Potting Shed: Fall Window Boxes and Pumpkins


I’m adding a little bit of fall and pumpkins around the Potting Shed!


It’s starting to feel like fall here in North Carolina! Our daytime temperatures are in the 70s, dipping down to 40s and 50s at night. There’s nothing like the early morning nip in the air after a long summer of energy-zapping heat and humidity to energize you. I’m ready to pile on the blankets, pillows and cozy fall layers!


The window boxes are in transition with the summer annuals waning.


The ornamental sweet potato vine is still growing, but looking a little worn and ragged.


The mandevilla vine planted in May has climbed to frame the two sides of windows with glossy green leaves and white blooms.

Mandevilla trellis

I planted it on a trellis between my window boxes and added some twine secured to the siding for it to climb. I was hoping it would make around all three sides before it was nipped by frost. It looks like I’ll have to plant it a little earlier next year and give some extra liquid encouragement and fertilizer to reach the third side. :)


I added some pumpkins and ornamental kale to the window boxes, tucking them in around the last of the summer annuals. . .pentas, angelonia that’s waning, and coleus that’s still growing strong with its vibrant red leaves.



I hung some Indian corn on the corners of the window box. . . I’m guessing it will take the squirrels about 30 minutes to find it. :)


Pumpkin season is my favorite time of year. . .smooth, warty, pink, orange, gray and white, I like them all.


A pot of two-tone mums helps make the transition to fall, blending the purples and brighter colors of summer with the burnished and deeper hues of fall.


Do you pick your pumpkins by their stems? I love the curled or long stems on pumpkins.









One side of the Potting Shed transitioned to fall, three more to go ;)


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 Metamorphosis Monday

  36 comments for “Potting Shed: Fall Window Boxes and Pumpkins

  1. Sue Hartzell
    October 12, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Your beautiful combinations of fall flowers and pumpkins make my day:)

  2. Karen
    October 12, 2016 at 7:34 am

    That looks so cute. I love combining summer and fall. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  3. October 12, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Wow, You should not have to do any arm strengthening exercises today lifting all those pumpkins. I love all the colors and varieties. Mums and pumpkins with all your lush greenery gets me in the mood. I’m loving the cooler temps too.
    Our stores haven’t gotten many pumpkins in yet.Looking forward to buying some and decorating.
    I’m home from my trip and have lots to catch up on. I loved your tablescape blog hop post. What a pretty Mikasa pattern and the gold pumpkin centerpiece was perfect.
    Be glad your squirrels aren’t eating your potato vine. They ate mine while I was gone. I think they know when I’m not home!

  4. October 12, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Your shed looks so good! Your mandevilla look terrific compared to mine. I think my magnolia has grown so large (next to), that the tropical vines can’t seem to get enough water & nutrients to grow tall like they used to on my trellis. I’ve not had really good looking ones for a few years now. Yes, I love the morning chill in the air too – it makes for great walks. I laughed at the Indian corn comment – was thinking the same thing, and yes, I pick some of my pumpkins by the stems! All your textiles are great fall additions.

  5. October 12, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Mary, I love your variety of pumpkins: the colors, the textures, and yes, even the stems! Your shed is all ready for Trick or Treaters! So cute!

  6. Ellen Stillabower
    October 12, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Great Fall decor!!! Frost in our neck of the woods this week…🎃🌻🍁🌾🍂

  7. Dianne Sharpe
    October 12, 2016 at 9:13 am

    All your colors and textures so beautiful together. Love your pillows and throw together also….gives many of us extra joy to start our day.

  8. October 12, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Mary, your colorful autumn window boxes bring a smile on this Wednesday morning! I love all colors of pumpkins, also! Have a wonderful day! Pam @ Everyday Living

  9. October 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I LOVE fall …. especially at the potting shed! Gorgeous!

  10. Belle Bleu Interiors
    October 12, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Mary, your window boxes are gorgeous! I love all of the colorful and beautiful pumpkins and floral displays around your potting shed…so pretty! Thanks for sharing! I hope that you have a wonderful day!!! Happy Fall!!!

  11. Cyndi Raines
    October 12, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Very pretty Mary. Love, Love, LOVE fall – pumpkins are my favorite. LOVE the Cinderella variety, and the regular ones too. White are also pretty neat. Not a fan of the warty ones though lol. Have a great day!

  12. October 12, 2016 at 10:33 am

    We didn’t get any potato vine in this year…Yours is GORGEOUS. We had a three late frosts and all the nurseries were hit. So I miss it’s luscious lime-ness. LOL, looks so good with pumpkins. Love your potting shed. Thanks for the tour. Sandi

  13. October 12, 2016 at 11:17 am

    My favorite potting shed is decked out in Auntmn’s splendor, Mary! All of your pumpkins with different colors and textures add so must interest, and your window box are so bountiful. I loved seeing a glimpse of a hydrangea still in bloom! Happy October, Mary!

  14. Rattlebridge
    October 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Dear Mary, your pumpkins are unique as fingerprints, and they are so darling. The one with the bumps (a pox against spooky creatures?) is so cute. The warm, patterned pillows are heralds of cooler weather and shorter days. When I visit you, I always learn something about art and style–I am drinking up how you repeat colors (bench, window boxes, Indian corn, flowers) so beautifully. I have emailed you about a certain magic goodie box, but the “rr” one came back. I have you a little something. Much love and thanks, Mlee

  15. Ellen
    October 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Your pumpkins are divine in their diversity- love, love, love them- each and everyone!! I look at the stems too, they add so much character to a simple pumpkin. The potting shed is absolutely perfect. Your artistic nature is evident in everything you do, so much talent amazes me! I love the mandevilla vine, such beautiful flowers. Will it survive the winter? Thank-you for this lovely post, it is always a treat to visit with you.

    • October 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks so much Ellen! No the mandevilla is tropical so it’s planted like an annual here :)

  16. October 12, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I am swooning over your potting shed Fall decor. I really want to come and visit someday, and in the FALL!!

  17. October 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Very pretty! I’m glad to hear your temps are cooling down a little Mary. And I’m sure the squirrels thank you for the corn:@)

  18. October 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Your green thumb is showing…everything grows so lush for you!

  19. angela carrera
    October 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    love this potting shed and what you do to it!!! I wonder if you actually ever sit on that bench? or is it just for the beauty of it and to decorate it. gorgeous as usual and you give me inspiration!! thanks!!

    Angela from NJ

  20. October 12, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Mary, I read a tip on squirrels eating pumpkins and Indian corn – spray them with furniture polish to keep the squirrels away. I’m trying that this year – so far, so good!

  21. October 12, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I have got to remember mandivilla next year! I adore your Fall dressed potting shed. I, too, love all the pumpkins especially the warty ones:) I got one this year too. Your styling of this area is fabulous, but then you are the master at this. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and talents.

  22. Joan
    October 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I love your combination of pumpkins and flowers.

  23. Marie in AZ
    October 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Such a lovely fall display, chock-full of the best of autumn charm and color!

  24. Kathleen from Vancouver WA
    October 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    So beautiful!! Blessings for our eyes! Thank you!!

  25. Marilyn
    October 12, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    What a beautiful display. We cannot put our pumpkins outdoor on the front stoop, the squirrels chew them .Thanks for always having a beautiful post.

  26. Marion
    October 12, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing your spectacular Fall display of flowers and pumpkins. it is beautiful.

  27. October 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Mary, your Potting Shed always looks SOooo pretty!!!! You have so much talent…..I would sure love to visit that Potting Shed one day……AND a great cook and know how to display everything Beautiful!

  28. Paula
    October 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm


    The Potting Shed is dressed up perfect for fall, she looks beautiful !!

  29. Patricia Alexander
    October 12, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    When I am asked what I think Heaven looks like, I picture your potting shed.  Love your blog.

  30. October 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Your potting shed looks so happy, like it’s hugging armloads of pumpkins! I am a fellow pumpkin lover too Mary, and several seem to hop in my car every time I go shopping! Life is short, fill it with pumpkins!!

  31. Mary Weathers Venable
    October 13, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Yes Mary, I pick my pumpkins out by stems too. I took my 4 grandchildren to pick out pumpkins last week and one of the 4 children picked one out without a stem. I made them put it back (lol). We do have pumpkin “rules.” Have a great day. Mary

  32. October 13, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Or the deer!! I have a vintage wheelbarrow at my gate entering our property filled with only natural goodies for fall. I put some Indian corn in it one night before sunset. Next morning it was stripped of all kernels but the cobs had never been moved. I looked down and lots of deer tracks were all around the wheelbarrow!!! I laughed thinking how clever they must have thought they were!
    Your shed is absolutely stunning…hope lots of peeps come by to see it often!

  33. Darlene
    October 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Beautiful Mary! Love your flair for decorating with nature!

  34. October 19, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Your potting shed is overflowing with beauty Mary!~ Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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