How many of you are familiar with Osage Oranges? Well if you haven’t heard of them let me introduce you. I had no clue what these were until we moved to our little farm.
Osage oranges also known a horse apples grow and drop to the ground from my least favorite tree called the Bois d’ arc. This tree is native to central and east Texas.
Farmers and ranchers back in the day used the trees for fencing and many of those fences are still standing. We found remains on our farm and I gathered them to add a rustic appearance around the front and backyard.
This is my least favorite tree because the branches have thorns and when those oranges drop you don’t want to be standing under one. We have at least five of these trees and every year we pick up these oranges and eventually burn them.
This year I decided to embrace their beauty and incorporate the green for fall decorating.
Jazz Up the Outdoors
In my backyard we have this heavy duty picnic table my husband built so I thought this table centerpiece was a pretty simple application. I started with mums, a couple green plants, burlap bag, fall leafs, and osage oranges. Putting it all together was the fun part.
Rose Garden Space
Next I went over to my small rose garden where nothing is blooming, continued with the the osage oranges by filling empty containers.
The white vintage enamelware really complimented the shade of green and combined with pines cones just made sense since we have so many available.
Front Yard Sitting Space
I don’t decorate much in the front yard because things seem to look pretty sweet as is with just a few furniture pieces. But I did want something simple for the table so I added burlap, a few plants and a couple more osage orange.
This has become a comfortable space to enjoy afternoon tea or morning coffee after chores.
The chickens are a bonus and I’ve noticed they’re the perfect addition to a fall photo, very pretty rooster and hens are still busy eating bugs while still supplying us with a wonderful assortment of eggs.
Decorating for fall doesn’t have to be expensive; if you’re on a budget look at what you already have and figure out how you can jazz up your space to look new and interesting.
To learn more about bois d’ arc trees visit Texas A & M Forest Service.