The last time I remember carving a punkin I found it smashed in the street a few days later, teenagers no doubt. In the years since I’ve occasionally bought a punkin and just put it on the front steps uncarved. I think partially as a not so secret sign to any potential trick or treaters that we indeed have the goods…just give us a try.This year I was inspired by something I saw online, I believe it was on Paradise Express (a great blog with tons of inspirational pictures). I actually went out and bought a punkin, hollowed it out and planted a Heuchera obsidian. Heuchera are not usually my thing but I liked how the leaves looked with the punkin shape and color.
Next year maybe I’ll carve a shallow face in a punkin and add some black mondo grass for hair, that could be fun.
I pulled the pathetic spindly Castor Bean into the mix too. After all nothing says Halloween scare quite like a potential poisoning right?
Oh and the blood grass is right on theme too! (maybe I can do this Halloween thing after all?)
The Cannas in the front garden are even in the Halloween spirit, with their orange flowers and dark foliage.
Inside I decided it was time to put out the velvet punkins, I love their rich colors.
I even pulled out the spiders to spook things up, the cactus spine spiders!
Years ago I had a cactus that sort of imploded into a pile of mushy goo, yet the spines were fine. Since they were what attracted me to the plant in the first place I pulled them off and saved them (is that weird?). I’ve always thought they looked a little like spiders.