I set off for the woods yesterday looking for some holiday decor. I brought a bucket and a good pair of clippers with me. I took a shortcut through the barn yard, which is always risky.
Everybody wanted to look in my bucket!
I gave in and let them look and look until they were sure I wasn’t hiding any cracked corn in there, then I soldiered onward with everyone still in tow.
Whew! I made it to the other side!
I love to fill jars and other containers with wildflowers and weeds and whatever else I can find. At this time of year, the green pickings are scarce, but Nature also acts as a perfect dehydrator. Dried grasses, dried berries, dried….mystery weeds. I looked for texture, shape, contrast. I also like sticks!
Casper just realized I took off without him.
Here is why we can’t take the horses up here. At least not until this tree across the trail is cleared.
Here is an absolutely fantastic spring that is wet, wet, wet even on the most dry day of summer. I wish it was better located closer to a pasture.
I filled my bucket with a bounteous assortment and headed back down the trail, deciding not to go back through the circus crowd in the barn yard. I circled around the back of the barn. The cows watched me with lazy eyes.
(Nobody’s having a calf today.)
Back home, I surveyed my loot.
I spread it out inside on the dining room table and made several arrangements. This one is an assortment for the dining room table.
Here’s another combination arrangement on the mantel.
This pitcher sits on a little table in the back den. I used pine and dried materials along with some rosemary and dried hydrangeas from the garden.
Also some pine here.
I think this last one is my favorite.
I love the simplicity.
Most of these arrangements need no water at all and will last till spring if I want them to. Just because the flowers are gone, it doesn’t mean my vases have to stand empty. It was all free, free, free–and anybody can have it! All you have to do is walk outside, or pull over on the side of the road. Nobody cares if you clip some dried up dead weeds. Go gathering and get festive!