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.
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 with my hanging dried flowers and grasses! But everyone I know received dried arrangements that Fall.
Here in the north Georgia we are blessed with the lovely magnolia tree. Honestly, it is one of my favorites! The flowers are HUGE and the leaves are green all year round. So whenever you need fresh leaves to replace faded and dried one's, just head outside and replenish.
"Pick it and hang it," is my motto.
Creating lovely arrangements with my dried gatherings is so relaxing and a blessing to give as gifts. They are gifts that will last a very long time and bring years of decor enjoyment. I have some hydrangeas that are almost 8 years old and still look great.
Here is a video on just "how" to make an inexpensive magnolia wreath. Enjoy and get out there and gather!