Fall officially arrives Saturday for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and I’ve been counting down the days to my favorite season since July! While there is still plenty of summer weather ahead of us in North Carolina, I’m ready for a harvest of pumpkins, warm plaid layers, and cozy meals with the flavors of fall on the menu!
In celebration of fall’s arrival, I’m joining my blogging friends, Pam, Lidy and Shirley, for with another edition of Floral Friday!
You’ll find their links for their beautiful floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
Apples, gourds, pumpkins, mums, and Indian corn are a few of my favorite harbingers of fall! I gathered some of each in celebration of the season, along with some dried putka pods, a botanical filler that resemble tiny pumpkins.
I find myself gravitating to sunflowers this time of year. Sunflowers are the perfect transitional flower with their large brown centers and sunny yellow rays. . . ideal for September when it’s supposed to feel like fall, but the summer heat is still hanging on.
We’ve had our 8th hottest summer in 80 years of record keeping in North Carolina. The mercury is still in upper 80s, with the humidity pushing the heat index in the 90+ degree range. . . fall can’t get here quickly enough for me!
Our common theme this week for Floral Friday was apples!
To add the apples to the arrangement, I used some wooden kabob skewers from the grocery store. You usually find them in 10 and 12-inch lengths, so they’re ideal to skewer an apple to add height and interest to an arrangement. If the skewers are too long, you can easily break them to the length you need. Because the skewers are food safe, you can eat the apples after your flowers are spent and disassemble your arrangement.
A piece of chicken wire makes for easy arranging and supports the flower stems and bamboo skewered apples in the arrangement. Chicken wire can reused as opposed to wet floral foam. Soak your chicken wire in a solution of water and a little bleach after using it (or place it in your dishwasher) and let it dry so you don’t introduce bacteria that would potentially shorten the life of your flowers the next time you use it.
Sunflowers join rust colored mums and white waxflowers from the grocery store. I added some red kale for some texture and color to the arrangement, along foliage from the shrubs.
Tips to help your cut flowers last:
For a long-lasting arrangement, add a packet of commercial floral preservative to the water that comes with your flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative you can mix your own with this easy formula.
Cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle one inch from the bottom for maximum water uptake.
Remove all leaves below the waterline to prevent bacteria in the water.
Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight.
If possible, change your water in your arrangement every two days.
I often get questions about how long an arrangement will last: it depends on the type of flowers you use and the condition of your flowers. Sunflowers, waxflowers and mums are long-lived in an arrangement if you change the water and follow the tips above. My arrangement has lasted a week, with the kale the first to expire. I removed the kale and added some foliage to replace it.
Join me on the porch while we wait for hayride and cider-sipping-weather and page through some favorite fall magazines for autumn inspiration!
Hayrides and Cider Pillow / HomeGoods, recently
Plaid Throw / HomeGoods, last year
Wood Tray / HomeGoods, several years ago
Bird urn / retail days
Copper Moscow Mule Mug / Target
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ~ George Eliot
Wishing you a delicious autumn. ♥