Wednesday’s Flowers – Sunny Sunflowers on a Rainy Fall Like Day

September 7, 2011

Fall is here in a major way, kids are back to school, the weather is cold and rainy and I have been pulling sweaters out of the closets for days now.  I’m not ready for summer to be over, I’m not ready for cold feet, darker days and the on set of winter.  But since one cannot control Mother Nature I will just deal with it by wearing warmer clothing and unpacking the winter bed linens.  However, I’m not quite ready to give up summer flowers; I will seek them out for as long as I possibly can.

I was very happy to have found some beautiful sunflowers at a local grocery store for $5.00 for 5 stems today.  The bright yellow on a grey, cold day is just perfect! So a bunch came home with me.

While out in our sad little garden this past weekend I spied some fabulous seed heads on the two clematis vines growing up the fence and knew I needed to use them in an upcoming arrangement, so today was the day!  I also snipped a few bits and pieces off several plants that are waiting for a new home in the sad little garden.  I hope get started on the new garden in the next week or two but we have decided to rebuild our garden shed first, more on that later though.

A kind friend generously gave us the two sweet vintage glass vases, shown above, as a house warming gift and it was time to put them to use!  I love their pretty colours and their tiny size so I had to divide the bunch of sunflowers up to make two small arrangements instead of one large one.

Here is what I used in the pieces:

  • Sunflowers – Helianthus annuus
  • Heuchera micrantha ‘Palace Purple‘ (Coral Bell) Foliage
  • Variegated Reed Grass – Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’
  • Hosta foliage – Hosta
  • Clematis foliage and seed pods

Are you ready for fall?  Or still trying to hold onto summer for a bit longer as well?  I love fall but it seems to be starting very earlier here.  I am looking forward to the beautiful foliage colours it offers but I would love to see green for a little while longer!