I know you all are like, wait, winter front porch?! But it’s still fall! Well, if you live in a northern climate like I do, November usually feels more like winter. We have been rocking hats and mittens here already during Saturday soccer games for the kids. The several hard frosts so far, have taken out my mums on the front porch. So, what to do when you aren’t ready to break out the Christmas decor, but your mums have bit the dust? I thought I would show you my transitional fall/winter/pre-Christmas/post-christmas look.
I’m trying something different in my planters this year, and I bought two dwarf Alberta Spruce trees from a local nursery to put in my planters. My plan is to replant them in the spring back by our pool and then try to repot them again in the fall. The helpful person at the nursery told me to keep them in their plastic pots that they came in, (you can see them a bit in the photo below), and I should have no problem transferring them out in the spring.
She suggested keeping each in their plastic pots and planting them in the ground again while still in their pots so the roots don’t spread too much and I’m able to use them again next fall.
May I kindly suggest if you try this yourself, you have a partner help you lift them into the planters? I picked these up myself by hugging the base and basically face planting into the tree. I must be allergic to these cuties, because my entire face and neck broke out in huge hives afterward! This post is brought to you by benadryl, and hydrocortisone… just kidding :)
I will of course keep you posted if I manage to pull this whole replanting thing off! I’m excited about the idea of being able to reuse these trees and having them look nice until may when I’m ready to plant flowers.
I also took a little walk in our woods and trimmed some evergreen branches. I put branches in my window boxes every year and then I usually add in some ornaments or something fun for Christmas. Just make sure you water them to keep them from drying out until it stays below freezing in your area. I always tuck a faux garland in there to start to help anchor the real branches.
I love that this looks fresh and wintery, but it will be easy to add in some Christmas ornaments and lights for the month of December (you can check out my Christmas front porch from last year here). Better yet, it is easy to remove the Christmas cheer and have something that can last me until springtime. Last year, everything I did out here was so holiday that I took it all down and it was pretty depressing looking for the rest of the loooong winter.
I was going to spread fake spider webs all over my dead mums and go for a super spooky halloween look, but we usually only get 3 tricker treaters (there are only about 8 houses on our cul-de-sac street), so I decided to move forward with winter and skip Halloween completely this year.
How about you all, are your mums still going strong? Or are you itching to Christmas-fy all the things?