It is that time of year again. Autumn! And time to make pumpkin bouquets. Do you remember how from last year's post on this subject? Here is a review:
Start by raiding your flower garden of any flowers you could find. It's getting late in the season, but you should be able to find asters, mums, baby roses, and lavender. You can also add amaranth seed stems and rose hips. You can use small sugar pumpkins or the tiny decorative pumpkins that are available in the supermarket this time of year. Gourds also work well if you don't mind the asymmetrical shape.
Clippers, a drill, and some florist picks are helpful tools for this project. Start by drilling small holes into the top of the pumpkin. Stems or floral picks with stems wired on go into the holes which provide the base for this arrangement. Drill as you go, as you'll find that design happens as your project progresses. A ribbon or raffia bow adds an accent when all the flowers are in place.
Another method of making a pumpkin bouquet is to cut off the top of the pumpkin and hollow out all the seeds. Then, place a small piece of Oasis (a floral foam that soaks up water) to fit inside the pumpkin. After it soaks awhile, start arranging. Stems from a boxwood shrub create a nice triangular-shaped framework for the arrangement. You can choose any shape you like best; circular, oval, rectangular, or square. Fill in with two or three main types of flowers (mums, roses, etc.) and then fill in with small flowers or accents like asters, rose hips, or sprigs of wheat.