Daniel Keeley

Hello again and Happy Autumn! I hope you had a wonderful summer and back-to-school season since we last saw each other around Independence Day. Just as I was back then, I have been busy decorating around the garden, this time for fall and the Thanksgiving holiday. I love this time of year, with its mild temperatures, warm colors, tailgating traditions and the like, so I just can't resist giving the garden a little seasonal flair! In case you are in need of any last minute decorating ideas for your next game-watching party or for your Thanksgiving dinner, I thought I would give you a little autumnal tour around the house. So, put on your jacket, and let's take a walk Outside the Box!

 

Generous piles of seasonal produce are a casual, yet, eye-catching way to announce the garden's entry.

In the Entry Garden, I used displays of pumpkins, squashes, gourds and other seasonal items to dress up the gate and carried the same theme through the garden to the doorway, where a bittersweet arbor also adds a pop of color against the dark brick of the house. Of course, I couldn't overlook the two large urns that flank the doorway: they received their own treatment, transforming them into a sort of modern-day cornucopia.

 

The arbor over the door was made by combining a dismantled grapevine wreath with full-scale grapevines discarded from a local vineyard and embellishing the structure with fresh bittersweet branches.
Chrysanthemum, ornamental cabbages and seasonal produce combine to create a unique and abundant arrangement in this over-sized urn.
The "cage" swirling around the rest of the display was created simply by manipulating pieces of a dismantled grapevine wreath from the craft store. It gives extra volume, interest and a modern flair to the arrangement.

Moving around the side of the house, the Fountain Garden got its own makeover. In fact, the fountain was removed for cleaning and replaced with a seasonal display in an old cast-iron urn.

 

More piles of pumpkins, squashes and gourds anchor the 'Snowdrift' crabapple trees in this garden room and repeat the theme established in the Entry Garden.
A simple arrangement of miniature pumpkins and an ornamental cabbage in a graceful urn is enough to create a powerful focal point for this small space.
A single viola in a tiny terracotta pot cheers up a side table near the bench in the Fountain Garden.

The Courtyard had to get its fair share of fall decor, as well, and is ready for friends to drop by for cocktails and S'mores!

 

A colorful centerpiece gives the dining table the spirit of the season while leaving plenty of room for place settings, and because the fall leaves just add to that fall spirit, I have the perfect excuse not to rake!
To create this centerpiece, I filled hurricanes that usually house candles with miniature pumpkins and combined them with a metal planter filled with tiny cabbages.
A display on the dining area buffet table features an eclectic arrangement of miniature pumpkins and gnarly sandblasted grapevines, combined with a single ornamental grass in a cast-stone urn.
A trough planter, filled with boxwood, cabbages and violas, brightens up a dark spot under the buffet table.
The fire pit seating area is ready to go with cocktails, cozy throw blankets and tree-trunk side tables in place of the porcelain garden stools that are usually in this spot.
A relatively understated grouping of seasonal plants and produce graces the back stoop.

And finally, the little room adjacent to the Courtyard got a touch of autumn with rustic arrangements and potted plants appropriate for the season. I call this spot the Bone Garden because I have a display of cow bones I found once on a garden installation and because all the items here were salvaged from the dumpster in one way or another. Either damaged during shipping or trade-ins from new client projects, the planters are crumbling; the table is chipped; the benches are rickety, but this eclectic mix of trash-to-treasure objects is one of my favorite parts of the garden.

 

Large planters of Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio' help define this small room in the garden.
The central table sports a display of miniature pumpkins and squashes, an old birdbath full of succulents and an arrangement of fall branches, violas and bittersweet in a concrete urn.

So, that is what's going on around here...pumpkin explosion! Thanks for taking this little tour with me and good luck with your own autumnal decorations. See you again soon!

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