“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”-Albert Camus
Fall just might be my absolute favorite time of the year. My dahlia field is in full bloom, leaves are turning colors, and the temperatures are finally cooling down! To me, there’s just something so magical about fall. Today, I’m excited to share my fall greenhouse and garden with you. I hope you’ll enjoy my fall tour to gather some inspiration as well as gain some tips for things you may want to be doing in your garden right now!
Fall Greenhouse & Garden Blog Hop
Today I’ve teamed up with some of my gardening friends to bring you a fun fall themed greenhouse and garden tour. Thank you to Rachel at The Pond’s Farmhouse for hosting this fall blog hop! I can’t wait to show all of you our fall greenhouse and what’s happening at The Flowering Farmhouse!
If you’re new here, welcome! I’m Jennifer, from The Flowering Farmhouse. Our family lives in a modern farmhouse in Hood River, Oregon and we lease the land around our property for our 1 acre flower farm. I am passionate about gardening and love to help others bloom where they are planted!
Tour of My Fall Greenhouse
My greenhouse is seriously the workhorse of my garden. I use my greenhouse for many purposes throughout the year. In the fall, my greenhouse serves many purposes. Right now our greenhouse is where I am pre-sprouting my ranunculus and anemone corms for late fall planting. Have you had a chance to check out our fall bulbs for sale?
Although my greenhouse is modest in size (considering we grow flowers on over an acre), I am able to fit almost all of my seed trays, pots, and gardening tools and supplies in the greenhouse over wintertime. If you want to know more about my greenhouse, be sure to check out my blog post where I answer the most commonly asked questions about our custom greenhouse.
Cleaning Out The Greenhouse For Winter
Before I’m able to decorate our fall greenhouse OR even start preparing my flower farm for wintertime, I must clean the greenhouse. I’ll admit that I tend to put this important task off for far too long. When I finally get around to cleaning the greenhouse, there’s usually more spiders than I care to see ;).
To clean my greenhouse, I begin by taking everything out of the greenhouse. Once it’s empty, I sweep all the shelves and sides of the greenhouse. Next, I’ll sweep the floors to clear out all the dirt and debris that’s accumulated over the summer months. Sometimes I’ll even bring the hose inside and spray the inside of the greenhouse down (usually this is best done in the summer when it’s warmer outside and the greenhouse will dry quickly).
Once the greenhouse is tidied up, I’ll start bringing everything back inside the greenhouse. First, I’ll do my best to organize our seed trays and pots. I usually wait to wash them until winter just because I simply don’t have time until then. Next, I make sure there’s space for all my plants that need to overwinter or pre-sprout in the greenhouse. Once it’s cleaned up, it’s time to decorate the greenhouse for fall!
Decorating My Greenhouse For Fall
Because the inside of my greenhouse is being used to store frost sensitive plants and to pre-sprout bulbs, I tend to only decorate around the exterior of my greenhouse.
This past summer, I grew corn for the first time. I wanted to grow corn specifically for the corn stalks, unfortunately I didn’t realize that I needed to grow more corn to actually produce edible corn. You need at least four rows of corn for the plants to be properly polinated. At least, I was able to get some corn stalks for my fall greenhouse!
I harvested corn stalks about a month ago. When I harvested them, I tied them up in bundles and hung them upside down to dry in the greenhouse. The corn stalks dried perfectly in about 5 days!
One of my favorite fall decorations is homegrown pumpkins! This year we planted a small pumpkin patch of heirloom pumpkins. I harvested the pumpkins several weeks ago and cured them in the greenhouse. Once the pumpkins had time to dry out in the greenhouse, I brought them outside the greenhouse for my fall decor.
My other favorite fall decoration is garden mums! I love the sprays of fall colored flowers. Mums add such a fun and cheerful look to fall decor. Would you believe that I found most of these gorgeous mums on clearance for $2-4??? I placed the mums around the front of the greenhouse, putting them around my homegrown pumpkins.
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Bringing Frost Sensitive Plants Inside The Greenhouse In The Fall
One of my favorite bouquet fillers is scented geraniums. I actually grew 60’ of scented geraniums in our field this past summer because I love them so much! Scented Geraniums not only smell incredible, but their greenery lasts forever in a vase!
Unfortunately scented geraniums will not tolerate our cold winters (I’m in zone 7b). Every fall, I dig up and re-pot as many geraniums as I can. This year I am actually taking cuttings and hoping to propagate my scented geraniums so I don’t have to take up quite so much space in the greenhouse.
Thankfully the scented geraniums don’t require too much maintenance throughout the winter. I will periodically check on them and give them some water when the soil feels dry. For the most part, they go dormant over the winter months. I love how as soon as spring comes around, they seem to come back to life and give some color to the greenhouse!
Decorating the Garden with Fall Mums
Garden mums are one of my favorite things to use for fall decorating! You can easily find mums (chrysanthemums) at your local nursery, home and garden center, and even your grocery store! Mums are an affordable fall flower. In many parts of the country they are actually a perennial and will come back every year if you plant them in your garden.
Many people struggle to keep mums alive outside. This is often because mums have too large of a root system for the small pots they are sold in. It’s helpful to pot them up into larger pots OR into the ground so their roots can really spread out. If you keep them in the pot from the store, they will need frequent watering to keep them from wilting. Also, be sure to frequently deadhead the flowers to encourage new blooms.
I actually found most of my mums on clearance this year! Can you believe these mums were only $2-4 per pot? I convinced myself that the price meant I could add that many more mums to my fall decor around the greenhouse. I’m going to be planting these in the garden so that next year they will come back even bigger and better!
A Quick Tour Around My Fall Garden
Although fall is coming to an end, there’s still so much beauty to be found in the garden. I love all the color in the flower field! I’m really going to miss this year’s blooms when we get our first frost. At the same time however, I am looking forward to tucking all of our fall bulbs into the ground!
In our backyard, we do have a small winter garden started. This year we are growing kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, and lettuce. I’m hoping we’ll be able to harvest some before the snow arrives this year!
One of my favorite spots in the garden is this trellis that’s covered with purple hyacinth bean! This trellis receives so many compliments and looks magical in the evening sunlight! I’ve been saving seeds from this and will have hyacinth bean seeds available this winter for our seed sale.
And That Concludes Our Summer Greenhouse & Garden Tour!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my greenhouse decorated for fall! It’s hard to believe that the flower fields are almost ready to be put to bed for the season. I know that we we will have our season ending frost any day now. These days I find myself walking slower and slower through the gardens, taking in every last bloom that I can.
Thanks for taking your time to tour my greenhouse and garden! If you found this inspiring or helpful, would you take a moment to share this post to Pinterest for others to see? And don’t forget to keep scrolling down for more fall greenhouse inspiration from my garden blog friends!
Well, I don’t know about you, but all this talk of fall has me craving my fall pumpkin bread. I think it’s time to make an afternoon snack. If you’re looking for a yummy fall treat, be sure to add my pumpkin bread to your fall baking list!
Be sure to visit my friends’ Fall Greenhouse & Garden Tours:
Click on the highlighted title to follow along on the tour:
Decorating the Greenhouse for Fall – Down Shiloh RoadFall Inspiration from our Farm by Southern Home and Farm
How To Prepare Your Greenhouse for Winter– Azure Farm
9 Greenhouse DIY & She Shed Ideas for Fall – The Ponds Farmhouse
Fall Decorating Ideas for Outside The Greenhouse – Shiplap and Shells
Fall in the Potting Shed – Hyrdrangea Farmhouse