Resisting the change

Dahlia 'Tropic Sun', Amaranth 'Dreadlocks' (love-lies-bleeding)Now that it’s officially autumn, illuminated by an exquisitely timed harvest moon, blanketed in morning fog and wrapped in the katsura’s scent of burnt sugar, I am going to have to finally let go of late summer and start calling fall by name. I’ve been sort of  stubborn about acknowledging calendar shifts (all except winter into spring – I always jump the gun on that one) but I like to think it’s just my peculiar and contrary way of making sure I remember to appreciate the current moment, no matter what its name is.backlit Japanese maple in the Rock Garden

In any case, it doesn’t behoove a gardener to be too resistant to change. Nature is ephemeral and capricious after all, and we’d lose interest if it wasn’t. Our gardens teach us to pay close attention and take nothing for granted.

Just like gardening, flower arranging is an excellent exercise in letting go. Yesterday, Blakely Szosz, one of our diva volunteer flower arrangers demonstrated the tips, tricks and a few of the rules (once you know the rules, you can break them) that go into making artful arrangements. Part of the beauty of an arrangement – and part of what is so fascinating and heart breaking (just like gardening) – is that it is a living sculpture that is going to fade, wither and die. You’ve simply got to enjoy it while it lasts. And then make another. I have to admit that I don’t have a natural inclination to bring flowers in the house or make arrangements. I’d generally prefer to leave everything be (and to the bees) in the garden. But as the days get shorter, I can begin to see the appeal of bringing parts of the garden inside for an extended period of appreciation. And now my frustrated inner artist is inspired too… There’s one more flower arranging demonstration in the Autumn Splendor series next Wednesday at 11AM on the mansion’s north porch.

Do you cut flowers to bring in the house? Any particular time of year more than another? Do you create a work of art?

3 thoughts on “Resisting the change

  1. I’m not an indoor flower arrangement person. You need a cutting garden and I simply don’t have the room. I like making living arrangements with potted plants for this reason. They change and grow and I can change them up.

    Susan, it’s true. A cutting bed saves having to pillage a beautiful garden that needs every last flower to be sublimely perfect. And I love your idea of making potted plant arrangements – so much that when I brought a batch into the greenhouse I made sure to arrange them just so… -kris

  2. I sometimes cut flowers but they last longer on the plant don’t they. I added some to Robin’s room this weekend. I better go resurrect them since I forgot they were there. Embrace autumn!

    Layanee, no doubt about it, flowers last longer on the plant… But when I don’t last as long in the garden, it works out to bring the flowers in! And I’ve got my arms around autumn for sure now. Lovin’ it. -kris

  3. I go from outside growing to inside growing with my houseplants. On a totally different note, I was wondering if your kalimeras(sp) cutting did anything for you. The mother plant became my all time favorite this year. It has been blooming since June with more blooms still coming.

    Maggie, We had the same experience with the kalimeris in the North Garden (where your cutting was added in – thanks again!) – they’re done now but all through the heat they bloomed gangbusters. -kris

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