Monday, October 21, 2013

Mums in a Boot

Some boots are made for walking, or working, but this one is a whimsical boot for planting.  Realistically worn right down to the tattered finish, curled-up soles and wrinkled shape!  My dear childhood friend Walter, who lost his wife last year and then underwent brain surgery a week later, gave me this adorable planter.  Although recovered, he is no longer able to take care of himself.  Now, he's slowly getting rid of some cherished items and I'm so glad he thought to give me this.  I've had it awhile trying to think of the best way to use it. 

I think these chrysanthemums look stunning in the boot.  With each new season a different plant can be placed inside.

The color of the chrysanthemums is called coral.  I love the shade. The mums look so soft and muted.  For my outdoor fall décor,  I made pumpkin topiaries using faux autumn fern leaves, and creamy bittersweets placed between the pumpkins. . . .


and secured in urns on opposite sides of my front doorway.

You can read about how I made my grapevine garland pumpkin door wreath here. 

 Thanks, Walter!  You mean so much to me and my family.  Your boot planter has become my most favorite outdoor accent. So cute and adorable!

Take a little time to enjoy,

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  1. That's sad how your friend's wife passed and then his life has was altered, but so nice of him to share something of their life with you. I love the chrysanthemum in the boot and your pumpkin topiaries. Your whole presentation is great!

  2. Thanks, Liz. His whole story is more tragic than I stated. After the surgery Walter went to live with his sister, Sandy, my best friend of over fifty years. I guess her immune system was weaken from the stress of taking care of her sil and then her brother. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that invaded her entire body and she passed shortly after that in June. I miss her and think about her daily. You just never know what life has in store for us.

  3. Absolutely beautiful, poor Walter I hope he is being well cared for.

  4. Cute ideas! Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers!

  5. your porch...the wreath and your boot flowers are wonderful :-)

  6. I really love the boot Gail, and what a thoughtful gift from your friend Walter. The mums look really fabulous in it. Your porch looks wonderful too. Those pumpkin topiaries are festive and fun.

  7. Your pumpkin topiaries are fabulous and the orange mums are my favorite color. So pretty. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. Mums in boots - I instantly thought of mothers in the trunks of cars. I love that coral color. I did not bother with mums this year. It is still too hot for them. The pumpkin topiaries are lovely - I did not know bittersweet was anything but orange - the cream is very classy.

  9. Your fall decor is wonderful. I especially love the mums in the boot!

  10. Your mums are beautiful! never would have thought of putting them in a boot! So clever! Love those stacked pumpkins with the fern leaves too!


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