I had hoped my pumpkin planters would last until Halloween, but Mother Nature had other ideas. The heavy rains we’ve had since I put the pumpkins out more than two weeks ago has taken a toll, and one of the pumpkins is rotting at the bottom. Yesterday we experienced what felt like gale-force winds; I had to move our grill into the porch to keep it from blowing around the deck. So it’s no surprise the tallest pumpkin fell over. Today I’ll be planting the grass and mum and tossing the pumpkins on the compost pile. It’s too bad, because I really liked how the pumpkins drew attention to the orange flowers of the nasturtium planted nearby.