Continuing my (short) series on fall decorating, I tackled my front porch yesterday. I knew I wanted mums and pumpkins, and I spent some time trying to envision what I wanted before I went to buy them. My original plan was to buy four mums and two pumpkins. You can see I ended up with more than that!
I went to a local nursery to purchase the mums. I had driven by it several times and they had an enormous selection of different sized plants. I deliberately chose plants that were just beginning to bloom so I can enjoy them for the entire season. If I had selected plants that were in full flower, I was afraid the blooms would be gone before Halloween. I want these to last as long as possible!
The beauty in buying local is the plants appear to be much healthier than they looked at Wal-Mart for a lower price! It is always good to support local businesses, anyway.
I decided to just get my pumpkins from Wal-Mart. I wanted to go to a pumpkin patch, but I was afraid of spending too much money. I was going to get symmetrical pumpkins, but decided to purchase a variety of sizes to add interest. I spent a long time looking at and comparing the pumpkins, and trying to visualize what my porch would look like.
While browsing the seasonal section at Wal-Mart, I found this cute little scarecrow for only $0.97!
I also already had the "Welcome" pumpkin that I had planned on putting in a different location beside my UGA garden flag, but thought it helped to complete the porch scene.
The five mini-pumpkins/squashes are fake. I wanted some things I could use year after year. We will see how they hold up outside.
I also made the wreath last week. I will show you how later on this week!
I wanted just a classic, simple fall look.
Now if I can just keep the mums alive...