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Learn How to Create Autumn Floral Arrangements

September is the month that brings us leaves that are starting to turn from green to gold or even deeper shades of reddish brown.  It’s a great time to invite guests over to watch your favorite college team or a professional football team.  It can also be just a gathering to share a cook out with friends and family.

For containers, I have chosen a rectangular wood basket and a square ceramic container that mimics a real basket.  For flowers, I have chosen chrysanthemums in shades of yellow and deep burgundy, orange alstroemeria,  and one Asiatic lily.  For greens I used oak leaves and other small green leaves. The flowers are fully hydrated, after standing in warm water for 45 minutes, so we can get started with the designs.

Let’s begin with the basket arrangement.  The empty basket measures eleven inches in length and five and one half inches in width.  It is five inches deep.  The empty basket will need liners, so I placed two plastic liners inside the basket sitting close together.  They will not need Oasis.  I used a pair of clippers to cut the flowers.

For flowers, I used one orange Asiatic lily, four stems of orange alstroemeria, four stems of dark daisy chrysanthemums, six stems of greenery, two stems of faux orange berries, and two stems of faux foliage.

For tools, I used a knife, a pair of floral clippers, and brown floral tape.  I cut several pieces of wire and used the brown floral tape to bind the pieces together, thus creating a longer stem for the faux foliage.

As usual, I always start with a focal point.  This is what will capture one’s eye!  Note the dominant large bronze chrysanthemum resting on the front edge of the basket.  Anyone looking at the arrangement will be almost automatically drawn to focus on the large chrysanthemum.  The finished height is eleven inches and the finished width is fifteen inches.

So let’s move on to the faux ceramic basket.  The empty faux ceramic basket measures five and one half inches in width and three and one half inches in depth.  It will need Oasis because the container is very shallow.  I used one stem of Asiatic lily, three stems of burgundy daisy mums, four stems of orange alstroemeria, two small yellow chrysanthemums, and three stems of foliage.

Please try your hand at creating autumn arrangement!

by Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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