I’m in a harvest state of mind with November’s arrival and Thanksgiving just a few weeks away!
And as it’s the first Friday of the month, I’m joining my blogging friends for Floral Friday! You can find links to their beautiful floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
Our common theme as you might guess for this edition of Floral Friday is ‘Harvest’. My galvanized bucket provided the inspiration for an easy and casual autumn arrangement on the porch, and was harvested from T.J. Maxx last year.
Since my bucket is on the large side, I placed a smaller bucket inside it, so I wouldn’t need so much floral material. Packing paper is sandwiched between the walls of the buckets to keep the inner bucket in place.
The paper also provides stability for bamboo skewers topped with tiger striped pumpkins. The ends of skewers rest on the paper in the bottom of the bucket, keeping them from shifting, while the edge of the bucket supports the weight of the pumpkins.
Lola is extremely interested in all things ‘fall’ on the porch, from any stray leaves to mums, but most especially the pumpkin stems or the fringe on a throw that she might have a chance to chew, when I’m not paying attention. 🐾
Fall is my favorite season and has been late to arrive in North Carolina. Our leaves are just starting to turn with our cooler temperatures the past two weeks and I’m beyond ready and loving every minute of it! I cut some branches from the maple tree for some height and seasonal fall color to add my harvest arrangement.
I’ve read numerous flower arranging tips to smash or crush the ends of the woody stems on flowers or branches with a hammer, to help them absorb water. Crushing the stems actually damages the plant cells, which in turn causes bacteria to grow, preventing the stems from absorbing water. Instead, I peeled the outer layer of the wood of the branch with my vegetable peeler. Removing 3 – 4 inches of the outer wood helps the stems ‘drink’ and stay hydrated and fresh longer.
I added the last of the Limelight hydrangeas to the arrangement. The hydrangea blooms are in various stages of color, from a newer flush of white blooms to the older ones with the burnished hues of fall.
Burgundy Football Mums from the grocery store add a pop of color, along with some blue hydrangea blooms I picked up, to pair with a throw on the bench. The harvest arrangement is framed with a bittersweet vine wreath from the farmers’ market.
With the reference to apples on the bucket, I added some apples to a leaf bowl.
And an assortment of pumpkins and gourds fill a lantern and basket.
Lola and Gracie are joining me on the porch and are dog gone happy that it looks like sweater weather is finally here to stay!
They’re easily bribed to pose with the promise of a treat. 🐾🐾
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their harvest inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse