We remember the loved ones we’ve lost in many ways, one of them being to go to the cemetery and place flowers on the grave. Old cemeteries are different than the ones we see today. Then, gravestones were all different and it required a lot of maintenance to keep weeds trimmed from around the stones. Nowadays, all the headstones look the same and everything’s neat and tidy. It creates a peaceful and beautiful look but there’s one problem. The area you have for leaving memorial flowers, flags, stuffed animals and similar items is very limited and there are guidelines you must follow. You can leave anything from flowers to gifts, but if it doesn’t fit in the vase they provide, it gets collected by the cemetery maintenance crew and ends up in the trash.
There are only so many ways you can decorate a headstone so that the flowers or other things are not removed by the maintenance workers. Of course, you can do as everyone does and place flowers in the provided vase. And, you can place small flags in the ground as long as they stay very near the stone itself. When it comes to holidays the best you can do is to add a holiday-theme ribbon to the flowers in the vase.
Following the guidelines of cemeteries that feature the flat headstones which are all the same, you can make a unique fall decoration that’s lovely, and it’ll be unlike any other. Use a pumpkin to make a flower arrangement that’s absolutely gorgeous. When you do this, the pumpkin becomes the vase, and it covers up the provided vase.
Cut a hole in the top and bottom of the pumpkin so that they align with each other. Make sure the bottom hole is large enough to easily slide over the top of the headstone vase. Scoop out the meat and seeds from the pumpkin and you’re ready to go to the cemetery to make the flower arrangement.
Start by setting the pumpkin over the top of the vase. Place the selected flowers insid the vase. Choose ones with long enough stems so that they can be seen over the top of the pumpkin. Or, position a small stuffed animal so that the top half of it protrudes from the pumpkin then add a few flowers, here and there, to finish filling the pumpkin.
If you want to secure the pumpkin to the ground you can easily use wooden skewers to do so. Two or three skewers, inserted into the lower part of the pumpkin, will work to keep it from tipping over during strong wind. The pumpkin memorial planter is unique and beautiful. It can be displayed from October to December yet the flowers can be changed at any time.