2010-10-01 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

Scarecrows, Corn Stalks, Bails Of Hay … Halloween Is Right Around The Corner
Commentary By Danielle, Danielle’s Rockaway Florist

October is the official start to the fall season. The trees turn from their lush green of summer to an array of colors, each more magnificent that the next. The landscape seems to take on a more distinct, larger than life appearance. Each tree’s color stands out and makes the landscape breathtaking. Reminds us how amazing Mother Nature truly is and how wonderful she is at making us appreciate her when we allow ourselves the opportunity.

Why not bring these touches of fall into your home. You can make a big impact with simple changes.

A brightly colored wreath will bring a great flair to any front entrance and will make a wonderful first impression to your home. Both to guests who will be visiting and neighbors who pass by. A great wreath to consider is one made of an assortment of Copper Beech or oak leaves. These leaves are brightly colored and have been dried, dyed and preserved. Your local florist will be happy to help with your selection and can point out which flowers and colors work best together. Assortments of other natural dried flowers will add in-terest, and accents such as dried corn husks or raffia ribbon will add a finishing touch. Keep in mind these are a dried material and should be kept out of the range of the elements such as rain. A covered porch or a door with an awning would be best for this wreath, insuring it stays for the length of the season. They look just as beautiful indoors as well.

If you have a door that is exposed to the elements, a silk wreath will probably work best for you. Silks today are very realistic and durable. Most can be washed with ease and will keep their shape and color for seasons to come. You might even want to think outside the box by placing your wreath on a table and using is as a centerpiece. Most wreaths have an opening large enough to fit a tall slender vase or a good size pillar candle. I’ve been known to use my wreath as a table dressing with a serving dish coming up thru the center. It makes a great centerpiece and can be removed with ease as your courses come out.

If a wreath isn’t your thing then maybe swag will do the trick. Natural branches and foliage can do wonders for that spot above a picture frame or mantle. Add some bittersweet with its bright orange-yellow berries and your fall decorating is complete.

Mum plants frequent the florists this time of year, as well as decorative Kale and Ornamental Peppers. Your landscape of blooming plants will look even better when you add mini pumpkins and gourds to spruce up the pots and beds. Be as creative as you dare, even add a bale of hay or corn stalks to your display. They will look great as the seasons change from October’s Halloween to November’s Thanksgiving. So have fun with it! If you have a creative block, don’t’ be shy about asking for advice. We can help you design a beautiful display or choose the perfect gift so you can sit back and enjoy the show Mother Nature has to offer this time of year.

Feel free to visit us at 436 Beach 129 Street, or check us out on the web at www.DaniellesRockawayFlorist.com. Enjoy!

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