Christel Colla's autumn pumpkin arrangement

Pumpkin Lemongrass Chrysanthemum Autumn Containers with Christel Colla

Pumpkin Lemongrass chrysanthemum autumn containers with Christel Colla! 

I’ve introduced you to Christel’s kitchen garden  and her husband’s collection of tin signs so let’s see what Christel is doing today. Looks like she’s made us some pumpkin Lemongrass chrysanthemum autumn containers.

She’s the most inspiring person always coming up with new garden designs or making some kind of outstanding container arrangement. Her talents go beyond the garden to music and card crafting. I’ve never seen a person be so obedient to God to develop all that God has given them and she’s so generous to share. Thank you Christel.

Her husband Johnny….cut out the tops and Christel scooped out the insides which makes them last longer. Christel lives in California and that day it was rather warm but the cooler days to come will extend the life…..the good part is the pumpkins can be easily peeled away at planting time and all goes right in the garden or divided for places in other containers. If you live in a frost free zone…the mums will continue to be green for quite some time.

She said the pumpkin scraping was labor intensive. She was so tired but this part can’t be skipped or you’ll have a rotten mess too quickly before the season is done. Good job my dear friend. You always go the extra mile and do it right.

Please leave a comment telling Christel how much you enjoyed her giving us step by step instructions. I enjoyed it so much that I just had to share.

Christel first used Lemongrass and planted that in the pumpkins.

Next up the autumn flower selections

Sitting on Christel’s porch is a gorgeous pot of ornamental peppers…fittingly..a nice companion autumn container arrangement with the pumpkins.

And isn’t it to die for…..

Christel’s husband..Johnny..cut the pumpkins for her. This is a hard task and he is using a hand held power saw. Pretty smart I’d say. Saved Christel an hour or more she said. She was grateful. Johnny helps her do a lot of things…both are lucky to have each other. Both are immensely talented in a lot of areas.

Thank you so much for letting me use your photos Christel. I love you for it.

Thought you might also like to see Christel’s kitchen garden from a few years past. I featured her in a magazine that is no longer around but these photos sure tell the story. Christel changes this with each year and season and her fruits have grown in so nicely. She does keep up her bird feeders every day. Hats off sweet friend. Always a pleasure.

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Fall plantings are actually Spring plantings

Spring Bulb Container

Fall plantings are actually Spring plantings. If you want your containers to have Spring bulbs then you gotta think about that right now. This container is nicely displayed at the Bob Timberlake Gallery in Lexington, NC.

The euphorbia and heuchera is pretty planted in the Autumn and if you live in a milder climate it will last through the winter. I’m in zone 7 and both below are pretty year round unless it gets really cold–then the heuchera dies back but returns in early Spring.

Euphorbia and Heuchera

Euphorbia (Wood Spurge) Helena’s Blush
Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Peach Melba

Here are a few ideas for you on what to plant for Autumn. These are all from the Proven Winners site.

Autumn Container Arrangement
Graceful Grasses:
Toffee Twist
Euphorbia ‘Despina’
Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Dolce® Peach Melba
Heliotropium (Heliotrope) ‘Nagano’

Autumn Container Arrangement

Carex (Toffee Twist Sedge) Heuchera
(Coral Bells) ‘Amber Waves’
Osteospermum Peach Symphony

Autumn Container Arrangement

Euphorbia (Wood Spurge) Efanthia
Heuchera (Coral Bells) ‘Amber Waves’
Carex (Toffee Twist Sedge)
Lamiastrum (Dead Nettle) Hermann’s Pride
Osteospermum Melon Symphony
Carex (Toffee Twist Sedge)
Heuchera (Coral Bells) ‘Amber Waves’
Osteospermum Peach Symphony
Euphorbia (Wood Spurge) Efanthia
Heuchera (Coral Bells) ‘Amber Waves’
Carex (Toffee Twist Sedge)
Lamiastrum (Dead Nettle) Hermann’s Pride
Osteospermum Melon Symphony

Hope you all enjoyed that as much as me! Now get busy planning those Autumn in to Spring arrangements.