Thursday, September 5, 2013
Mum’s the Word this Fall
Fall is in the air. The temperatures may not reflect a change of the season, but the calendar displays the month of September and its promise of cooler weather to come. Soon the leaves will change to their beautiful autumn hues, a slight bite will travel with the wind, and the darkness of evening will creep earlier. It is a time of change and of harvest.
Area stores have changed their offerings along with their calendars. Rows of brightly colored chrysanthemums line the parking lots, ready to become the highlight of outdoor fall collages. Here in Iowa, it is common to see autumn combinations of straw bales, corn stalks, pumpkins, gourds and mums staged in front yards.
I love decorating for the fall season, but every year I struggle with an effective way to display my autumn bounty. Pumpkins, gourds and mums all compete at about the same height level and some elements of the grouping need to be elevated in order to deliver the most impact. The easiest way to do this is to utilize pots, such as the GroovyStuff Teak Wood Farmers Bucket Planter, that you already have on hand.
Using the items you’ve gathered for elevation, arrange your mums and pumpkins so the highest elements are in the back, then stair step down to the shortest parts of the grouping in the front. Stand back and check to make sure the arrangement draws the eyes towards the focal point you are emphasizing. Add some Halloween-themed carved pumpkins with candles inside to light your arrangement for night viewing. Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to keep your mums watered consistently. Those blooming fall beauties love their water!
Happy fall everyone!