Nothing says Halloween like our friend the pumpkin. From a decorative Jack-o’-Lanterns to tasty pies. Native to North American this versatile squash is used as food and recreation. For carving, pumpkin-chunkin (world record at over 4,000 ft.), pies, breads, muffins, pancakes and lattes, it sure gets around. Originating in Ireland and Scotland, carved pumpkins made their United States debut around 1866. They’ve been said to protect your home against the undead and ward off evil spirits. The world’s largest Jack-o’-Lantern weighed in at 1,469 pounds and was grown in Pennsylvania, not Transylvania. Just hack off the top, scoop out the inside flesh, carve out a scary face and put in a candle. Now your front porch is ready to greet little ghosts and candy eating goblins on a moonlit chilly late October night. Read More
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I am certainly one to fill my house with seasonal decorations, and Halloween is no exception. Corn stalks, spiders and web. Pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn, too. Dahlias, sunflowers and hydrangeas. Oh! I get so excited just typing the words.
My home is an “autumn” home. Its red walls, warm woods and black furniture welcome the traditional Halloween look. A pumpkin hollowed out and filled with fiery colored flowers, rose hips, cattails and autumn leaves greets guests at the front door. Read More
I love filling my home with flowers, and in the fall, I love displaying flowers in pumpkins. It’s a fun, festive treat for the season, and the kids enjoy it, too. Making a pumpkin vase is pretty easy:
- Select a pumpkin. I find sugar pumpkins also known as pie pumpkins) work better than decorative pumpkins typically used for making jack-o-lanterns. Whichever pumpkin you pick, get one that sits flat and sturdy.
- Cut off the top, and scoop out pulp and seeds.
Oh, Halloween! It’s creeping up on us with gruesome visions of how we’d look as zombies or pirates, and dreams of nightmarish themes that will top last year’s Monster Mash.
Breathe life into your Halloween party by accenting the grim and gory décor with flowers. Surround a tombstone with a bed of roses or carnations or brighten up the mundane macabre of witch and vampire garb with striking orange floral arrangements that will pop amidst a sea of black costumes.
Bright green and purple are also great colors to add a ghouly atmosphere. There are lots of flowers in these color schemes to choose from:
For oranges, try roses, gerbera daisies, calla lilies, Asiatic lilies, dahlias. Read More
Before you know it pumpkins, gourds, ghosts and goblins will be everywhere and you’ll be planning your annual Halloween Bash. Here are five of my favorite floral ideas sure to wake up the dead at your party.
Bewitching Affair. A colorful witch’s boot makes a fun container to hold flowers. It is a fun theme piece and will get your guests talking.
Pumpkin Patch Party. Keep it traditional and incorporate pumpkins into your floral arrangements. Ask your local florist what other fun gourds they have to make interesting floral arrangements for you. Read More