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The Last Fall Flowers


“Tis the last rose of summer, left blooming alone.  All her lovely companions are faded and gone.”

Any singers out there sing or teach this song?  I couldn’t help but sing it to myself as I used up the last of the flowers in my mother’s garden.  I was modelling my wedding dress for the bridal show at the villa, so it was the perfect opportunity to make a few last bouquets.

The aforementioned last rose of summer.

Being it’s the 3rd week of September in Saskatchewan, the pickings were pretty slim: zinnias, sedums, some of those yellow flowers that look like daisies, dried out dill seed, and any leaf or branch that looked interesting.


floral arrangement, DIY Flowers, pink, white, green, dark purple,

I love the pink, dark purple, and green combo of this one.  It feels a little unexpected.  I added in some clippings from annuals in my Mom’s pots.

Wedding bouquet, bridal bouquet, sedum, daisy, zinnia, dill, yellow, orange, pink, fall, autumn

Dried out dill adds some contrast in this arrangement.  Zinnias are tricky to get right in a tied bouquet because they get squished by everything else.  This arrangement with floral foam turned out much better.

zinna bouquet, place setting, red, pink, yellow, flowers

Bride, Bridal Flowers, Bridal bouquet, DIY Flowers, Fall flowers, Autumn Flowers

The purple leaves on this one are from a columbine plant that’s starting to turn.  I love the thin red leaves, but I have no idea what the bush is called that I plucked it from.

zinnias in a basket, zinnia, flower, DIY flowers,

The purple planter I put this arrangement in looked weird, so I popped it in a basket.

Autumn Bridal Bouquet, sedum, DIY flowers, bride

Sedums are the stars of this bouquet.  The blooms are so huge, I only needed five stems.  Also, note the small child taking off his shoes in the background.

If you want step-by-step instructions to make your own hand tied bouquets, check out my peony post.

Enjoy the last of your weekend!  How do you make the most of these golden days of fall?


Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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