Sunday, October 25, 2009
Well, Hallowe'en is about on us and people are making plans. Besides the usual costumes and decorations for those entertaining, why not consider adding some plants to your decor? I just wrote an article for the Bay Area Newspaper Group's papers (Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, San Jose Mercury News) on how to use plants as living Hallowe'en decoratations called Garden of Earthly Frights. Follow this link and find the article link under the Bay Area Living heading. Joan Morris and the art department did a terrific job laying out the article and the cover photo was suitably spooky. The article not only offers up suitable orange and black plants but delves into the spooky, Tim Burton-ish world with plants such as corokia, corylus and solanum pyracantum, with its scary orange spikes on the branches and leaves. Homage is paid to the Mexican Day of the Dead as well as to the ghoulish worlds. Although not everyone will use these plants, or others like them, it's fun to think of plants that evoke this time of the year. So take a peek -- if you dare!