look and you will be rewarded
If you look carefully at your landscape, you'll see that Fall is a fabulous time to create a beautiful arrangement. In addition to the unique colors of the foliage and flowers, you will also find beautiful berries. Everything you see here came from my garden: yellow Chrysanthemum, little yellow broccoli flowers, broccoli seed pods, Callicarpa (purple berries), Bittersweet (yellow and orange berries), Calendula (orange daisy-like flowers), anemone seed pods (round green seed pods), and Rumex Sanguineus (green leaves with red veins).
combining your treasures
The cheerful bright color of the yellow Chrysanthemum caught my eye. I decided that they will be the focal point of my arrangement. Having decided that the big yellow flowers would be my focal point and anchor for my arrangement, I went in search of supporting flora with the same color scheme and hues: light yellow and orange. Because orange is such an Autumn color, it's important to have lots of that color in the arrangement. Once the color scheme is selected, the next important step is to add a few strokes of another color that is eye-catching and is in stark contrast with the main color scheme. Here, I chose purple. The wonderful and unusual color of the Callicarpa is perfect for several reasons: it has stunning deep purple berries that will definitely jump out, and its branches are graceful, whimsical and free form. These berries provide a sharp contrast to the Chrysanthemum not only in color, but also in structure. Unlike the randomness of the Callicarpa strands, the Chrysanthemum has petals that carefully and systematically unfold as the flowers open. Which brings me to the next design suggestion: a complex arrangement should have not only multiple colors (at least 3), but it should also have flora of varying shapes, textures, and sizes. Whimsical branches, such as those of the Callicarpa and Bittersweet, add airiness to the arrangement, while the structured petals of the Chrysanthemum provide stability to the arrangement. The little yellow broccoli flowers and broccoli seed pods help soften the contrast between the Callicarpa/Bittersweet and the Chrysanthemum. Balance is key in creating a harmonious arrangement.
now go outside and have fun!
Venture out into your garden and you will be rewarded with something beautiful. Alternatively, you can collect whatever flora you may have in your garden and then visit a local florist for whatever else you need. If you live in the Washington Metropolitan area, be sure to visit Company Flowers (2107 N Pollard St., Arlington, VA 22207; 703-525-3062). Marnie Nicholson keeps an amazing selection of flowers, berries, seed pods, leaves, and branches. Jane and Betty, two of the designers, can help you with your selection. Tell Marnie, Jane, and Betty I sent you.
enjoy the beauty that Autumn has to offer,
1. To maximize the life of your arrangement, you should follow a few simple, but important care tips:
2. I grew broccoli this Spring. We ate some and left about three stalks to flower and seed. Broccoli flowers and seed pods are fabulously charming in the Autumn landscape and they can tolerate the Autumn chill quite well.