One of my favorite things to do is to walk our property and snip a few flowers from the gardens around my house. Usually this is an evening activity after a long day working in the garden or arranging flowers for an upcoming event. Walking around means designing on the go . . . so the result is usually colorful, loose and informal. In late July, zinnias are the most prolific, but there are also coneflowers, daisies, phlox, and hydrangea to choose from. Soon there will be the stars . . . dahlias!
Using a base of natural greens, I added pine cones, dried rose hips,and eucalyptus from the garden along with some artificial berries, weather-proof ornaments and bows to make these wreaths. This year we had very few pine cones fall in the white pine stand of trees . . . next year I’ll be collecting as many as I can.
I love orange roses . . . the last opportunity to design with fall colors including sunflowers is around Thanksgiving. This is the last hurrah for orange roses and foraging in the yard and garden for rose hips, green plants and branches.
The peonies bloom in early June in southern Wisconsin but are here for only a short time. Pink peonies plus hosta leaves, Solomon seal leaves and snow on the mountain blooms combine to make this garden arrangement.
Fall is a great time to decorate the yard . . . Halloween into Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the colors of fall . . . orange, rust, gold, burgundy and brown. Add texture with raffia, birch branches, and pine cones. Pumpkins are orange, green or white and different kinds of squash add variety.