The first weekend of October, I traditionally replace the flowers in our front porch urns with pumpkins. This morning, as I was admiring the fall color of the hydrangeas on our backyard tree, I decided to use some of them in creating these pumpkin topiaries. I mixed the hydrangeas with fresh boxwood cuttings. If you insert your cuttings into the potting soil, and keep the soil moist, the topiaries will stay looking fresh through Thanksgiving.
As the days go by, the color of the hydrangeas will turn from their current shade of rose and green to a beautiful bronze before they eventually dry. As Halloween draws near, I'll begin to add a few ravens here and there as well as lighted luminaries. The largest pumpkin, sitting on the porch, will be carved the night before Halloween. Our neighbors love to see what we come up with each year, so it's time to start thinking about this year's pumpkin design.