…. and scary pretty! The 6 Wellesley pumpkin witches flew in last week for their annual Halloween haunting of this beautiful, classic cape home in the heart of downtown Wellesley. After midnight on Halloween, they’ll fly away and leave lovely autumnal window boxes.
The foliage of heuchera “Black Pearl” is easily in my top 10! The contrast of the glossy “black” top of the leaf with the magenta/purple underside is extraordinary. It’s amazing in containers particularly in autumn when vibrant pinks and purples are hard to find. The contrast of the two colors is breathtaking. Thank you nature, you are genius.
Pink, purple, tangerine, vivid yellow and apple green against a crisp, blue Autumn sky! Early Fall color in New England is my absolute favorite! These urns are epic sized….the blue “Cairo” cabbage repeats five times around!
SWIPE to see the enormous scale of these urns. You can see the match to this one in the background.
SWIPE AGAIN for the view from inside the home. Coordinate color ways with the clients interior decor for months of enjoyment!
Happy start to a full week of autumn sunshine in Boston!! 🌾🍂☀️
Today was one of those days where I said to myself, “…there is nothing else I would rather be doing right now!”. Feeling blessed! I source of these containers from Campania international… I think they are so perfect here! Happy Monday everyone!!
This pattern repeats four times 365° around!I used Iris foliage as a backdrop for the grasses to standout against the landscape plantings. These antique urns are my favorite and so gorgeous at either end of the entrance to this spectacular Wellesley home. First week of autumn has been a wet one here in Boston. Hoping for a sunny week ahead!
How I feel about this bluebird Autumn day after five straight days of rain in Boston!
Switching out Summer containers to Fall can be so painful! Every time I show up to make the switch, clients lament the loss of their vibrant summer plantings (which in most cases are still thriving!). UNFORTUNATELY, their days are numbered with cold nights setting in. FORTUNATELY, you don’t have to give up brilliant color for Fall! Loving the vibrancy of these and can’t wait for the purple plumes on the grasses!
SWIPE for the video of these! There are two of them at either end of the entrance to this spectacular home. I’m crazy for these antique urns. These really need to pop because they are nestled in gorgeous antique rhododendrons and seen from every angle from one of the most beautiful roads in Wellesley.
I’m coming for ya fall 2023! Have great weekends everyone!
⁉️ I’ve received several comments asking how this was done. There’s no tricky material like Styrofoam or chicken wire it’s just plants, pumpkins and soil. I nestle the pumpkins into the soil and I plant the plants into the soil around them. I have done these the past few years and they last beautifully.
My favorite month and my favorite song (and it’s not just because the 21st night of September is my birthday!). There is still plenty of Summer but it’s a beautiful September night in Boston tonight with all the fall feels!
SWIPE for the entire windowbox installation. This isn’t even half of them!
QUESTION ANSWERED: These were from Fall 2022. I don’t start fall planting in Boston until 2nd week of September. They did amazing all season (kale, euphorbia and pansies are fall rockstars for longevity into colder temps)! The chamacyparis shrubs were gorgeous for two more seasons.
November 2 and these Aster “showstopper” are just getting started! The aster is my 💜 plant for Fall. Their saturated, vivid, color ignite Fall containers. The aptly named “showstopper” is a late bloomer with beautiful buds and blossoms that perform non-stop.
I have received more questions/compliments about these overalls than any item of clothing I’ve ever worn (which is kinda sad if I think about it 😂). They’re by Dovetail, a company run by women who make workwear for women. So incredibly comfortable with a tiny bit of stretch, tons of pockets, reinforced in the right places and made to fit women (you can select your waist and inseam!). I have them in three colors and if you know me you know they are my uniform. The Maven X pant is also amazing. I rarely post personal stuff on social media but I promised to share this info. (I don’t own a full length mirror so this is the best I could do 🤷🏻♀️)
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Super sculptural Fall containers look beautiful even with a dusting of snow! 🍂❄️
I really love this saturated, sculptural duo! The translucent flames of kale showcasing those amazing, creamy pistachio Arborvitae, Thuja “Morgan”!! And the best part… they’ll be the centerpieces for their winter containers as well.
I’ll be honest, I had every intention of switching these lantana topiaries out for Fall. They performed all summer long and I decided the show must go on! I have some grasses waiting backstage but I may just be able to go straight to branches. I love the Autumn underplanting with the Hinoki cypress ruffle around the topiary trunks. 💜💛🤍💚
This was one of my earliest fall installations . This property is so breathtaking it needed simple, classic plantings so nothing detracts. Boxwood, English ivy, pansy, viola and mini white kale florets seamlessly blend into the landscape. Swipe to see the fabulous galvanized bucket planters, a nod to the spectacular barn.