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.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Reprise -- It's Fall Outside Too!

This was a post from September 29, 2009.     I love outside fall decorating almost as much as I love putting the annuals out in the spring!     Perhaps it's because the summer heat and dry have done a number on the flowers in the planters.    Perhaps I'm just tired of the way things are that I want a change!

I still buy way too many pumpkins -- I just can't resist!    And then, after Thanksgiving, I always vow as I load pumpkin after pumpkin into black trash bags for the garbage that I won't do it again next year . . . and then I always do!!!!

I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites.

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.


Rebecca said...

ALL so very beautiful - but those concrete pumpkins (reversible, even) have REALLY captured my fancy. I wonder where I might find some like them?!?

Southerncook said...

I love the way Linderhof looks in the Fall with all your pumpkins and mums, so beautiful. I need to get to the nursery to find me some mums, hopefully tomorrow.


Linda Q said...

Lovely Martha, how have you been? We have been so so busy, I hope to now get back to blogging more faithfully. I want to get my porch decorated this week for Fall too.
Hugs, Linda

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Very beautiful! Love your red mailbox!!!! I buy way too many pumpkins usually too....can't resist!

On Crooked Creek said...

Gorgeous. States so very well...Welcome Fall!