Savor the Changing Season with the Cornucopia of Blooms That Beckon Our Creativity

Kathleen Geherin arranges some florals she found at the farmers market, including zinnias and sunflowers.

It’s August, and it’s time once again to start thinking about the calendar and all the scheduling it encompasses.  It’s also a time when our gardens are inviting us to step back and savor their bounty of overflowing, beautiful, full blooms.  Before you tackle the new calendar, capture the end of the season and find refuge in creating a special floral arrangement that emanates late summer. If you don’t have a garden to step into, enjoy the season’s abundance offered by our local farmer’s markets, grocery stores and, of course, specialty floral shops.  

When I think of August arrangements, I envision the warmer, jeweled-toned blooms, such as burnt orange sunflowers, deep gold zinnias and rich red dahlias, which are simply stunning and gesture autumn’s arrival.

Whatever selections you chose, remember there is no formality to the art of arranging.  Keep it simple, and let the flowers bloom in a beautiful vase.   Have fun working with different vases/containers, depending on the space and gathering.  It’s impactful to consider multiple containers (think odd numbers).  For example, consider using three Mason jars or five small fish bowls down the center of your table.  Another impactful idea is to create monochromatic arrangements, using a variety of flowers drawn together in a common palette.
 
Flowers seem to have a language of their own, and it’s always comforting to enjoy their message.  Whether an arrangement of fragrant roses sharing one’s love or sympathy, a bright bouquet of tulips expressing renewal or a variety of sunflowers, zinnias and dahlias nodding summer’s end, take comfort in the simplicity of arranging blooms that speak to you.

Fresh flower arrangements add an exceptionally inviting welcome to our homes and spaces.  Moreover, a fresh flower arrangement exudes thoughtfulness.  Share an arrangement with someone who might need a fragrant breath of simple joy.  It’s time to savor our changing seasons and the cornucopia of blooms that are beckoning our creativity.

A few simple steps to ensure freshness and longevity of your arrangements:
Fill vase with fresh, warm tap water.
Add floral food to the water.
Discard any brown or dry leaves along the stems.
Use a finishing spray, such as FloraLife,
to assist with hydration and protection.