Tuesday, November 5, 2013

50 Shades of Fall

Classical mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia. One of the best-known involves the birth and nurturance of the infant Zeus, who had to be hidden from his devouring father Cronus. In a cave on Mount Ida on the island of Crete, baby Zeus was cared for and protected by a number of divine attendants, including the goat Amalthea ("Nourishing Goddess"), who fed him with her milk. The suckling future king of the gods had unusual abilities and strength, and while playing with his nursemaid accidentally broke off one of her horns, this horn then had the divine power to provide unending nourishment, as the foster mother had to the god.

My interpretation of the cornucopia is one of lush verdure and flora paired with fruits and figs. Autumn is much more than just oranges, burgundys, and brown hues.  In fall, especially in the Northeast the colors are vibrant and rich. There is color in everything living. The hemlock trees seem to be the brightest green of the year and the maple leaves depict a spectrum of color that could be categorized not of this Earth. The nuts that fall from the trees have shades of wood tones including mahogany, cherry and poplar. Long gone are the Thanksgiving centerpieces in a dreary monotone array of chrysanthemums and baker fern.

Friday, November 1, 2013

More than Meets the Maple

Autumn is the perfect time of year to explore the outdoors and really take in the ridiculous abundance of botanicals morphing into bright spectrums of eye candy. 
Clearly, the Japanese maple leaf branches give this design life and style. I clipped a few branches from my garden along with some berried spiderwort. The simplistic pairing between the vendela roses and maple branches make this design really work. 

Goodbye October Hello November

I think of all the seasons for floral designing, fall is my most favorite. I do enjoy the spring with all the fresh bulbs and new growth but the colors and textures of fall make me so happy.  Maybe it's the nostalgia of things in fall that trigger childhood memories like carving pumpkins, the smell of smokey wood burning, the rustling of leaves on the ground or maybe the warmth of a home and the amazing aromas of food cooking in the kitchen.  Whatever the memory you have or the thoughts of favorite seasons, one things for sure nothing beats the mix of autumn botanicals atop an heirloom pumpkin.