KUSA - Greet your guests this Thanksgiving with a bounty of festive natural materials.
Use gourds, pumpkins, corn, pansies and kale to decorate your entryway, patio and interior spaces. I challenged Proctor's Apprentices to design a holiday arrangement on my patio. I'm really pleased with it.
I like symmetry (on my patio, at least), and they did a good job of arranging plants and pumpkins symmetrically but not stiffly. Hay bales add a country charm even in the city and invite groupings at different levels. The colors are also vibrant, with the orange pumpkins contrasting effectively with my glazed blue pots. Blue, purple, red and orange pansies also complete that theme.
It's also a nice touch to hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a planter for kale, pansies or mums. These mum planters look great on the dining table or mantle as well. If outdoor temperatures are below freezing, store your pumpkins in the garage or a cool porch or room.
After the holiday, the pumpkins can be baked and used to make pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread or pumpkin cookies. Or if you're weary of pumpkins, they can be left outside as a feast for the squirrels.
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