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Friday, October 22, 2010

Four October Bouquets

Autumn bouquets are special. They give us a chance to enjoy the last bright blooms reminescent of summer. They also include dried remnants of the plants assuring us that the summer, whether we like it or not, is gone.
Weather permitting, some bouquets are made for the outside.

Dry poppy, acanthus, agapanthus, mallow and astilber were very attractive and just ask to be displayed!
Hydrangeas will go to another bunch for the second garden table.
Here they are.

Final inspection:
Closer look:
And to the final destination, the garden table that can be seen from the windows.
Can I be in the picture again? I was not looking at the camera in that first shot!
I think I am very photogenic!
Two other bouquets go inside. ______________________________________
It’s time to harvest my favorite herb, parsley, from my garden. The parsley will stay for several days on the kitchen counter, and everyone is welcome to munch on its green leaves. Then, it will be spread, dried and placed into a glass jar for storage and used in cooking. Blue and white porcelain is from my Russian Gzhel collection.
Some flowers don’t want any competition. They think they are so beautiful, no one else deserves to be in the scene while they are performing. The lonely dahlia flower will decorate the breakfast table. But, before going inside, it posed for an outdoor shot.
And one more
didn’t dare move the Autumn Joy sedum from this view. It wanted to be in the picture too! Wait, maybe it wants to tell something? Maybe, it wants to have a bouquet of its own? Did you ever make an Autumn Joy sedum bouquet?
For other October bouquets go to Noelle at Ramblings From A Desert Garden
Copyright 2010 TatyanaS

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  1. Lovely Autumn bouquets Tatyana! I love the hydrangea and harvest bouquets especially. Great how you have your own line of buckets. Very clever placement of your copyright. ;>))

  2. our bouquets are so beautiful Tatyana. Don't you just love hydrangeas? They give us these beautiful blooms all summer and then we can dry them and use them for arrangements indoors and out. I dug my dahlias up this week but had to bring in one bloom to look at.
    Have a wonderful week!

  3. Tatyana, your bouquets are beautiful. The hydrangeas are stunning, more blue greenish shades than I get in mine.


  4. Pretty, pretty, pretty is all I can say. That and your puppy is cute. Takes a great photo with that expression, too.

  5. Wow - but the dog is the best!

  6. Carol, thanks! We can't see our hydrangea plants from the windows. The only way to enjoy their blooms is to make bouquets and place them on the garden tables or bring them inside.

    Thank you, Lona! Our climate allows dahlias to stay in the gardens. But if a winter is very wet, they can rotten. This is what happened with some of my plants last year. I need to bring them in!

    Eileen, thanks! It looks like I caught them at this blue-greenish stage! We'll see how the remaining blooms change their color later.

    Donna, thank you! He knew he'd get a treat for posing!

    Hermes, thank you! Animals and plants, plants and animals... you need to have them both!

  7. I really enjoyed all the arrangements but my favourite is the hydrangea. Beautiful.

  8. Those are so pretty Tatyana - your dahlia looks a bit like one I grow called 'Lambada.'

  9. Your dried bouquet and hydrangea bouquets are gorgeous.

  10. Great post Tatyana! Beautiful bouquets and a beautiful dog. Your dahlia is awfully vain, but attractive enough to pull it off. You are so lucky to have so many hydrangea blooms. :)

  11. Beautiful! Love the hydrangeas. Your dog is adorable too. Yes, I have used sedum in a bouquet (September post). I find it make a good cut flower.

  12. That is a great idea to make bouquets for outside. The dog is too sweet too~!

  13. Those are great. You are so blessed to have all those hydrangeas.

  14. Dear Tatyana, All four bouquets are very special, but what a wonderful idea to make a 'clean up' bouquet! Now I feel very guilty about what I threw on the compost. P x

  15. All of the bouquets are lovely! But your noble dog sets the hydrangeas apart. Yes, she is quite photogenic!

  16. Tatyana, they are beautiful, but maybe you have been putting all your time to your garden and bouquets because your pet doesn't look happy and approving! Or is it really his normal look? He looks so cute and adoring though!

  17. They are all absolutely gorgeous! It never occurred to me that one can use parsley as a bouquet. What an excellent idea. What did the inspector had to say about the hydrangea?

  18. That hydrangea one has to be my favourite but especially with a certain you know who in the picture aswell. He sure knows how to pose for the camera - you've got him well trained Tatyana lol

  19. Love the plants, love the dog, big awwww from me.

  20. Lovely arrangement. I have a chinese celery that is already bolting that look similar like parsley. Instead of chucking it in the bin to clear some space maybe I can make good use of it like you do:).I like your bouquets worth millions.

  21. That dahlia is just crying out to be placed with the sedum (or vice versa). I followed Jennifer's advice and did that with my bouquet. Don't think I could pick a favourite out of this bunch as I loved each one for different reasons.

  22. Thank you, dear judges! It's clear that the hydrangea bouquet is a winner! Three-four years ago I couldn't make such bouquet. Everyone around had masses of hydrangea bushes, but not me. Well, I planted 5 hydrangeas, different varieties. They grew very fast, and here I am, with all these wonderful flowerheads of different color.
    Answering the questions about the dog:I think he could look a bit happier if he could run free. He likes to smell flowers, and he also eats berries!

  23. Beautiful bouquets! Love the flower, it does look as special to be on its own.
    And also, that is a great model you have there.

  24. Oh Tatyana,

    I love each and every one of your four bouquets. I must admit that I have a soft spot for your clean-up bouquet because of the wonderful texture. But, my favorite has to be your hydrangea bouquet, because they are my favorite flowers and I am not able to grow them in Arizona. Thank goodness, I can enjoy yours :-)

    Thank you so much for participating!

  25. Hi Tatyana, No I've never made a Sedum bouquet. Sounds interesting though.

    Love your hydrangeas and your "model." :)

  26. aloha,

    i loved your show and the process, that dahlia is beautiful, wish i could grow those here...too wet :(

  27. Now that is what I call hydrangea heaven but how oh how Tatyana do you train your dog to sniff without chomping the flowers? Bigger dogs are better behaved I guess.

  28. Your bouquets and photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Hi Tatyana - I love your arrangements full of all that autumn has to offer. The hydrangeas still look amazing (your doggie seemed to agree!) and the dried pods and stalks were quite striking. Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. I love that soulful look your dog is giving you. I would of dropped the camera to give him scratches--I'd not be able to resist!


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