Sunday, October 9, 2011


Amy and I had good luck on our field trip last Friday.
We pulled red wagons through rows and rows of plants,
and sniffed at the herbs,
and admired the roses.

We found black pansies . . .

and a bunch of other stuff.

We both ended up with a wagon full of plants, even though we had only planned to buy one or two things.
That pretty much happens any time we visit a nursery.
 I was a little worried that it wouldn't all fit in the car.

But we managed.

When I got home, I decided that the two urns that sit on either side of my door looked too pitiful to plant.  They are old and faded by the sun -- the downside of fiberglass.    So I spray painted them with outdoor walnut brown paint, in a satin finish.  It took 10 minutes, and they look brand new -- like old iron, even though they are plastic.

I've been wanting to plant black plants for Halloween for some time now -- inspired by the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.  If you've been there in October, you know they go all out for Halloween.  It's awesome.

Here's want I ended up with.   Not as much black as I had hoped, but I really like how they turned out.

I used the black pansies, purple cabbage, potato vine, thyme, and a burgundy plant that I'm not familiar with.   I added some birch twigs to give them some height.

Done!  Just in time for the whoopie pie exchange tomorrow.
I need to sign off and go clean my kitchen.

Tune in tomorrow if you want recipes.



Nancy said...

I am a big plant girl! A trip to the nursery (with a cup of coffee) is a dreamy day. Love your choices and those birch branches... excellent touch. Love it. I may post about my new front porch get up, now. Love your green thumb! :)

Melissa said...

Wow! Those planters looks great! I never would've guessed they were plastic.

Nanette said...

I love it! So fun and festive! :)
Disney can do no wrong in my book!

meg duerksen said...

i am so happy to be DONE with nurseries for awhile.
i don't need to do that again until spring. :)