Proctor: Inspire trick-or-treaters with plants

11:00 AM, Oct 28, 2012   |    comments
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When I was a kid, Halloween was a holiday for children. Adults never wore costumes, except for an odd neighbor lady who dressed as a witch. We joked that it wasn't much of a stretch for her. Costumes were largely handmade and most decorations were pretty simple. The one I recall most vividly was a front porch with the steps lined with Jack-o-lanterns and mums of every color. It was magical.

Inspire your young ghouls and goblins with colorful plants. Use larger pumpkins as containers for mums or black-eyed Susans. The smaller pumpkins can hold pots of smaller plants such as pansies, kale, succulents, ornamental peppers or the brown sedge that looks like Cousin It. Use gourds and miniature pumpkins to complete your display.

Use these items on the front porch and steps, or on a dining table for an indoor party. Although the pumpkins, gourds and plants can tolerate very cool temperatures, it's best to protect them from freezing weather. With care, they might last until Thanksgiving and make another inspiring display.

Plants are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.

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