‘Tis the season of many different outdoor decorations! In Canada we celebrate fall with the first of the “big” holidays, being Thanksgiving. Canadian Thanksgiving is always the second Monday in October and comes before Halloween (not a holiday, although some people celebrate it as if it is!), Remembrance Day, and of course Christmas. Can you count the many different ways you can decorate your front doorstep?! The following are just a few of the many items you can use to create a fall display:
- birch poles, barn wood, old wagons, galvanized pails and boilers, wheelbarrows, lanterns
- wreaths (the most versatile of all outdoor decorations!)
- pumpkins and gourds
- dried corn stalks, straw bales, pine cones (large sugar pine cones are impressive)
- any fall hardy plants such as dahlias, chrysanthemums, ivy, asters, pansies, flowering kale, dusty miller, sunflowers
- perennials such as heuchera, ivies, chinese lantern, small maples, hostas, grasses…we still have a great selection of perennials at Better Earth Gardens & Tropicals
Wreaths, Pumpkins, Gourds, Corn Stalks…
When the crisper days of fall start to become more and more prevalent and everyone is getting their yards ready for a winter sleep, it is a great time to create some welcoming and fun outdoor decorations. These decorations can easily be transitioned from one “season” or “holiday” to another. Now that everyone has had their fill of turkey, pumpkin pie and all the fixings that go with a great Thanksgiving dinner it’s time to get ready for Halloween!
Transitioning into Halloween is easy!
Whether you want to make a spooky Halloween atmosphere, or one that is still inviting to small children trick-or-treating for candy, the transition from Thanksgiving to Halloween is an easy one. The reason being the overall theme is basically the same! Pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, scarecrows…they all scream Halloween. You basically have to add some scary ghosts or goblins, a witch or two, switch out the fall wreath for a Halloween one, and the theme is set! Swap out some of the pumpkins in your display for jack-o-lanterns. Get really spooky with ghosts, goblins, witches, skeletons and if you want your house to be all the rage…just add zombies!
Don’t forget about Remembrance Day!
November 11th is the day we remember all the veterans who have served in the armed forces for our country. The slogan for Remembrance Day is “Lest We Forget”. It is considered respectful to display a wreath of poppies and to wear a poppy pinned over your heart on your jacket. Taking down the Halloween decorations and placing a wreath on your door, or in the yard, or adding a container of poppies (you can get beautiful artificial ones), is a loving way to show your respect at this time of year. A small price to pay for the freedom we enjoy in this beautiful nation we call Canada.
Before you know it, it’s time to put up the Christmas decorations!
We all wonder how time passes so quickly! Weren’t we just waiting for spring? That’s never more true than the weeks leading up to Christmas. It’s good time management to put up outdoor Christmas lights during the milder temperatures, possibly when you transition from fall to Halloween or Remembrance Day. Many of the items you have used in the previous holiday displays can be re-purposed for your amazing Christmas yard! All you need is a little imagination and some Christmas spirit!
The possibilities are endless! They are so endless that it has to be it’s own blog post! Join us for our next blog where we will transition our outdoor fall/Halloween planter into an exciting, beautiful fresh Christmas arrangement. We will also have pictures of new and exciting Christmas decorations, recipes and a whole lot more!