This is a Croton plant. I always think of Fall when I see these although they are available year round. These are easy plants to care for. They like an even, moist soil. I find that if I water these once per week, they do great. While you see this in front of my fireplace, I am going to move it tomorrow as they like sun and this is not a very bright spot in my home. The more sun they get, the more color they have. How cool is that? I found this plant at the grocery store and placed it in my champagne cooler that usually is sitting in my china cabinet collecting dust. When I first pulled it out, I was ready to put on my rubber gloves and give it a good polishing. Then I looked a little harder and decided that the darker patina on it seemed to fit with Fall and so I just left it alone. I surrounded the base with this chartreuse Spanish moss. I loved finding this color in the craft store because it seemed like it would work so well with the typical Fall colors.
I am pretty sure you have seen this cast iron container before, but I filled it with some orange Kalonchoe and more of the chartreuse Spanish moss. I usually have Kalonchoe somewhere in my house because of their great color, longevity and ease of care. These like a sunny spot and if you let the soil dry out between watering they are happy campers. I usually water mine every other week. If you blooms fade, you can cut them off and if you are really patient, these will bloom again. I have never been patient enough to wait. Perhaps something I need to work on.
These beautiful white orchids (that you can barely see in this photo...sorry) were on sale at the grocery store. At first they did not make me think Fall, but then I began to think of how white is really a blank canvas and mixed with Fall colors would be really pretty. I used this Annie Glass bowl and filled it with mini pumpkins and pine cones. The container the orchid came in was not really great so I covered it with burlap and grapevine wire. So many people tell me they just can't care for orchids. I give mine a few pieces of ice once per week and they last until their blooms fall off, at least a month or longer.
This dough bowl always sits on our kitchen table. Even when we lived in our former house, it sat on our table. I think my family would freak out if this bowl was not on the table. It usually houses some bright green faux apples. I found these great faux pumpkins and gourds and placed them around the Spanish moss. I use faux in this wooden bowl as it is porous and if one of these pumpkin cuties starts to... shall we say... get a little too ripe, it could ruin your wood.
So that's all my brain would allow me to come up with last week. Maybe I will get some creative juices flowing again this weekend. This is going to be a football weekend around my house. Son 2 has a game tomorrow night and then on Saturday, all the Sparkling men will be traveling to a game. (This gives me time to work on some projects) I hope you have a great weekend. Next week I will be sharing some new recipes and an update on our patio. Stay tuned.