How To: Autumn Arrangement from Gourds and Flowers

September 16, 2011

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?! 🙂

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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Yay Joshua!!!!

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