I’m really, really not a fan of seasonal decor. My house just wasn’t like that while I was growing up. We usually went away for the major holidays to spend Christmas day on a beach rather than around a cozy fire. I remember a few half-hearted, store-bought Halloween costumes, and clichéd Hallmark cards on Valentines Day, but that’s where the seasonality ended. I always thought that stuff was just for magazine layouts and people with too much time on their hands.
So I was caught off-guard when I moved to the Midwest and found everyone, including people my own age, decorating their living rooms and porches and kitchens and, yes, even their bathrooms.
My mother-in-law raised a judgmental eyebrow when I told her that it hadn’t even occurred to me to decorate anything in our house for fall. I always assumed Jon wasn’t really into that type of thing, anyway. He’s pretty clutter-intolerant, and seasonal decor just seems to equate clutter in my brain. When I mentioned it to Jon, he said that he was surprised I didn’t do it, and encouraged me to try.
I knew I could play it safe and carve a couple pumpkins, but I’m actually really bad at it and it drives me nuts how fast they rot.
I settled on simply buying an assortment of heirloom pumpkins and arranging a display by our front door. When I ventured to our greenhouse, I was amazed by the variety of pumpkins–and completely caught off guard by the clever use of repurposing a pumpkin for a flower pot. There were mums, which looked pretty but too traditional for my taste.
And then they had succulent pumpkins.
I realize this is a played-out thing on Pinterest, but this is completely new to me.
The gardening staff said they were offering a class on putting them together, but it was pretty foolproof. You simply glue some moss to the top of a pumpkin–preferably one with a natural bowl, like this Cinderella pumpkin–and press the succulent plants into the moss.
So easy. So graceful. I’ve had it up for 5 weeks and it still looks great.