Last year's quick blog on my "autumn equinox bouquet" consistently ranked as one of the popular posts of 2010. ( Click on the link to read the back story). This year I wasn't home for most of September and spent most of October catching up with my shadow. So here in November, the month of no, as in no more garden, I managed to eke out a "Better Late Than Never Bouquet".
These remaining days of cool autumn sun afforded me a pleasant trip around the garden gathering bits of foliage, pods, seed heads and such, enough to cobble together a decent ode to fall.
More somber in color than my traditional end of the season arrangements, I kinda like the deep purple tones and feathery shapes. it didn't photograph as well as last year's, but believe me is just as beautiful.
For some of you it may be too late to assemble a similar bouquet, but for many of you, the makings are just now taking on that mellow mood of autumn.
This year's ingredients:
- Siberian Kale leaves
- Chokeberry branches
- Sedum "Autumn Joy" flowers
- Hydrangea "Annabelle" dried blossoms
- Rudbeckia "Goldsturm" seed heads
- Baptisia seed pods
- Elderberry stems minus the berries (cool purple spidery shapes)
- Daphne foliage
- Pine sprigs
- Oregano stems
- Feather Reed Grass "Karl Foerster" grass
I was tempted to include fennel seed clusters, the licorice-scent was wafting through the air as I clipped branches, but I try to avoid seed pods that will shatter and make a mess. Instead Greek oregano gave this a distinct spicy scent. What a nice sight every time I come in the back door.
Imagine what you can find in your own garden!