Fall Arrangement with Foliage + Monday Morning Blooms

Celebrate the beauty of fall with an arrangement of foliage, pods and grasses, all gathered from the great outdoors. This easy arrangement adds some natural beauty and an organic touch of fall to your home, without the expense of buying flowers.

Fall arrangement with foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

Happy Monday! We had a break from the heat over the weekend and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ve said goodbye to the 90s until next summer! Today I’m joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms with a touch of fall. You can find my friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

Our theme for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms was creating an arrangement using foliage or greenery that was free-for-the-clipping! As the leaves on the trees have yet to turn with our summer-like temperatures here in North Carolina, I went foraging to see what I could harvest to create a seasonal arrangement appropriate for early October.

Fall arrangement with foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

I started with a favorite urn from my retail days that has a bird relief. For easy arranging, I used a piece of chicken wire tucked in the vase and then added my water. As some of the stems were top heavy, I added some waterproof floral tape to the top of the urn, so the chicken wire would stay tucked down inside the urn when adding the weighty stems.

Fall arrangement with foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

I cut some green seed pods from the Crepe Myrtles. Before using them in an arrangement, I like to give them a dunk and a gentle “swish” in a bucket of water, taking care so as not lose too many seed pods, while removing any remaining dried petal remnants, cobwebs and critters that might be hiding among the clusters.

Fall arrangement with foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

 I struck gold while foraging for greenery, finding these prickly pods growing on a tree in the field next to my Potting Shed.

Chinese Chestnut Tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

I loved the texture and color and had never seen them before, so I cut a few branches and did an online search, identifying them as the pods from a Chinese Chestnut Tree. I would have never guessed these prickly pods held a chestnut inside!

Fall arrangement with foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

Whenever I use woody stems like live tree branches in an arrangement, I like to strip a few inches of the outer layer of wood from the branch using a vegetable peeler, which helps them ‘drink’ and stay fresh longer.

Tip to keep woody stems fresh! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

Maiden grass plumes, goldenrod and clippings from our Golden Euonymus shrubs were added to fill in the arrangement.

Fall arrangement with foliage, berries, pods and grasses | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

I placed the finished arrangement in the center of a grapevine wreath, surrounding it with a few harbingers of fall. . .

Fall vignette and arrangement with pumpkins, foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

Pumpkins, Indian corn, leaves and dried hydrangeas.

Fall vignette and arrangement with pumpkins, foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

Adding a bird’s nest to the arrangement seemed fitting . . .

Fall vignette and arrangement with pumpkins, foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

To pair with the urn as a fall nesting touch.

Fall arrangement in bird urn | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

 Goldenrod blooms along the roadside and in fields from August through October here in North Carolina. I had several bee visitors while I was photographing, attracted to the goldenrod in the arrangement. . .

Bee on goldenrod | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement #bee

 Goldenrod is an important late-season source of nectar for pollinators. It often gets a bad rap and takes the blame as the source of hay fever in late summer and early fall, when ragweed pollen is actually the culprit, which blooms at the same time.

Bee on goldenrod | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement #bee

 Ragweed flowers don’t contain nectar so it’s dependent on the wind to transfer the small, lightweight pollen grains. Ragweed pollen has been recorded 2 miles up in the atmosphere and found 400 miles out at sea. According to WebMD, about 1 out of 5 people have a reaction to ragweed pollen. A single ragweed plant is capable of producing over a billion pollen grains. . .*achoo*!

Fall vignette and arrangement with pumpkins, foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

When using an arrangement with fall grasses and goldenrod indoors, give them a spritz of aerosol hair spray to keep the grasses and tiny flower clusters from shedding.

Fall vignette and arrangement with pumpkins, foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

Fall vignette and arrangement with pumpkins, foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

Bee on goldenrod | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement #bee

*Buzz* over to visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Pam at Everyday Living

Our sweet friend Shirley at Housepitality Designs is taking a break. Please send some love and prayers her way. ♥

Fall vignette and arrangement with pumpkins, foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”

~ Jim Bishop

Fall vignette and arrangement with pumpkins, foliage, berries, pods and bird nest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #arrangement

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  40 comments for “Fall Arrangement with Foliage + Monday Morning Blooms

  1. Sandi Lee
    October 7, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Fabulous. Love those pods!

  2. Lee Harney
    October 7, 2019 at 7:10 am


  3. Bonnie Morgan
    October 7, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Mary, you hit gold with your Chinese Chestnut pods! They are delightful and add that “je ne sais quoi “to your arrangement. Your choice of a container and adding goldenrods, maiden grasses, crepe myrtle berries, Golden Euonymus which were free for the clipping was a great idea. Adding the pretty bird’s nest was perfect. I love the color of the eggs. I wonder what kind they are.
    The warty and striped pumpkins along with a plaid throw with real fall maple leaves speak autumn so beautifully! And… I loved the Autumn quote!
    Have a delightful day! 🍁🍂🍁

  4. October 7, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Mary, isn’t it amazing what you can find that is free for the taking? I love your arrangement in the beautiful bird relief vase, it definitely speaks of autumn. The Chinese chestnut pods provided the perfect texture to add and what a find those were. Goldenrods are all over our acres, some places require my hubby and the Arctic Cat. Goldenrods used to be our state flower, it is literally growing everywhere.

    I am so thankful for the break in temps. It is such a pleasure sharing MMB’s with you ❤️

  5. Theresa R Keller
    October 7, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful arrangement and i love your container too! Thank you and have a nice week with the cooler weather around us :)

  6. Kate
    October 7, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Are you sure you never worked as a florist — you do amazing flower arranging. I love your pumpkins too by they way! Thank you for sharing another work of art!

  7. October 7, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Stunning bouquet! I love those chestnuts. Such a beautiful combination! Happy fall!

  8. Gail
    October 7, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Everytime I comment, I say “this one is my favorite”. I love the organic-ness of it
    Thanks for crepe myrtle idea

  9. October 7, 2019 at 8:22 am

    I loved seeing your arrangement from foraging your garden, Mary. Aren’t those prickly pods interesting? Thank you for the tips of using the veggie peeler on woody stems, and giving a spritz of hairspray to help with shedding. Your grapevine wreath enhances the whole arrangement by taking it to the next level of beauty. Happy week ahead of lower temperatures! 🍁❤️🍂

  10. Cyndi Raines
    October 7, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Altogether lovely! What an awesome arrangement and the best part is all free gifts from Mother Nature. LOVE that urn and the special quote too. Hope it stays cooler for you.🍊🍂

  11. Clara
    October 7, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Beautiful arrangement Mary! The pods are perfect! We got relief from the heat & last evening it started raining & is still doing so! I am so happy & thankful. First good rain we’ve had since Aug 28. We had a shower in Sept but it was quick; this is heavenly! Hope it’s on its way to you. Have a great day! Clara♥️

  12. October 7, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Mary, this arrangement is just gorgeous! Worthy of any grand hotel lobby, the textures and colors are sublime. In many ways, this was the most fun MMB ever, wasn’t it? It proves that it doesn’t take a garden filled with flowers or spending lots of money to create beauty with nature’s gifts. Those pods were certainly a find, and the grasses and goldenrod are perfect. I’m so grateful the weather is giving you a small break, and am praying fall temperatures will come! It’s such a joy to share our Monday Morning Blooms with you dear friend. Xo Lidy

  13. Diane Semper
    October 7, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Absolutely stunning!!🤗

  14. Kathy Menold
    October 7, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Your use of natural items from your yard is an inspiration for my luncheon I am having this week. I even have a old quilt to use on the picnic table where we will eat. I have a couple of beauty berry bushes and I highly recommend them even if just for the birds who live the berries. Enjoy this cooler weather. Going to the mountains tomorrow to take a foliage viewing train ride. Hope they have some color up there.

  15. Rita C.
    October 7, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Mary, I LOVE the natural textures and subdued color of your fall arrangement. We have those chestnut trees in our area too, and I always loved collecting them and just placing them in a bowl (they do dry and shrivel rather quickly). Temps are down here today too, and in the foreseeable future. Yay!

  16. Gail G Stephens
    October 7, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I’m inspired. I have the crepe myrtle pods and need to trim them off so now I have a use for them. Will add some Limelight hydrangeas(I planted them because you told me to). Them see what i can find. I need to research the goldenrod VS ragweed.

  17. October 7, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I have never seen those chesnut pods, they are great! Your arrangement is beautiful, you could have been a florist too!!!! The colors are so pretty and I love your warty pumpkins, you inspired me years ago to get some so do every year now. Have a beautiful day!!! Joe and I are cleaning up bushes etc. today. Can’t wait!!! Things are overgrown!

  18. Jane
    October 7, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Thank you! How beautiful!

  19. Debbie
    October 7, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Gorgeous arrangement. Thanks for inspiring me. So glad you finally got some relief from the heat. We are expecting a hard freeze this week. So guess I had better get busy with Fall clean up. Give the girls a hug and a kiss from me.

  20. October 7, 2019 at 10:36 am

    What a fun challenge for Monday Morning Blooms, gathering everything from your yard and garden! Love the prickly pods you found, so much interest and texture! Of course your beloved bees hopped into the shot for a little more fun!
    I appreciate the tip about peeling the ends of the branches and of course the pile of warty pumpkins, Indian corn and the bird’s nest are fantastic touches. Stunning Mary!

  21. Donna B Oliphint
    October 7, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I thought those were Chinese chestnut pods when I saw them. My family used to have one of the trees in our back yard when I was growing up. The chestnuts from that tree were the best I’ve ever eaten. Beautiful arrangement!

  22. Shirley Graham
    October 7, 2019 at 11:55 am

    These are all lovely!! Have missed some of your blogs so am catching up & your arrangements are so great!! Enjoy them so much.

  23. October 7, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Those pods are wonderful!

  24. Kim in NC
    October 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    As a fellow North Carolinian, I breathed a sigh of relief when our cooler temperatures arrived. Finally it is feeling like fall. I just love the beautiful arrangement you created with your foraging cuttings. The bird urn is fabulous and so are the Chinese chestnut pods. Such an interesting mix of fall colors and textures. We took a walk through the woods yesterday just to see what berries or flowers we might see. I must admit I would never have thought to create such a lovely arrangement with the goldenrod we saw. You have opened my eyes to new possibilities and for that I thank you. Also appreciate all of the great tips for arranging.

  25. Laurie
    October 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    This is Fall glorious!!! Thank you for your detailed instructions, you’ve inspired me once again 🎃🍁🍂

  26. Sandi Lee
    October 7, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Forgot to check notify me of new comments. Trying to find out where to get the copper cups.

    • October 7, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Sandi, I’ve seen Copper Moscow Mule Mugs available at Target, Walmart, HomeGoods and on Amazon.

  27. Joan
    October 7, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Lovely as usual Mary.

  28. Marilyn
    October 7, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Mary I love your flowers and pumpkins . So Fall like.

  29. Marion
    October 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    The Fall arrangement is very pretty. I love the nest with the eggs .

  30. barbaramantelandtablecom
    October 7, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Gorgeous arrangement Mary – I love the height and shape! Thanks for another stunning inspiration!

  31. Carol Thompson
    October 7, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, so very gorgeous. You all have inspired me look outside and all around me for organic inspiration.

  32. October 7, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Mary, I love your arrangements, and this natural one is gorgeous. I’m patiently waiting for my giant sedum to turn a bit more burgundy—and then i will do chestnut leaves, sedum, lemon grass and who knows what else, is around…Definitely worthy of an entire post!!!!

  33. Amy Kaminski
    October 7, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    This is soooo pretty. I’m going to see what I can put together tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. October 8, 2019 at 1:53 am

    The Chestnut Pods are fabulous and add a beautiful addition to your lovely arrangement! I always like your tips! I learn something new every time!

  35. Alice Genzlinget
    October 8, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Wow, it deserves a front placement at the Plaza.

  36. Darlene Gardner
    October 8, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Mary, this is gorgeous! And free for the taking using what nature has provided. Thanks for the hairspray tip. That will definitely come in useful in the future.

  37. Ellen
    October 9, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Beautiful Fall arrangements as usual!! Cooler tempts are here and even cooler is on the way!! Outdoor fire is for sure…this weekend!! ENJOY!!

  38. October 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I so love seeing Goldenrod by the side of the roads this time of year. You certainly have wonderful foliage to gather from your gardens to create a most beautiful fall arrangement. I can just imagine how beautiful the banks of your lake are with the beauty of the fall foliage and also how gorgeously they reflect on the water. Happy Fall Mary! Missing my MMB friends!!

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