This is really more an idea than a “how to”. It came from the book Bringing the Garden Indoors, by T. Allen Smith. The author used an acorn squash as a container for fall flowers. With a cold front moving into Maryland today, it seemed proper to buy a bag of these little gourds at the grocery store this morning. They’re much smaller than an acorn squash and doesn’t smaller always means cuter?! 🙂
Gather some gourds, tiny pumpkins, acorn squash, whatever you’d like for the container and fall flowers for the bouquet. You’ll need rubber bands, scissors, and either a paring knife or a potato peeler. That’s it!
Some of the gourds are a little harder than the others. I had the most difficult time with this one, but all that meant was that I had to do several gouges with the coring tool rather than just spinning it around once it was in the gourd.
I didn’t even have to take the piece out myself – Joshua took care of that for me 🙂 He did not like the flavor one little bit.
Secure the rubber band fairly close to the blooms because there’s a good chance that you’ll cut much of the stems off if you use gourds as small as the ones that I was using. My zinnias look a little shabby, don’t they? If I use these arrangements for Thanksgiving, I’ll use bright bought flowers.
Then simply stick the little nosegay into the gourd. Tell me these aren’t the cutest little things you’ve ever seen?! I wanted to take pictures of these arranged with some lovely little tealights… but my extra photographing time this evening was spent taking pictures of some very momentous steps!!