Monday, September 20, 2010

Make a Garland of Indian Corn


This is the third year we have displayed these garlands of Indian Corn.  For most of the year, they hang from the rafters in the garage. We hang them in the center of the garage and somehow they have remained safe from mice. 



This was an easy project, but might be cost-prohibitive unless you grow your own corn. But, as I said, it will last for years if stored properly. And I really love the look of it on our house.



Bundle three ears of corn and bind tightly around the husks with florist's wire. Use the ends of the same wire to attach each bunch securely to heavy jute twine, leaving some space between bunches. Make loops on the end of each swag and hang from hooks or nails. We leave the nails there and use them to hang our Christmas greenery.



Below is my absolutely favorite perennial: Gaillardia aristata. As you see below, all stages of blooms are attractive: buds, full blooms, and spent blooms. It blooms for most of the summer. I have never deadheaded it, but an online search recommends it. It also recommends dividing every 2-3 years, but I've never done so. I do notice that it spreads up and down my flower bed, which I love (nothing better than free plants!).


Enjoy your week!

9 comments:

Lauren said...

your post just makes me long for the fall! maybe by time y'all get here it'll START to feel like the fall...maybe...

P. said...

I really like the look of that Indian corn garland. It's so pretty in front of your window.

I love gaillardia, but don't have a sunny enough spot for it. This winter we're going to have a big tree removed, so maybe next year I'll have a place for all those sun-loving flowers (and veggies) I have only been able to admire elsewhere.

Pokey said...

It sure is looking ready for the fall at your house! I like the colors of your corn, and the garland is so warm and welcoming. Pretty flowers, too!
Today, we had a nice cool day, but the predictions are for over 100 degrees tomorrow. And we wonder why our kids at school have colds....
:-}pokey

Ivory Spring said...

Beautiful, Sue!

Thanks for visiting and leaving the kind comment on my Leaves quilt. :)

Carolyn said...

These garlands look absolutely amazing. Reminds me of our time in the US, the corn you get there is so beautiful and varied... we don't get those varieties here at all!
Thankyou for your lovely birthday wishes!

Chris said...

Hi Sue - I like your garland. I make up a bundle of colored corn for my lamp post. I've done it every year without trouble. Last year, however, the squirrels managed to much all the corn, but left the husks for me. I think I'll go put mine out right now! :)

recklessbliss said...

Hi Sue!
Great blog, that garland is a really great rustic look for Autumn. Thanks so much for joining my blog "Reckless Bliss." I hope you enjoy yourself and share your thoughts with me.
Talk soon!
Heidi@RecklessBliss
xoxo

belinda said...

Hi Sue...oh yes, I just LOVE Indian corn.....and your Indian Paint Brush flowers are so cheerful....hhhmmm, I think I used to have some of those planted too...I wonder what happened to them???

Your little kitchen curtains are
'sweetie cute'....that's for sure!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

That is really beautiful.

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