Happy October, dear readers! On this lovely October day, I am so happy to be joining my flower loving friends as a guest bloomer for Monday Morning Blooms. On the first Monday of each month, Pam at Everyday Living, Lidy at French Garden House, and Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is share their gorgeous floral creations. This month’s theme is pumpkins, and you will find links to my friend’s beautiful arrangements at the end of this post.
For years, I have admired blooming pumpkin arrangements. However, I am always intimidated to try my hand at it for fear of failure. This time, I decided to overcome my fears and give it a try.
When looking online, I found several different tutorials for creating a blooming pumpkin. One method showed cutting the top and hollowing out the inside of the pumpkin for arranging flowers. Another option was securing a container with oasis to the top of the pumpkin. After serious consideration, I decided that I wanted to preserve my pumpkin for as long as I could. Therefore, I removed the stem, and hot glued a clear saucer to the top of the pumpkin. Next, I attached floral oasis that had been soaked in water to my saucer. Finally, I was ready to arrange my foliage and blooms.
When I visited my local grocery store, it was slim pickings when it came to finding pretty blooms. I had a whole color scheme in mind with mums at the top of the list, but unfortunately, I had to come up with plan B. Returning home empty handed and in a bit of a panic, I decided to forage my yard and flower gardens for stems. Nandina was plentiful as well as abelia, Autumn Joy sedum, and vining purple lantana. Sometimes, things are right under our noses if we just calm down and look around. In true honesty, I had a lot of fun and gained great satisfaction from creating something from my own garden and making do with what I had on hand.
To celebrate my blooming pumpkin creation, I decided to set a tea table with my favorite autumn pattern Johnson Brothers Friendly Village. Several years ago, for Christmas, my Dad and Mom gifted me eight place settings. Each year on the day after Christmas, I would shop the Dillard’s sale and add to my collection. For years, I have always wanted the tea set, but it was discontinued. This summer, I found the set in mint condition on Goodwill.com. I was so excited to add it to my collection!
Pumpkin season always brings me joy, and you will find lots of pumpkins on my tea table.
In fact, pumpkins can be found all over my back porch. You will find them stacked in urns, and tucked into flower pots. To preserve my pumpkins and make them last longer, I give them a good cleaning and apply floor wax to them. I know there are several methods out there for pumpkin preservation, but this always works for me.
The tablecloth I chose for my table is from France and is a raspberry color. The napkins are by Ralph Lauren and were purchased several years ago at HomeGoods.
I am so happy that you stopped by to have tea with me and enjoy a little flower therapy! Sweet readers, I hope that I have inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and create something pretty. The joy it will bring you will give you such satisfaction. I want to thank my gracious and talented flower loving friends for inviting me to join them for this month’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms. It is always such a treat! Take care and have a most wonderful day doing the things you love!