I’m missing my cutting garden and flowering perennials now that the cold weather has truly set in. One of the joys of having a garden is the ability to have your home filled with fresh flowers for months on end. I know eventually I’ll have to hit the florist, but I’m not ready for that just yet.
I’ve recently started making bouquets from seed heads, ‘past prime’ flowers and any greenery I can lay my hands on (which is usually boxwood since my shrubs always need pruning). A walk through the remnants of the garden and some of the wilder spots on our property present a wealth of floral material.
The only thing in this arrangement that needs water is the boxwood so I use oasis. It also has the added benefit of keeping the dried flower stems upright. Soak for a good 15 minutes (they say 30) so they’re truly saturated to the core.
Try and work a little color in if possible. If you’re a crafty person you can also wire small gourds, pinecones or whatever onto sticks and then anchor them in the oasis as well. I am not a crafty person and would most likely impale myself so I shy away from this activity at present.
And that’s about it. I take a bucket out when I’m gathering material and I try to gently shake out some of the seeds so they don’t end up all over the table (which they will anyway).