Red Lion InnLong-term followers know that I’m a bit of a curmudgeon about Halloween. I don’t like graveyards set up as decorations or my bank teller dressed as a space monster.  However I do love decorations like this at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge MA.  The center pumpkin weighs close to 650 pounds!

Pumpkin with bittersweetThis striking Kente cloth runner was bought on a long ago holiday in Capetown.  As the ‘orange’ is more of a muted coral/beige, it didn’t say Halloween to me until I paired it with a black wreath, sugar pumpkin and bittersweet.

Mr. Jack O'Lantern Remember the lovely pumpkin from “Berkshire Haunts”?

Inspiration is flatteryIt inspired this charming luncheon centerpiece on Long Island, where the dahlias are going strong – thanks for sending it to me, MLC.

Charming French OwlHow about this kind of enchantment?  A French Canadian owl, seen in Montreal, mais oui!!!  Beautifully crafted from a variety of dried materials, it is whimsical and fun.  Thanks to Mrs. Pasadena for this one.

Red Lion Inn

Back at the Red Lion, if that was Mama Pumpkin, here is Dad, clocking in at a whopping 840 pounds!!

White pumpkin and vegHappy Halloween.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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2 Responses to BOO!

  1. Alexandra says:

    The owl might be one of my most favorite posts to date!! Absolutely love it – very clever and well done. As anti-Halloween as you are, I appreciate the post.

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