Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Arrangement for Our Porch

Fall Arrangement for Our Porch

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend.
The weather was gorgeous here in Chicagoland and I was busy in the garden, attending a fab art show, my writer's group and the grand baby here all day on Sunday. 
Temperatures have dropped, but the pumpkins are still GREEN in the garden. 
This morning, I had to REDO my porch one more time.

In My last post I had begun to make Happy Fall on our front porch. 
There were a few places still waiting for some Fall action though. 

This hale bale just screamed---FALLIFY me. 
The lime dracena plant so much like too-green cornstalks. 
Behind a corner shelf is full of some house plants that will be back in the house soon. 
But, what to use, here?
Years ago before we had the patio furniture, I had a big round table 
staged in the corner every season, with a big arrangement or artifact display. 
So I went in search for my OLD antique gray graniteware coffeepot.


Then I remembered my Junkin' in Grannys' Garage post and the marvelous bucket of flowers
 I found to REDO with.
I have to confess, my original antique/craft shop had a garden theme. 
And everything was filled with flowers, greenery, fruits, vegetables, or some sort of rocks, moss or candles. I have tons of product left, as I closed rapidly before I could sell it all. 
Thinking I would do shows, I kept way too much.
So now, all I have to do is go to the basement and dig---and it's all there. 
(I have donated tons---though and only kept what I actually love.)

Here's the OLD Graniteware coffeepot filled with rustic wildflowers, grasses and thistles. 
I always use naturals mixed with silks to add a GREEN element.
Normally I would use five sunflowers as focal points, but that was just too much. 
So there are three dark purple Delphiniums, three Cattails, five of those burgundy thistle balls, 
five multi stems of brown-eyed Susans from a bush, the three Sunflowers, one triple stem of Queen Anne's Lace, half a gray bush of some sort of grain stem, 
and lots of naturals/grasses, twigs, zebra grass, curly ting-ting and more.

Here is how the arrangement looks in its designated corner. 
TIP:When doing arrangements for outside---avoid using
 any hand-wrapped berries or high-end flowers. 
Less expensive stems will hold up longer. 
Nothing in this arrangement was over $5.00 a stem at today's prices… 
and most suppliers sell NEW florals on SALE discounted 50% off every other week.
 Estimated cost for this selection would be $30-35 at sale prices.
Custom done----way more! LOL.


Heres a wide shot with a bitty pumpkin from our garden and 
the dracaena (cornstalks) next to it. The little cherub plaque looks on adoringly.
I think its just the right amount of color pop needed here.

Closeup on the grasses and other elements in the design. 
Choosing naturals, helps to make the arrangement look not so 'designed'.


Lots of grasses and structure elements in the back support the flowers. 
We have heavy wind here and I know from experience to arrange this way. 
Also weigh down your outdoor containers.
 Rocks are in the bottom of the coffeepot and three blocks of floral foam, 
so the stems are inserted deep into the container.
 I attached picks to stems or gobs of hot glue to really secure things. 
TIP: The test of a well done arrangement is to turn it upside down and shake it. 
Nothing but tiny bits of moss should fall out. 

 This shows the backside fan structure in this 3/4 arrangement. 
I knew I would only be using this arrangement for this space, 
so I designed it front facing and sized for that particular spot. 
You can see how cheap the cattails are. 
It's hard to find quality cattails, for some reason, 
so I always use them in the rear of my fall arrangements.

"Fall is Pumpkin Time!"
Behind is the OLD chalkboard I used in my brick and mortar shop, 
BarberryLane, to announce specials or just to say 'Welcome'. 


Speaking of Pumpkins, my squirrel decorator continues 
to enhance my pots and displays with walnuts. 
This one was found right in the back corner of the frame, 
so I moved it up front. 
Squirrel said, "One always needs a bit more green."

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  1. Thanks for visiting me. I have squirrels on my back porch that tinker around. Like digging in my flower pots! Sheila

  2. Hi Sandi, your porch flowers are gorgeous. I love how you arrange your blooms. Love the chalk board. I have one just like it but took it down for awhile. You have encouraged me to take it out again.
    Thanks for sharing and always inspiring me.
    Hugs, cm

  3. I love your granite ware arrangement! Your porch really looks inviting! Have a great week, Lynn

  4. Your porch is everything I love about fall...the flowers are just perfect! xoThanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday!

  5. So pretty and festive for fall. Good idea about weighing your arrangements down, I'm constantly finding them on the ground in our backyard because of the high winds. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  6. I have a weakness for graniteware. I'm always picking it up. Love your fall arrangement! Beautiful for your porch! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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