Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking
I'm no Martha Stewart or James Farmer, but I do like to bring a little life in my home every now and then (even if I'm the only one that cares). The best is when I can do this without spending any $$$. These three little arrangements below are all from flora in and around my yard.
Coleus, planted last spring and still blooming.
Dogwood branches. I really appreciate their speckled leaves that are just starting to change colors.
Pyracantha. There's a surplus in my neighbor's yard. It's perfect now for fall with its orange berries. They turn a true red closer to Christmas. Everything I've ever learned about this fire thorn shrub I learned from All Things Farmer. If you pick some - use sharp clippers and wear gloves. The branches have some wicked thorns.
Pine cones. I'm thinking of spray painting some gold at Christmas and putting them in a huge clear bowl.
These simple arrangements aren't much, but are a nice way to add little color and 'life' to the interior for FREE.
So go look around your yard. If you are like me, you'll find it therapeutic.