No matter what the season, I like to walk through the garden looking for something to cut and arrange indoors. At first glance in late fall, it may seem like there is little available to arrange. With a little imagination and an open mind, I spot some interesting foliage of potted silver Rex begonias that I really should be bringing indoors before the first frost. It would be interesting in an arrangement. I am planning on using a birch bark vase and the silver patterning in the leaves will complement the silver of the bark while the burgundy veining and undercolor will bring a fall element to the arrangement. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ still growing in wild abandon with its purple orbs would look great with the begonia foliage, so I cut a big bunch.
Thinking of how tight and compact these flowers will look in a bouquet, I search for a trailing vine to soften the look. I decide to cut some varigated purple persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ which just happens to be blooming with a delicate spray of white flowers, another great complement to the birch.
I arranged the trio in a beautiful birch bark-covered galvenized tin vase from Save-on -Crafts online.( http://www.save-on-crafts.com/birchvases1.html) A glass vase hides inside the bark vase and a collar of moss held on by duct tape gives a finished look to the top of the vase. Voilà: a naturally beautiful arrangement, a late gift from the fall garden.
“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables