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

Fall Outdoor Decor & My Urn Problem

Its that time of year when summer is almost over and I am trying to squeeze out every little bit of it–except for my garden. By this time, I have given up. The summer heat and humidity has taken its toll on my sad attempt at gardening and my tired, dry and worn out flowers and plants are clinging to the last bit of their short lives. The saddest of the sad, though, are our garden urns–2 in the front of the house and 2 in the back:

These are the front urns. The flowers in them looked so bad I just took then out and replaced them with these artificial (I know, the horror!) boxwood spheres

These are the front urns. They prominently flank our front entrance and can really make a statement (either good or bad, depending on how they look!) The flowers in them did look so bad I just took them out and replaced them with these artificial (I know, the horror!) boxwood spheres

This is what the urns in the backyard look like. Same as the front but filled with nearly dead flowers. I'm embarrassed to be showing these. They look like something from Grey Gardens.

This is what the urns in the backyard look like. They are the same as the front but filled with nearly dead flowers. I’m embarrassed to be showing these–they look like something from Grey Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t get me wrong, the urns are beautiful. They came with the house when we bought it and guessing from some of the other touches around the the house and and in the garden, they are antique and very special. The problem really is me. Nothing I do in them seems to do them justice, especially this time of year. As we turn the corner to labor day, I struggle with what to put in these urns. I hate to plant more flowers because the weather can turn cold so fast here. I also don’t want to leave them empty. It gives the house and yard such a sad feeling.

So, what to do?

Enter Pinterest.

Ideas come flooding in.

Of course, I start (totally unrealistically) here:

Image via Houzz

Image via Houzz

I know. Gorgeous. I want this more than anything in my urns. However, this would absolutely not work for a few reasons:

1. We do not live in the South where this type of container could flourish

2. My attempt at this would not end up looking anything like this photo, and

3. I would kill this mother in a few short weeks

Instead, the last couple of years I have done a simple, pumpkin stacking kind of thing inspired by these photos I found on Pinterest. I liked their simplicity and style and they lasted forever with no maintenance. They actually looked pretty cute.

Image via MomDesigner

Image via MomDesigner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After two years of pumpkin stacking though, I feel like I need to do something different. I culled a bunch of ideas that I thought I would feature here and then in a few weeks, I’ll share what I finally end up with. I pinned these because they were pretty but didn’t look too complicated to put together or to maintain. You can view all of my fall planter pins on my Pinterest board, here. I’d love your input. Let me know what you think about these ideas and also what you do with your containers in the fall. I’d love to know! Happy pumpkin stacking!

Image via Stone Gable

Image via Stone Gable. This is one of my new favorite blogs. She has beautiful ideas.

 

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Image via HomeBunch. They have got some great fall decor ideas on this site!

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