I bought a few pumpkins and thought about decorating one with succulents as I did last year but I foolishly left the big one outside, where the squirrels took responsibility for carving it. I was unable to find inspiration in the dead foliage left by last week's heatwave either so I kept things simple and created a vase using warm, autumn-hued flowers and berries.
|To give the vase a little something different, I added a large succulent rosette front and center, anchoring the heavy cutting above water level using a wire "stem"|
|I used just 4 elements: (top row) Grevillea 'Superb' and (bottom row, left to right) Correa 'Wyn's Wonder', Graptoveria 'Fred Ives', and Nandina domestica|
I made up a second arrangement for the front entryway using Camellia sasanqua flowers. Even though these plants are cozied up against the house on the north side, they surprised me by producing flowers during a week that delivered temperatures of 100F with humidity below 10%.
|All the Camellia blooms had ants, which I don't remember being an issue in prior years. I had the devil of a time getting rid of them before I put together my vase.|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: noID Camellia sasanqua, Abelia 'Edward Goucher', Lotus jacobaeus, Alternanthera 'Little Ruby', and weed-like Helichrysum petiolare 'Silver Mist'|
|Even with the addition of dark elements in the form of the Lotus and Alternanthera stems, I can't claim the vase says "Halloween"|
The autumn-toned arrangement landed on the dining table with the still intact mini-pumpkins.
I didn't entirely give up on Halloween decorations, though.
I hope your Halloween is a pleasant one, whether you're observing the event or not. For more vases, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
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