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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Pumpkins Have Started to Arrive . . .

In the back garden,

A pumpkin replaces the sorry looking geraniums
on the table under the pergola.

And inside . . . 
A couple of years ago, when friend Martha Jane hosted a
meeting (either garden club or PEO)
she had the most marvelous centerpiece on her dessert table.

This is not Martha Jane's -- I didn't get a picture of hers
A succulent filled pumpkin
I brazenly asked where she got it
She kindly found the magazine where she got her idea,
made a color copy for me
And an idea was born

An idea whose time had come, I decided

On the breakfast room table at Linderhof . . . 

Full of succulents big and little

I've always loved greens with the oranges of fall

It makes a great centerpiece on the breakfast room table!

And it's easy to do . . . 

  1. Pick a pumpkin -- the flatter Cinderella's work best I think
  2. Buy some sphagnum moss (unless, like me, you already have some)
  3. Wash and dry the outside of the pumpkin, cut off the stem
  4. Use spray adhesive to spray the top of the pumpkin
  5. Position moss on top of the adhesive.     About 1/2 inch or so is enough
  6. With dabs of glue on the bottom of cuttings of succulents, arrange on top of the moss
  7. Water the moss with a spray bottle about once a week
  8. If you use indoors, place on a plate . . . pumpkins have been known to ruin tabletops (whether they have succulents in them or not!
  9. Probably by the time you're ready to put out Christmas, the pumpkin may be rotting.    Just transfer the succulents to another pot where they should continue to grow!



Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea and looking forward to giving this a try! Thank you so much for sharing.

Looking forward to reading through your beautiful blog.

Becky from GW

Summer said...

Your pumpkin is beautiful ♥