“Yet when the Autumn sun
Colours the trees,
Should you come seeking me,
Know me by these:
Bronze leaves and crimson leaves,
Soon to be shed;
Dark little berries,
On stalks turn red”.
Extract from the poem ‘The Song of the Dogwood Fairy’
A little bubble of excitement welled inside me last week, when I read the local Daffodil Committee would soon be selling bulbs outside the town’s main grocery store for their annual fundraising drive. It also happened that around this time I started noticing there were a lot more oak leaves scattered around the playground, and it was getting darker earlier in the mornings.
After a scorching hot summer, it is a relief to start sensing the subtle changes that signify Autumn is on its way. And as florists, it is always a special moment when you open a box of flowers freshly arrived from market, and discover bunches of new-season blooms to play with. It’s like catching up again with an old friend you haven’t seen for the last year.
FALL INTO AUTUMN
We’re beginning to see a flush of Autumn flowers arrive into our floral workrooms. Over the coming month expect to see seasonal posies, bouquets and flower arrangements take on the look of ‘Fall’, with textural combinations in warm, rich tones such as pomegranate, crimson, gold, amber, chocolate, apricot and cream. ‘Fall into Autumn’ and read on for some of our favourite Autumn inspirations…
TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS
There is no denying tulips would have to be one of our number one best sellers during the cooler months. And for good reason, they are gorgeous! Tulips speak for themselves and look beautiful en-masse. To honour your tulips make sure to use a vase that brings out their best. For tips on flower arranging, take a look at our last post, ‘The Six ‘Must Have’ Vases’.
MOTHER’S DAY ‘MUMS’
The humble mum, or ‘chrysanthemum’ are in abundance in Autumn, particularly around Mothers Day. We love their happy, fluffy balls of petals, ranging from reds to warm purples, yellows and even bronze. They are also long lasting and great value for money!
BRAMBLES, BRANCHES, BERRIES & BELLADONNAS
With the onset of Autumn comes the classic beauty of sculptural branches, berries and dainty pink and white belladonna (naked lady) lilies. A simple vase filled with branches of gold and crimson foliage, strawberry leaves turning from green to amber, rose hips and raspberries, add texture and rich colour to bouquets and floral arrangements. It’s all about oak, pomegranate and dogwood branches, crabapple and the soft, sweet perfume of belladonna lilies – oh, so divine!
To make the most of all Autumn has to offer, consider our ‘Florist Choice Designer Posy’ available via our online flower shop. This seasonal posy is a unique design created on the day by our florist team, using the most beautiful in-season blooms.