We had a few flowers blooming until one night last week when we had a hard freeze. You’ll see that some flowers uncharacteristically grew from seed during fall rather than spring.
The Cleome didn’t grow in this area as usual this past spring and summer. A few weeks ago, even with cool night temperatures, the seeds germinated and sprouted up into a deeper purple than the normal summer blooms.
Bachelor buttons livened up the gardens. You cannot beat these hardy bloomers!
It’s normal for the Camellia to bloom during November or December, and this year was no disappointment.
The blooms covered this bush a couple of weeks ago, and I saw buds ready for continued blooming.
But, to my surprise, the buds didn’t open. It was a short bloom for this Camellia. I wonder if we’ll see another bloom sometime this winter.
French Tarragon gives us nice blooms every fall. It grows so thick and tall during summer that it gets leggy during fall.
Our extension service and Master Gardeners had a floral fundraiser recently. They served us a delicious dinner. Why didn’t I get a picture of that plate before digging in? Ha!
Lynette McDougald, floral designer for the University Florist at Mississippi State University, arranged stunning arrangements, gave us lots of tips, and shared her techniques. She used many flowers that grow naturally in our area, and she added a few others from her floral suppliers.
Mrs. McDougald designed with a fall theme, but some arrangements had colors for any season. How I wished you were there with me!
This bird cage arrangement was my favorite.
I sat too far away to take pictures as the designer stuck long branches into the base pointing out in all directions, then she gathered them together at the top, and I was amazed!
Then she stuck flowers, greenery, and gourds into the base to hide the floral foam.
I remembered collecting things from my yard in October when the summer season had ended and how amazed I was at the different things that brought beauty inside (WBW #33). I could have copied that bird cage arrangement!
This was another one I wanted to copy. Mrs. McDougald started with a long branch stuck into the largest pot. (Each flower pot had a separate container of water and foam inside since clay pots will leak water.)
I love the blue and yellow flowers on the back side of this one, although there wasn’t really a “back side”.
Cell phone pictures are never very good…flash washed out the blue.
I couldn’t stop taking pictures of this one!
Her arrangements were very dramatic!
This is another arrangement with a long, leafy branch. I like the sweeping motion of the branch. It’s not really moving, but the arch gives the arrangement movement. The flower colors are beautiful, too!
Here are all the others to enjoy as you scroll. (Enter soft music – ha!)
Did you see any ideas you’d like to use for your arrangements? Anything you’d like to copy?