Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus
I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
The fall has been a busy one, with big changes in my personal life, a scary family illness, my very first independent floral job, and competing at a national sporting event. I’ve also been working with Peicha of falls flowers on the weekends, helping her do wedding designs, and it’s really been very eye-opening and fun.
This particular wedding reception was in a bride’s home, which made it very special. Here bride Gillian is holding her bouquet. She was calm and happy, and totally stunning!
I had the most excellent time creating a garland for the railing in the foyer using a multitude of beautiful materials, like amaranth, dahlia, eryngium, roses, hydrangea, kiwi vine, and more. They are little bowers or bundles of flowers that I wired together, then attached to the leaf garland which we wound with large ribbon.
Check out the falls flower blog post on this beautiful wedding! Somehow a picture of me doing disco got included. Cuz you should be having fun in life.
I’ve also been back at Longwood Gardens, taking floral design classes in order to complete my certificate. I was so excited to finally take a class from the impeccably organized Cres Motzi…this class was Creating a Statement – Grand Designs. In this class Cres really showed us some great ideas especially for how the mechanics of large arrangements work.
It’s great to create these large arrangements – but how on earth do you transport them? Cres had a good idea about using 2 milk crates, with the bottom cut out of one and then zip tied together to transport this big guy.
When it comes our turn to play, we are arranged in groups of 3 since there are 2 large designs to make. I was more than lucky to find myself alongside Melissa, a wonderful person I met back at Lilies and Lavender. This year is a very exciting one for her as she creates a floral business at her home. More developments on this to come, because obviously we get along really well.
Okay, so the Grand design we created had an intended recipient – my dad at the hospital. He was having issues with his innards and would require surgery a few days later. But after really looking at the above design I felt that it was too funereal. So, I ripped it apart, and using other materials both from the garden and from the extra flowers we got at class, I created this little fall basket full of love. I wasn’t able to snap a great picture of it, too much in a hurry to see my dad.
After he recovered and was on his way out of the hospital, I was glad to hear that he gave the basket to his excellent team of nurses as a thank you! (Next, I created floral awards for a sporting ceremony…that need to be blogged in their own separate post coming right up.)
Through all of the craziness of moving, worrying about my dad, driving all over tarnation, flowers have kept me sane. I believe that creating/designing with flowers is part of my recipe for personal success. I am somewhere between avocation and vocation…where will this path lead?
“It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.” – John Steinbeck
Clearly, the path leads to greatness, Ann.
Walt, thank you for your words of encouragement!!!
Gorgeous! I am in love with that wreath and have put that on my list of things to learn.
I’m sure that you are headed for great things.