Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's Fall Outside, Too!

Outside fall decorations are simple at Linderhof -- mums and pumpkins. Mums bought in tight bud so that they will last longer. Pumpkins in all sizes. Each year I promise that I won't buy so many . . . there are so many pumpkins to get rid of after Thanksgiving . . . but mid September to October is a long time . . . and pumpkins one by one creep into Linderhof's garden.

I don't have set plans for outside decor -- the placement of mums and pumpkins vary from year to year.

Three yellow mums -- fairly big ones -- in pots not in the ground and a huge pumpkin around Linderhof's mailbox.
The summer geraniums are replaced by more yellow mums -- also in tight bud. They'll be prettier in a week or two. But they will last all of October and even into November. I'll take the lesser color now for longer color later.

My only permanent outdoor decoration -- two concrete pumpkins. They do turn around to Jack O Lanterns. The leaves (which we leave) are mother nature's contribution to our fall decor.
Under the pergola -- two bronzy mums replace the summer geraniums. A few pumpkins add color as well.

And the back stairs -- a couple of Cinderella pumpkins replaces a tired summer annual in the concrete pot. A pot of mums adds fall color.

In the garden itself, sedums, mums and asters add fall color. And we're waiting for the Autumn crocuses to bloom.

Please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see what else is going on outside on this Outside Wednesday!


Kammy said...

Such a pretty, pretty yard ! I have never seen concrete punkins - them puppies don't rot - my favorite kind !!

Martha said...

No they don't rot . . . and they are heavy, too. It's always a chore to move them!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I have never heard of Cinderella pumpkins. I like how you created a pumpkin topiary.

Signing Out said...

Beautiful! It's amazing how much color pumpkins and mums add to the yard.


Southerncook said...


Loved viewing all your mums and pumpkins. For the first time I saw your Linderhof sign. I may have seen it in a pic before but really didn't "SEE" it. It is so charming.

We are seeing only a few pumpkins in our area but as I run my errands today I am on the look out for them. Last year I found some Cinderella pumpkins and I LOVE them. Thank you for sharing your outdoor Fall decorations.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, every time I see your gardens they take my breath away. The pumpkins and mums have added such glorious color to your landscape. I hope all is well and that you are having a wonderful day.

cherry said...

I love your concrete pumpkins everything looks so pretty ~ hugs, Cherry

Ms. Bake-it said...

Beautiful yard. I love the concrete pumpkins!

~ Tracy

Jeanne said...

I guess fall really is here, huh?