When you love the look of flowers and don’t live somewhere that it’s possible to grow your own year-round, you’re left with three choices: deal with it, pay exorbitant rates for fresh flowers out of season, or create your own. Silk floral arrangements never die, you can reuse them year after year with only minimal maintenance to keep them dust-free, and can (usually) be reworked with minimal difficulty to create entirely new arrangements with very little–if any–additional cost. At the end of each season, I raid the craft store clearance racks for leftover stems and scraps of ribbon that might be useful for the following year. Old vases and gift baskets that would otherwise be discarded or given away are given new life. Every few months my mother gets something new to decorate her workspace, and her coworkers come begging to know where she finds these one-of-a-kind creations. If only they understood that I’m cheap, not free…
Autumn, arguably, was one of the easiest and most painless arrangements I’ve ever assembled. From beginning to end, including the time to cut the florists’ foam and clean up the resulting mess, it took about twenty minutes. As it was a rush-order for my mother’s classroom, it was assembled on-site–on the back table as the children were testing–and no one noticed a thing: quite a contrast to the excursion wherein she had me doing illuminated scripture verses and everyone gathered ’round to watch.
Harvest, on the other hand, turned into a six-month-long monstrosity as it was worked and reworked in an attempt to correct issues with balance and proportion. I’m still not entirely pleased with how light it is up top, but need more ochre-colored flowers and olivine greenery in order to proceed. Sigh.