Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn posy







Fall is definitely, gloriously here. The nights are cold now, the daytime sun is lower in the sky. It's only a matter of time before the furnace switches on, warming us in our beds some early, frosty morning in the near future. Afghans are back on the beds, I'm wearing slippers at home (there's a lot of chilly tile in our house). I wore a cardigan to go shopping yesterday morning and bought myself a cup of coffee, partly for the hand-warming.

Our yard is changing quickly. I haven't had a really nice rose in weeks; they're small and tightly furled, as if guarding themselves from the nip in the air. Russian sage is still doing well, at its most beautiful in fall, I think. The color deepens and the flower petals seem more prominent. But the yarrow is dry and crispy-brown now, the yucca flowers are spent. There's still plenty of color out there, though; Jupiter's beard is having a second wind after a dormant period in high summer, my mums are blooming prolifically and berries are ripening all over the yard.

I love making seasonal posies but they're more challenging in fall and winter. I enjoy the creative endeavor of it: bringing together the blooms and growth of the season and making it pretty and interesting. Half the fun for me is in the artful arranging; choose a vessel, create a shape, find the right angle for display (everything I know on this subject, I learned from Ina Garten). But I also love that I can make a posy for free, from things growing right out there in my yard. There's a time for store-bought flowers (I'm a total sucker for cheap bunches of hot pink or lipstick-red tulips in late winter), but when I can, I like to gather what's in season right outside my kitchen door.

My autumn posy brings together the last flowers in the yard - our late-bloomers and our three-season workhorses - with the berries that slowly ripen and brighten from summer into early wintertime. The colors faded quickly after I made the posy; they were at their brightest and freshest right after they were clipped, when I took these photos. Within a day, they darkened. I took the photos on a stormy afternoon, when the wind was whistling across the roof and fat raindrops were splashing east-facing windows. I was wearing a light sweater (and my slippers). I arranged my flowers and berries in a cheerful ceramic jug, savoring one of my last posies before the brown desert winter.

My posy includes (clockwise from top left in collage photo): 1. Russian sage; 2. Pyracantha berries and leaves; 3. Yellow chrysanthemums; 4. Burgundy chrysanthemums; 5. Nandina berries and leaves; 6. White chrysanthemums; 7. Jupiter's beard (red valerian).

46 comments:

  1. A truly beautiful posy and such a delight that it all came out of your own garden.

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  2. Amazing that you still have such gorgeous flowers blooming in your garden at this time of year ! I'm jealous :-) !

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  3. The colours of berries are gorgeous aren't they? I intend having more berry-bearing shrubs next year. I'm picking dahlias and nigella, there are marigolds and cranesbill too, a tempting mix of orange and pink! And like you, I can't resist brightly coloured tulips! I try to buy British grown flowers, but it's not always possible for reasons mainly of availability where I live. But I love having fresh flowers so much, that whilst some people I know are sniffy about 'supermarket' bunches of flowers, I am not that picky. As long as it will last four or five days, is cheap and cheerful, bright and colourful, that'll do me!

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  4. It is so beautiful, enjoy!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. It's a very beautiful posy indeed. I love the pinks and oranges together, and how great to have all this still growing in your garden! x

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  7. Dear Thislebear, It seems winter is coming soon. In our region the weather is stil nice. Sunny days and whilst working in the garden, sweat on my back. I am glad for that, I have to plant many many many bulbs! Groetjes from Holland,

    Hetty

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  8. Those berries in particular are lovely!

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  9. Gorgeous! I especially love those orange berries. This inspires me to want to clip down some holly berries, although that might be a bit too wintery for mid-October...

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  10. Your posy is so lovely. A wonderful way to celebrate Autumn. Sarah x

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  11. Hey Jennifer,
    you have inspired me to get out into my garden and cut the last of the flowers for my own posy. The rain and wind means that they will not last much longer anyway. I'm rather taken with the spotty jug too.
    Leanne xx

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  12. I love the posy - and I love the spotty jug too! :o)

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  13. The delights of autumn in a posy display. Beautiful x

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  14. What a lovely selection, I agree with Anne, I love the jug too x

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  15. I've so missed your beautiful happy blog! What a lovely colourful post x

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  16. Absolutely beautiful flowers, and a lovely green jug. Your autumn flowers are looking wonderful. It's all a bit sodden here, I'm trying to adapt to autumn. Thank you for showing me one of the positive things about the season. CJ xx

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  17. What a beautiful autumn posy - the colors are amazing. Everything here is all dried up already.

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  18. Such a beautiful fall posy! I love the cheerful jug. We are just beginning to experience some real fall weather this week, and I am loving it. I adore the cool nights and mornings, and warm, sunny afternoons. I've also noticed that the leaves are beginning to turn red, gold, and orange. I love this time of year!

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  19. That first photo knocked the socks off of me! Love the orange berries and the pink flowers! Wow! I need to go get some berries from my Hawthorne tree and check for berries on my Nandina bush!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  20. What amazing, magnificent colors, and what a perfect arrangement. I love the green of the pitcher too! :)

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  21. Beautiful colors Jennifer!! It's exciting to prepare a posy from your own garden. My Chrysanthemum begins to bloom now :))))) Hugs

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  22. OOOh such beautiful pictures ! thanks for sharing them with us ! Have a nice day !

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  23. Pretty pretty :)
    I suspect brown desert winters are about as cheerful as grey British ones!
    Jillxx

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  24. Beautiful. I love that you've included berries in your posy, they truly do speak of autumn.

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  25. I'm a bit behind on my blog reading due to a Canadian holiday and guests over the weekend. I love your flower arrangement! And I know what you mean about fall and Russian sage. It seems like it just keeps going and going and going. We had a number of Russian sage plants when we lived in Kamloops.

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  26. It's a beautiful posy Jennifer, I love the mixture of flowers and berries. I've never heard red valerian called Jupiter's beard before, what fun. Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane x

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  27. Such a gorgeous posy, and I love the colour of the jug you chose to put those pretty blooms and berries in! Wishing you happy cosy days this autumn, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  28. Your fall table arrangement is just beautiful. I love your idea of taking what is available outdoors to make something beautiful and seasonal indoors. I might just have to take your idea and run with it ;)
    I love the fall and all the different colors that are showing up everywhere here in the US. Its a rather grey, black and brown pallet in Iceland at this time.

    Thanks for your well wishes of our move. The area we are in is very nice and I´m sure we will get use to it quickly and feel right at home.

    Birgitta xx

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  29. Gosh, it's exquisite! Enjoy Autumn. It's such a glorious season! x

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  30. oh those are beautiful. most things in my garden are looking horribly soggy.......

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  31. Such a pretty posy, loving the the berries
    Clare xx

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  32. Jen, such beautiful posies going on here! Your photography is brilliant! Truly! xoxo Jen

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  33. Oh I love that posie truly beautiful ♥

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  34. I think you rised admirably to the challenge, your posy is beautiful! x

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  35. It's a beautiful autumn posy and how lovely that all the flowers and berries were from your garden! You're so lucky. x

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  36. I love the way you have laided them out on the white cloth it looks like a beautiful embroidered linen cloth.

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  37. Wonderful! Your autumn posy is lovely!
    Gill xx

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  39. That's a beautiful arrangement you have there. I love that you're able to cut that from your own garden - I should really rescue the last of the flowers from ours...we're due strong winds from tomorrow so they'll be blown away.

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  40. Sooooo pretty, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing. I just have one geranium blossom left outside, but my Christmas cactus is blooming and I have some new wheatgrass sprouting inside :-) xx

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  41. Oh my, sooo gorgeous and I am really enjoying how you incorporated the use of berries into your posy.

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