Thursday, November 10, 2016

Some Fall Color to Brighten the Drab Days

A few weeks ago while I was taking apart planters and potting up begonias to bring inside, it occurred to me that there was no reason to let all of the wonderful coleus that were still thriving on my friend's deck fall victim to frost (and it looks like Friday night is our first good chance). So a few snips here and a few snips there and I had enough for two autumnal arrangements.

Coleus will last a long time in a "floral" arrangement, and sometimes will root in the water. I think they look beautiful on their own, mixing the varieties for contrast and texture. Very little arranging is needed, just make sure you strip off any leaves that will be below the water line. These have been in place for almost two weeks now and they look like I just cut them yesterday.

Remember, if you can, to do a quick water change at least every other day. That's true for any floral arrangement.
The chartreuse and rust colors look great in my Kyoto Green bathroom.



A lustreware creamer is the perfect container for a small arrangement on the kitchen island. All of the yellow ware bowls have come out of hiding for the season. This picture reminds me to check my spices as baking season really starts to ramp up.