Happy Halloween – Garden Style

Autumn leaves and prickly tree seeds

My first was taken at one of Nature’s Halloween parties. The sweetgum leaves are dressed in fancy costumes and are waving their lobes in a scary fashion, pretending to be ghosts. An oak leaf is wearing a fake moustache. Skeleton seed balls are part of the mix. 

Halloween tyre planter with a face cut into it

This grinning, pumpkin-style tyre planter was just one of many festive decorations displayed around Fondren, Mississippi, when I was there this time last year.

Smiling ghost figure in a garden

This friendly ghost was haunting the neighbourhood too, complete with tin can rattles, bat and Spanish moss. Make that two ghosts.

These pictures from the archive are the best ways I have to wish you Happy Halloween. I probably ought to sign off with a scary noise, but I’m not sure how you spell a scary noise. Would ‘ooooooooo’ do it?

I’m relying on you to imagine a wailing tone… make it spooky!

20 Replies to “Happy Halloween – Garden Style”

  1. Adorable. I love those fall colors in the leaf/seed head still life – and the Mississippi ghosts! (AND the innovative repurposing of the tire!) Happy Halloween to youuuuuuuu!

  2. The comments are hilarious! And the photos capture the best of Halloween. A happy day indeed — just ask the bouncy four-year-old in the red tutu and Michael Jackson tee shirt who stood in front of me in Walgreen’s yesterday and told me all about being a good witch for Halloween! Did you know good witches wear pretty dresses and pretty hats? That’s happiness! So Happy Halloween it is! Thanks and same to you!

    1. So even the witches have given up on the broomsticks, to say nothing of the dusters? My scary noise has been well and truly shown up for the feeble attempt it was. And thank you!

  3. October’s Party
    By: George Cooper

    October gave a party;
    The leaves by hundreds came
    The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
    And leaves of every name.
    The Sunshine spread a carpet,
    And everything was grand,
    Miss Weather led the dancing,
    Professor Wind the band.

    The Chestnuts came in yellow,
    The Oaks in crimson dressed;
    The lovely Misses Maple
    In scarlet looked their best;
    All balanced to their partners,
    And gaily fluttered by;
    The sight was like a rainbow
    New fallen from the sky.

      1. Does it have too many miles on it?
        Tires were sort of a joke with my colleague and I. He is a renowned landscape designer. I am just a grower. I have no problem using tires for low retaining walls . . . tastefully of course. He cringes at the though, which is why I must tell him all about it.

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