As summer progresses, I scout about looking for flowers to pluck, hang and dry.
The hydrangea are the first ones that catch my eye to dry.
As summer wanes and most flowers begin to show signs of age I am ready to pluck.
When the leaves show the slightest hint of change, that is when I go into full natural decor mode!
There must be a decorating hormone hidden in most women, and if there is, mine soars especially in the Fall.
So how can we decorate without busting the budget?
My Fall decor planning actually begins at the end of summer. If a plant can be dried, I will pick it.
I am always looking along the roadside or in the woods for "anything" that can be cut, hung and dried for Fall and Winter decor and arrangement. A few years ago, my husband was working in his workshop with hundreds of dried grasses, oak leaf hydrangea and other varieties of cut flowers hanging from the ceiling. Yes, I took over his "man space" with my hanging flowers and grasses!
But everyone I know would receive dried arrangements that Fall.
Dried arrangements with hydrangea flowers last years.
I have hydrangea that now has given me much eye pleasure for over 8 years.
The lovely magnolia tree... honestly, it is one of my favorites!
The flowers are HUGE and the leaves are green all year round.
Magnolia leaves are perfect for making wreaths all year long.
No matter what time of the year, you can just head outside and replenish faded leaves.
So often I have been asked to pick and ship leaves to friends to create wreaths
and fireplace mantle decor.
Baby's breath, dried roses, hydrangea, magnolia...
they all get "picked and hung."
Here is a video on just "how" to make an inexpensive magnolia wreath.
Enjoy and get out there and gather!