Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NO COST Fall Planters!

We have certainly had some beautiful fall weather the last few days!
The temperatures here did dip into the low 40's a couple of nights ago.....so a killing frost can't be too far away.

The planters around the firepit were looking pretty sad....

to be honest....

I never much liked the plantings in them this year.

anyway.....by last weekend they definitely needed a fall spruce up!!!

And of course.....I didn't want to spend ANY money!!



Every year Mr. S and I take a drive through the countryside to cut a handful of cattails for the mantel....




We did that 2 weeks ago.....







 





 I always spray them with a little clear spray paint to keep them from fluffing all over.... fast and simple!











Anyway....back to the planters....I asked Mr. S. if he could get me a WHOLE BUNCH MORE....
What a guy....he used his lunch hour to go tramping through the bushes and cut some!
.....about a 50!!! 


I think this was almost better than when he sends me flowers from the florist!!!!
All that involves is a credit card and a phone....

this was way harder....


 And.....
Can you believe that I saw a teensy bunch of 4 cattails in the floral display at the grocery store for $3.99!
That means Mr. S. saved.....hmmmmmm........about $75.00....not that ANYONE in their right mind would spend that on CATTAILS!!!!



I stuck these into a planter so that I could  spray them with more clear spray paint.....

There are some milkweed pods in there too....another project...another day!!!!



once they dried.....


I was ready to get started!






I moved all the smaller planters down into the garden and only left the four biggest pots....

I couldn't bring myself to pull up the Profusion Zinnias that are still sort of blooming....
but I did cut out the obvious dead stuff...


I stuck the cattails in......


Took a short walk to the ditch for some Pampas Grass switches.....


And there you have it.......

 FREE FALL PLANTERS....


A fire....
A glass of wine....
A bottle of beer....
A perfect early fall evening!








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