Sometimes when we look at the garish and awful decorations that are placed in the church as a sign of the various liturgical seasons, one wonders if the ones doing it (hopefully not the priest, but they may be priest trained) weren't fired from their jobs as department store window dressers.
The photos below are examples of Lenten desert scenes, a quite common silly liturgical idea from the 1970's. You know you have a pastor or priest on staff who is nostalgic for the 1970's when you see this kind of stuff!
Just a rule of thumb, when placing flowers or other decorations in the sanctuary, the idea is to frame not hide the altar, ambo and priest's chair. Never, never, ever placed stuff in front of the altar. The altar is the primary symbol/sign of the Church! Don't hide it with stuff!