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DO-IT-YOURSELF PUMPKIN FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

Who would have guessed it? The pumpkin shell isn’t just for peter, peter pumpkin eaters’ wife. Think outside of the box when decorating for fall this year. A hollowed out pumpkin makes a striking fall flower container. It’s a super quick and easy project that will add instant style to your home. Try grouping several arrangements together for a tablescape that is sure to impress. Use any size plant or pumpkin, but we recommend a medium-sized pumpkin in order to hold the arrangement snugly. We also recommend soaking your cut pumpkin in a quick bath of bleach before placing your plants there. This will prolong the pumpkin once it has been cut. You can add an empty can or jar inside of the cut pumpkin and add water for your arrangement. Next, take a trip through your yard in search of blooming flowers, foliage and branches. Once you collect your favorites, let the fun begin with arranging your cut treasures.

Try these plants from your own yard:

  • Zinnias
  • Ornamental Peppers
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Pansies and Violas
  • Marigolds
  • Nandina Domestica (this shrub has great foliage and beautiful berries)
  • Flowering Trees & Shrubs
  • Optional: Add something vertical to add structure like twigs, sticks or or picks.

If you'd like your arrangement to stick around a bit longer, try potting rooted plants in the pumpkin using soil. Once the pumpkin is no longer fresh, simply pop your plants out and replace the pumpkin or simply use a pot. Try planting pansies, ornamental peppers, celosia, marigolds and succulents for a fresh fall look.

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Pansies for Every Taste

We have a pansy to compliment every taste. With so many colors and "flavors" to choose from, use this menu to select the perfect pansy for your decorating taste. And, don't forget, pansy flowers are even edible... although, we can't guarantee you'll want to eat these little beauties. But, you'll sure love looking at 'em!

Fizzy Frizzle Sizzle
A tantalizing bloom with ruffled edges in shades of blue, burgundy, and yellow. This unique, prolific bloomer will steal the show in any garden or container.

Fizzy Lemonberry
A frilly flower with lemony yellow blooms and ruffled berry-colored edges. A real show stopper by itself, or make a bold statement by pairing it with ornamental grass.

Blueberry Thrill
A berry perfect addition to any fall flower bed or container. This yellow or white flower etched in varying shades of blue will product tons of gorgeous blooms all season long.

Dynamite Strawberry
Scrumptious blooms that add a blast of vibrant summer like color to any deck or garden. Each bloom reveals its own unique pattern making them spectacular.

Matrix Sangria
This cool season thriver will remind you of a refreshing summertime treat. With deep, rich burgundy blooms this pansy is sure to steal the spotlight.

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A New Twist on an Old Favorite.

BLUEBERRY SWIRL PANSIES

Pansies are one of the most popular fall and winter flowers. The name pansy is derived from the French word, pensée, meaning "thought", as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance. Pansies are available in a huge array of colors, patterns and sizes. The best thing about these tough little beauties is that they'll keep their blooms all through winter and even give you an early spring show!

On of our favorite pansies this season is the Coolwave Blueberry Swirl. As its name suggests, this variety features beautiful swirls of blues, purples, lavenders and bright yellows. The cool wave series offers a trailing habit that makes it an excellent choice for containers, baskets and window boxes. With medium-size blooms, this cascading pansy will bounce back from rainy weather and fill your garden or patio with beautiful blooms throughout fall, winter and into spring.

Plant pansies in sun and feed regularly to promote lush, vigorous growth and continues blooming -- we recommend feeding your pansies with McDonald Greenleaf Fertilizer.

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