Putting the farm to bed for the winter…

October is kind of a bittersweet month, no pun on bittersweet, that gorgeous, noxious, invasive vine intended!


October means frost, which means the end of most of my flowers, including the dahlias, ageratum, and zinnias that populated so many of my fall-themed bouquets and arrangements.

October means the end of my summer farmer’s market.

October means I only have a few more weeks to make sure everything I want to overwinter has its best chance of making it. This means lots of digging, planting the stragglers, mulching, snipping, and covering.

October means apples and pears the various jams and butters I make.

October means wildcrafting wreath making supplies and dried bits and pieces for winter bouquets.

October means planning for the late fall and winter craft fairs and markets.

And this October means getting my 4-season store open for business! Which is a beast of a different sort!

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Dark and lovely bouquet for a boho bride!

 

To create this bouquet I used all the darkest flowers I could find! Five kinds of dahlias in burgandies, reds, and purples, 2 kinds of foliage, and lots of it, to create a lush look, and lots of limonium, which adds texture and a hint of purple/blue/grey. I also added as many of the darkest spray roses I could find. I don’t really grow roses (at least not in the quantity I’d need to guarantee them for a wedding), but I really love them in a bouquet for their dusky matte tones and in this case, a dark pop of color.

Photo courtesy of Heather Connors Photography.
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