We are so lucky to have wonderful Labor Day Weekend weather. Here in South Jersey it's been unusually dry, humid, and hot! I'm not one to take the heat very well so yesterday I was excited to feel more like myself. Alex and I hopped in the car and drove off looking around at some local farms for the first hints of autumn! I like to make the most of this season starting now because November 1st starts Christmas for me. I've tried it both ways, waiting and started when I wanted. Starting when I want personally brings me the most joy since I'm the one who looks at it every morning. Staring now for fall will also give you the best selections and choices!
I found mums--they had a lot of yellow, white, and the reddish yellow. I dug in and happened to find two orange that were already starting to bloom. I grabbed another 4 in the reddish-yellow that will begin to bloom soon! Now for the fun part. I saw pumpkins! Woohoo! I love pumpkins so much. I've been debating on all of my colors on the porch. I love a good natural and/or muted tone styles but at the same time I love orange. I compromised and did both. Colorful mums and I happened to find two muted tone pumpkins that...wait for it... STACK! I love that look so so much.
I'll be contacting some local farms soon when there are more choices and get maybe 100 pounds of additional pumpkins. These two pumpkins here were 20 pounds alone.
I didn't find cornstalks yet...even through less than a mile from home I pass fields and fields of them--I wish I could borrow 4 of them haha. I'm sure they'll be here soon; I'm looking forward to them for the porch since that really feels like fall.
Now for the details! I kept them mums in their original packaging--those are the 4 reddish-yellow ones. The orange mums I put in my crocks. I saw this from Liz Marie Galvain so this summer I hunted down 2, 5 gallon crocks and I'm very happy with the turn out so far--this is just the start of my decorating here. Since were home 24/7 I'm going big this year to fully enjoy.
I added a cute galvanized bucket for a touch of metal. The wreath I got from Target this year and love the neutral tone; I can do a lot with this. The table on my porch is a vintage army field table I recently acquired. It needs some reinforcements since some of the hardware was coming loose, but as long as no one touches it (LOL) we are good to go for now.
Here's step by step, and it's very easy might I add, for how I have my mums in my crocks.
To start off, these are not planted inside. I don't want to make holes in the crocks and I don't want them damaged so I do this instead and it requires no dirty work, or any work for that matter.
Then I stacked old empty terra-cotta pots from summer
in the bottom to the height that I needed
I think so far everything has come together well. If you like a simple porch maybe you would stop here, but like I said I want something extra special this year and this is all affordable thanks to my local farms that I adore supporting so I'll be adding more to the porch for my personal style.
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