Fall Planters…Finished!

The weather has been wonderful (and very un Ohio-like) with bright blue skies and warm fall days. The garden and produce markets are overflowing with gourds and pumpkins and inspiration for me to revisit my fall planters–see blog post here.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and adding them to my Fall Planter Ideas page.  I found so many beautiful ideas for my urns (as did many of you, from your comments – I’m so glad!) but there was one picture that really stood out to me.

I love the planters with the pretty yellow mums and although I wanted to stay away from stacking pumpkins yet again this year, I thought using the metal obelisks filled with colorful gourds and pumpkins was so unique. This picture appears to be at some sort of public place (if you look closely there are museum style directional signs and railings) and their planters and obelisks are huge but I figured I would give it a try on a bit of a smaller scale.

Off I went in search of the perfect metal obelisks. Luckily, I didn’t have to go far. Graf Growers, one of the best garden stores in town, is mere minutes away from my home, and they had these pretty obelisks sitting in the back of one of their greenhouses as if they were just waiting for me!

Obelisks

Obelisks

Bird Detail

Bird Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I liked these because they were not too tall–about 3 feet high. I thought the twisted wrought iron was a little different and might make it easier to balance my pumpkins and gourds inside. I also love the sweet little birds – what a nice detail!

My next step was to buy the gourds, pumpkins and two 12″ mums. Luckily, Grafs also has a large supply of those so I could get everything in one place. I gathered up what I thought was a ton of gourds in a box and off I went to start my urn masterpiece…

My big box of gourds. I thought this would be more than enough. Was I wrong...

My big box of gourds. I thought this would be more than enough. Was I wrong…

First, I planted the mums in my urns:

The empty urn

The empty urn

I chose plants that have not yet flowered so that I could get some longevity out of them. The flowers will be bright yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, I began stacking my pumpkins and gourds. I started with the larger ones on the bottom and built up from there, only to find that what I thought was my huge selection of gourds was not even enough to fill up the obelisks half way! Back I went to get more pumpkins and gourds…

Ooops. Definitely need some more supplies!

Ooops. Definitely need some more supplies!

With more gourds and pumpkins at the ready, I began stacking again. It was sort of like a puzzle. Even my 3 year old son got into the action.

My pumpkin puzzle

My pumpkin puzzle

My last step was to lift the obelisk up and place it in the center of the urn, on top of the mum. It took a little work to get it centered and well placed so that it was deep enough in that it didn’t fall down. It was at this point that I realized it would have been easier to place the obelisk in the urn before I placed all the pumpkins and gourds, because they were heavy! Live and learn, I guess…

And finally, the finished product. My Fall Planter problem solved? What do you think?

 

The Fall Planter completed! Now we just need the yellow mums to bloom!

The Fall Planter completed! Now we just need the yellow mums to bloom!

View from the front

View from the front

Both planters from the side

Both planters from the side

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