You may have missed it last week, but the seasons made a seamless transition from the last day of Summer on Thursday to the first day of Autumn on Friday, September 23rd. Summer is officially over and the days will continue to grow shorter as the sun sets a little bit early. Before you fall behind and it’s time to turn your clocks back, now is the time to change your outdoor décor to match the seasonal beauty that surrounds you.
The Changing Of the Gourd
Do you no longer need to decorate your front porch and yard to please your kids’ tastes or appeal to the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood? Even if you do, here are several eye-catching alternatives to ghosts, goblins, fake spider webs and Jack-o-lanterns for your seasonal decorating designs.
Mum’s The Word!
With such a great variety of colors from which to choose – including white, yellow, orange, red, and burgundy – mums are the definitive flower of the fall season. Flowering cabbages will also add more color to your fall landscape. If you don’t have a lot of yard space you can simply display the potted plants on your porch or line them up along the sides of your front steps.
Wreaths: They’re Not Just For Christmas Anymore!
Wreaths have become popular year-round decorations. They can be purchased from artisans at craft fairs and boutiques or you can make your own. To do-it-yourself visit your local craft store and start with a basic grapevine wreath. Then add seasonal colors with mini gourds, berries, Indian corn, silk flowers and leaves, some ribbon . . . use your imagination and do whatever suits your personal taste.
A Cornucopia Of The Fall Harvest
Pumpkins of varying shapes and sizes along with an assortment of gourds in a variety of colors are a great way to highlight the season. If a goat’s horn isn’t handy then any horn-shaped container will do! Or try using a basket to display the bounty of produce, flowers, nuts, grains, and berries available locally. This will create a timeless symbol of the season. And if you choose to use real ones the squirrels will love you for it!
An arrangement of dried cornstalks is still one of the most popular fall decorations. Cornstalks can be purchased from many roadside farm stands, landscaping companies, or cider mills. Or just ask Farmer John for permission to grab some from his field after the harvest. Bunch a dozen or so dried cornstalks together and secure them with bailing twine. Cover the twine with a colorful decorative ribbon. Affix some Indian corn for some fall harvest flair or place a small bale of hay or some straw at the base to add some real family farm style.