Vacation destinations have shoulder seasons, football teams have pre-seasons, new restaurants have soft openings, and movie theaters have discounted tickets for off-peak showings of movies. These are all great ways to bridge a unavoidable gap in time, popularity, attention or desirability. It’s really no different with flowers.
Summer flowers were working hard, and everywhere you looked during July and August were the bounty that is summer flowers….even I got a little sick of the zinnia and sunflower explosion this summer, and started daydreaming about what was coming up next…fall’s GORGEOUS colors, the ubiquitous pumpkins and of course mums.
The rusty goldfish, harvest color palette is one of my favorites, but it still felt early to jump on the mum bandwagon, and frankly too stinking hot and dry to start down that path. Sure, it said September on the calendar, but 95 degrees and 90 percent humidity did not feel vaguely close to Fall weather or Mum season. What to do?
I humbly thank Fuchsia for saving my bacon. Because Fuchsia, (the color not the flower) came to my rescue in the form of four very different elements of my weekly flower buy. The color is the perfect pre-, shoulder, bridge to full on pumpkin mania, and it just looked right to me. I bought massive Coxcomb, which is a great long lasting bloom. I also scooped pretty Alstroemerias, striking Roses, and spears of purple wild flowers that all combine to give a monochromatic arrangement focused on the color Fuchsia, but textured by the very different and distinct characteristics of each type of flower. Fun!
Here is what I started with:
And here’s where I ended up! With a big, gorgeous, lush and super-texturized monochromatic arrangement for the dining room:
And a wee little arrangement for the powder room:
Want to learn how to do this and other great floral arrangements? Check out the class we’re teaching at Stifel and Capra on October 8, called Flower Power 101: An Intro to Flower Arranging! We’d LOVE to see you there 🙂