Today is the first official day of fall and I’m so excited and ready for cooler weather, brightly-colored leaves, and so many more things that autumn brings.
For the first time, I decorated our front porch for fall. A few potted mums from the high school fundraiser; hay bales, wreath, mesh, and leaves from Michaels Arts & Crafts; and a trip to the farmers’ market for the pumpkins and gourds.
Most years, I’m not motivated to decorate my own home for fall because I’ve already spent 2 months making floral arrangements for Michaels customers to decorate their homes. But this year is different. I’m not as stressed or tired after work. And that means I can have playtime!
Fall is also when my husband and I got married. In fact, we are celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary soon! I’ll ‘fall’ in love with him all over again.
Have a Happy Fall!
Florals of all types are lovely, but roses are special to me. My husband gave me the pink bouquet for Valentine’s Day. This year, organic ones from Whole Foods! I really enjoy cutting off the stems and placing them in a vase myself.
Some tips for arranging your special cut flower bouquet… Cut the stems under water so that there are no air pockets to block the take up of moisture and nutrients. Sprinkle fresh flower food into warm water and stir until dissolved. No flower food? No worries. Sprite® or a little sugar will work. You can also put a couple drops of bleach in the water to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Change the water every day. Ideally, give the stems a fresh cut before replacing them.
I make it a point to place the bouquet where I will walk by it frequently – so I can stop and smell the roses, of course!
The yellow roses were spotted bursting with sunshine in the Smithsonian Castle garden (facing The National Mall). I kept stopping to take photos of all of them. I had to run to catch up to the rest of my family!