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California Gardening with a Southern Accent: Creating Vintage Autumn Charm

California Gardening with a Southern Accent | Creating Vintage Autumn Charm | SouthernGuideToLife.com

In her new column, Erin Houghton, shows us how to add vintage charm to our autumn garden. With just a little time, using inexpensive and even repurposed items, we can turn our sometimes dreary gardens and outdoor spaces into vibrant and stunning displays that sing the glories of Autumn.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY:
Erin Houghton

 

The subtle changes from summer to autumn when the nights are chilly and the sky is bright and blue remind me of the southern seasonal traditions I loved as a child growing up in North Carolina. The mild autumn weather in the south meant our family garden served as an extra room for entertaining and relaxing. A favorite memory of mine, and tradition that I brought with me to California, was creating color and autumn charm in our garden using the season’s bounty and everyday objects. Come along with me as I share with you simple tips on how you can do the same, no matter where you live.

California Gardening with a Southern Accent | Creating Vintage Autumn Charm | SouthernGuideToLife.com

Bentley, my Garden Assistant, is waiting to welcome you to our garden.

California Gardening with a Southern Accent | Creating Vintage Autumn Charm | SouthernGuideToLife.com

Pumpkins are a fun, inexpensive, and versatile way to add lots of color and texture to the garden. They can later be repurposed and used to make pies and soups. The seeds can be prepared as a yummy treat.  The leftovers can be added to your compost pile. My family donates our pumpkins to our local soup kitchen and food bank a week before Thanksgiving to be used in various ways.

My garden is filled with vintage flea market finds and I love using them in fun and unexpected ways to add vintage charm. A small pumpkin, sign, and an old sap bucket filled with colorful leaves and silk flowers is placed beside a vintage birdhouse and star to create a simple and charming splash of color.

California Gardening with a Southern Accent | Creating Vintage Autumn Charm | SouthernGuideToLife.com

Summer throw pillows are replaced with ones in  golds, oranges, and yellows. A simple plaid throw is placed on the chair for chilly days.

California Gardening with a Southern Accent | Creating Vintage Autumn Charm | SouthernGuideToLife.com

A vintage wagon makes a great display for pumpkins.

California Gardening with a Southern Accent | Creating Vintage Autumn Charm | SouthernGuideToLife.com

An indoor/outdoor rug adds warmth and color to the garden.

California Gardening with a Southern Accent | Creating Vintage Autumn Charm | SouthernGuideToLife.com

A few pots of Mums and pumpkins add color to this display of vintage garden objects.

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Southern Guide to Life ~ Erin HoughtonErin Houghton is a regular contributor to Southern Guide to Life.  She is an artist, photographer, gardener and owners of www.mypaintedgarden.com. She has been featured in numerous national publications and her art has been featured, and exhibited, both nationally and internationally. To find out more visit www.mypaintedgarden.com. Follow her on Pinterest. Visit her on Facebook. Shop her  Online Store.

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  1. Susan says:

    As always Erin, your cheerful garden put a smile on my face this morning! I wish that you did not live so far away in California and that we could be over the fence friends and our two Bentleys could play together. This is a wonderful new venue for you and I will subscribe so I won’t miss any of your posts.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley