With the arrival of the crisp fall air, I get an itch to decorate my home to match the changing season. I’m not one to spend a lot on or store big buckets of autumn décor, though. If you’re like me, you don’t have to miss out on the fall fun! Here are some simple, free ways that you can decorate your house to celebrate the arrival of autumn.
Cut Branches of Fall Leaves
Think of autumn, and your mind will almost immediately jump to beautifully colored leaves. The reds, oranges, and yellows already inspire so much of fall décor, so why not go straight to the source? Snip some branches and stick them in a vase. Easy-peasy.
Of course, if you’d like to prolong the life of those pretty leaves, there are some steps you can take to keep the branches alive as long as possible. I wrote about caring for blossoming branches last spring, and the same principles apply. Here’s the short version: cut the stem correctly, put the...
The growing season is ending, and that means you need to get your garden winter ready.
Fall means cooler temperatures and slowed growth. Cutting the last of my garden’s flowers and picking the final few raspberries is always bittersweet for me. I love the joy and love that the upcoming slate of holidays bring, but saying goodbye to the bounty of summer is difficult. What helps me is focusing on the plan ahead. This is a great time to get your garden in top shape for next year.
Here are the things I do at the end of the growing season:
Dry Flowers and Herbs
This is a fantastic time to preserve and dry culinary herbs. Some of you have probably done this before! Did you know you can save some of your blooms, as well? As a florist, I strive to use locally grown flowers, and winter obviously puts a damper on this. One way I get around this is by using dried flowers. Now is the time to snip those fading hydrangeas and sprigs of floral oregano. Remember: you can get a floral drying...
Today I had to share some of my favorite fall treats, especially a very special cookie recipe.
School is back in session for most people now, whatever that might look like. (I’m trying not to cry too much! I’m sure you can relate.) Even if we haven’t reached the official start of autumn, going back to school always puts my mind into fall mode. More than any other season change, moving into autumn makes me think about food and really puts me in the baking mood. That’s why I included the amazing apple pie recipe from Rue Cler and the cute little tart ring in the Autumn Flora Fun Box! Nothing says favorite fall treats like apples.
But don’t worry if you didn’t get an Autumn Box! There’s still time to order one for you or a loved one. Hurry, though! They’re going away after October 31. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun. Click here to buy the Autumn Box.
Now back to business! If you follow @florafunbox...
It's nearly fall, and that means it's time to talk about some amazing autumn flowers that you can arrange with right now.
I love welcoming a new season, and fall is no exception. Here in the Pacific Northwest the days are getting shorter, a lovely mist sits low on the streets in the mornings, and gardens are giving up the last of their summer produce. I'm dusting off my pumpkin recipes and airing out my sweaters. This time of year is just so fresh and cool, and plays with all of your senses!
Being a florist, you may think spring would be my favorite season, but you’d be wrong. Don't get me wrong: I love anemones and quince, and you can check out more of my favorite spring blooms here. But I will always choose autumn flowers over spring ones. There are just so many awesome autumnal flowers for floral arranging! Quite a few in fact! So if you’re looking to put something together that plays with the seasonality of autumn, here are my...
Do you cringe a little when you think of dried flowers? Can't imagine how dried florals could possibly look modern and trendy? I had similar thoughts for a long time. Let's backup, way up.
When I was little, before even kindergarten, my mom would take me with her about once a month to visit with some of the older widows in our neighborhood. In retrospect, I'm very glad that my mother was able to foster these relationships, and I'm glad that I got to know these women I might not have interacted with much otherwise. But as a kid, sometimes it was tough. Many of you probably have similar experiences from a grandma's house or great-aunt Dottie's: adults talking while you tried to entertain yourself without bumping into tables full of breakables or snagging a doily.
And, of course, dried flowers.
They seemed to be everywhere, in vases in the living room or little wreaths above the toilet. I only saw dried florals in these older women's homes, and my little...
Are you ready for a sneak peek of our Flora Fun Autumn Box? As usual, we've got lots of seasonal, curated fun in store for your subscription.
It’s the dog days of summer right now, but soon those temps will fall, the leaves will start to yellow, and we’ll be pulling sweaters out of storage. Autumn is nearly here, and there’s no better way to celebrate the changing seasons than by reveling in the harvest. In our Flora Fun Autumn Box, we’ll do just that, with arranging videos featuring my favorite late blooms, dahlias, the tools you need to dry flowers, and amazing apple fun in pastry form.
Here’s your sneak peek at all the goodies you’ll get with your Autumn Box subscription!
Baking and floristry? On the surface they may not sound similar, but over the years I've found some big similarities that have kept me coming back to both.
My family loves The Great British Baking Show. It encompasses so many incredible things: cooking, creativity, helping one another, and just straight up fun. Like many of you, when I see those delicious creations, I get the baking bug and my hosting instincts go into overdrive. Making something beautiful and tasty is very fulfilling, especially when you get to share it with those you love. During this Covid shutdown, it’s not surprising that so many people have turned to baking as an outlet.
Finding overlap between creative endeavors is fairly easy, but I’ve been amazed by how many similarities baking and floral arranging hold. These two facets of my life share many characteristics, and I find that comparing the two helps make obvious the keys to success needed for both. ...
Mulch is seriously the secret hero of garden care.
I just finished adding three cubic yards of mulch to my front yard garden beds. It was quite the project, shoveling and spreading, but it is always worth it in the end thanks to just how beneficial it is to my plants. (Take a peek at my garden here.) Mulch is absolutely amazing! Even just one of its benefits would make the hard work worth it, but it has a whole bundle of advantages. If you’re not using mulch in for your garden care, you should seriously consider it. Here’s why.
Keep Weeds Back
This is one of my top reasons for adding mulch to my yard. Here in the milder Pacific Northwest, plants grow like crazy. It often rains, and it doesn’t get too hot. That means weeds get out of control very quickly. I weed my beds before adding mulch, and while this doesn’t stop the weeds completely, it does stunt their growth and make it much easier to keep up on weeding. Some people will even add...
Intimate table design during Covid-19? No, I'm not off my rocker! I promise. You can create a beautiful and safe table design for your socially distanced get together!
This summer, your hosting plans have no doubt been altered from years past thanks to Covid-19. Here in Washington state, we’ve only recently received the green light to have very small gatherings, preferably outside and with lots of distance. Hosting is kind of my thing, so this was great news for me! And I always love a challenge: how to design intimate, safe table décor.
Traditional, close-quarters table designs are not the best choice during a pandemic, for obvious reasons. So how could I create a cohesive atmosphere that could be spread out a little more? The answer, luckily, was very obvious to me, because it involves something I fell in love with long ago, and something that is perfectly suited for a summer patio dinner.
I first encountered bud vases while...
Summer is in full bloom right now, and it's the perfect time to talk about some of my favorite flowers of the season for floral arrangements. When you think summer flowers, many people’s thoughts turn to hydrangeas, roses, or sunflowers. But while I do love those classic blooms, my favorites for arrangements might just surprise you.
Before we dive in, you might want to check out our recent blog post about tips for cutting flowers out of your garden. I know everyone's yards in my neighborhood are bursting with color and run right now, so you've probably got something pretty right in your own garden that you can use for arranging.
Now back to business! Here are my top five that made the cut:
Dahlias: the showstopper
I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, where dahlias are a bit fussy to grow. It’s possible, but you have to treat them as an annual or dig them up at the end of the season and store the tubers over winter, without letting them dry out....