Sunday, November 17, 2013

Seasonal Foliage, Seeds, and Berries Arrangement

 I'm pleased that despite a stack of marking I brought home Thursday and have to return to students on Monday, I managed to get a great run in yesterday AND today, I got out in some beautiful fall weather to put together my favourite seasonal arrangements. I've been doing this sporadically for over 35 years, ever since I saw the idea in one of those women's magazines I used to pick up with the groceries when my kids were small -- Woman's Day, Canadian Living. . . .crafts and recipes and a dollop of fashion and cultural literacy. . .
Some of the gleanings came from our own yard -- the blowdown greens from recent storms, some evergreen salal, seed-heads and pods and dried grasses. I wandered down the road with secateurs for the wild rose hips and the curled-up umbrels of Queen Anne's lace.
































This must be the earliest I've ever had these arrangements together -- generally, I fret through the end of November that I'm not going to manage to get it together, finally filling the urns some cold wet day in December. . . .Not this year!

As I pause to admire my Hinting-at-Christmas Fall arrangements, I'm also pausing to survey the week's posts, as is becoming my Sunday wont. . . .

Let's see now:
Tuesday, I shared the pleasures of a Nana's weekend, the delights of seeing the world through a 4-year old's eyes. . . .
Thursday, a What I Wore that focussed on coats -- 'cause 'tis the season!
and Friday, another Five Things. I must say I'm having fun putting these Friday posts together -- they really encourage me to look even more deeply at the wonders of the everyday.

And that everyday will now include passing these natural beauties . . . most of them aging, decaying, and yet beautiful, I think, in their palette, textures, and sculptural shapes.
























That something we usually dismiss, ignore, even discard or mow down can be assembled -- For Free! -- into something decorative pleases me immensely. Perhaps it might even serve as a reminder. . . .

8 comments:

  1. What a lovely reminder that the end of a season has as much beauty as the height of a season! Thanks for sharing...

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    1. You're welcome, Vivian -- I'm pleased you enjoyed the post.

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  2. The colours and textures of autumn are my favourite. Berries, seed pods and a few random branches can create such beauty.

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    1. They really can. I love the way the supposedly duller colours have their own beautiful, subtle range AND the way they provide such an effective background for the rich berry colours.

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  3. Lovely those airy, aging, autumnal bits and pieces you've pulled together into great arrangements. Structures of all kinds are more evident now in autumn. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. The structures really stand out now, don't they? And of course, that's all we'll have to sustain us through the winter. . . .so it's good that our eyes get trained, by autumn, to look closely . . .

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