I don’t remember autumn EVER arriving as late as it did this year. It was nearly October, and I’d barely cracked the lids of the storage bins holding the girls’ long-sleeved shirts. The joy of the first cold snap this week (meaning below 70 at 3 o’clock in the morning) was like Christmas morning to me. Now it’s time to put out those mums and ghosts and clean everything outside, because it’s finally fall at our little cottage!
First we removed all the spider webs, wasp nests, and algae with bleach and a broom. It was like spring cleaning in the fall.
A rug with a red truck hauling a huge pumpkin was the perfect way to start things off.
We added a few Dollar Tree ghosts to give our little cottage a spooky, but not too spooky, feel. It’s so funny to see the window box impatiens blooming like summer beneath a Halloween ghoul.
Next, we added colorful mums to each porch. I had to replant the ones on the front porch from their original plastic pots into my nicely aged terra cotta ones. I bought the burgundy mum with lots of buds so that we could enjoy the blooming process throughout the month. The mum on the side porch came from Lowe’s. It was already potted in a gorgeous orange container that gave the space the pop of color it needed.
I added a large remade fall wreath to the house above our side porch. You can read the tutorial for it here.
A Happy Fall Y’all Flag and a Happy Fall Sign were just right.
The signs of football season were already in our yard. Early in September/August I made a Friends and Football Fall Wreath (the sign in the middle broke, so I had to buy another), a Festive Football Flag, and a small Garden Flag with a dog carrying a football.
A fall porch would be incomplete without a pumpkin. I was proud to place my Zany Witch Painted Pumpkin on the 2nd brick step of our freshly cleaned porch. She was the crowning touch to a one of the first gorgeous autumn days here in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
It’s Finally Fall at Our Little Cottage Y’all!
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