fall colors. I hope it won't be raining again!
I'm joining Ivy and Elephants for