Harvest Celebration – Floral Friday

Hello Dear Readers!

Today is the first Friday of the month and that means it is Floral Friday!

Wow did the month of October fly by!!

Today I am joining my sweet and talented friends of Floral Friday,

Lidy, Mary and Pam presenting our creations of a Harvest Celebration.

Their links are at the end of the post under their respective beautiful image.

A tremendous amount of beautiful floral inspiration is here for you today

to enjoy and hopefully help you create one of your own!

I am a bit of an out of the box type of person, so I thought I would use

some colors that I used last Fall….lavenders and plum.

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Our common theme here today is HARVEST.


I used my antique French bread basket as my container.

You can see that I used a serving bowl and placed the wet floral foam in it

and elevated it with a small box…this gave the arrangement great height.

I seem to tend to gather some of my favorites each time I shop for flowers,

hydrangeas, alstroemeria, roses and that beautiful seeded eucalyptus

that has that wonderful draping characteristic.

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Some of the visions of Harvest and Fall to me are the pumpkin patches

filled with families scouting for that perfect pumpkin to take home.

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We have fond memories of taking our Sweetie to a local farm/pumpkin patch

and she so looked forward to bringing home that petite pumpkin to put in her room.

We went to that pumpkin patch for many years, but alas, she is a teenager now

and the yearly journey to the pumpkin patch has been replaced with

outings with her  friends.

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To me the most beautiful fields that harvested in the Fall are the

snowy white fields of cotton.

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I remember long, long ago while traveling through South Carolina

to see my son’s college soccer game, we came across a field of cotton

and it was breathtaking….remember, this Florida girl is used to seeing

fields of palm trees. It was the very first time I saw those fields.

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You see, this Florida Girl never thought she would be driving by so many

enchanted fields of cotton now. As fate had it, my son moved to

North Carolina, married, and then a few years later, announced they were starting a family.

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So what did we do? We sold our house and moved to North Carolina as soon as we

could . . . as this Florida Girl wanted to be settled before we welcomed

our Grandbaby….our Sweetie.

As for my hubby, he is a trooper as he hates the cold weather . . . but loves

his family more . . . 

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Here is a fact that you probably do not know.

When we moved to N.C. we found a builder that we loved and then began building our house.

We lived with my son and daughter-in-law during the building process.

We closed on our home the day our Sweetie was born.

We knew that it was a good sign

that we made a good move. 

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We are so happy here…While running errands today, I drove down tree lined streets

that were brilliant with color. Soon the trees will do its own sort of Harvest.

Harvesting their leaves that tumble to the ground putting nourishment back into the earth.

Well at least those leaves that have avoided the lawn mower bags!

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To me, Harvest time is a time of reaping what you sow …

gathering the fruits of your labor. Whether this be literally or spiritually.

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Now we turn to another season in our life . . . the journey of building our

“right-sized” home. . . . however, not so sure about the “right” as we keep adding

square footage . . . then taking it away, only to add it back again.

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Hope you enjoyed today’s Floral Friday . . . and now a real treat.

My Floral Friday friends have some beautiful,

beautiful floral inspiration for you to enjoy.

The links to their post are below their wonderful images.



LIDY ~ FrenchGardenHouse








Aren’t they all so very beautiful?!!!

And speaking of beautiful . . . I spoke of my Sweetie today.

With her permission, I will show you her Halloween costume this year.

She dressed as a Anime (Pokemon) character who is a Japanese School Girl.

I told her that she reminded me of how I “preppily” dressed in high school…

Ooops…Did I just date myself?!!!


I wish you all a most beautiful day and weekend!

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  1. Just beautiful Shirley! I love your plums and lavenders of your roses and alstroemeria paired with the soft green of the seeded eucalyptus. Your antique French bread basket makes the perfect vessel on your table for an arrangement with the sprigs of wheat and cotton adding the perfect ‘harvest’ notes…and I spy a pretty little velvet pumpkin too! I always enjoy seeing your collection of blue and white and ironstone in your hutch in the background. Your ‘sweetie’ is growing up…*sniff*! Thank you for another beautiful Floral Friday. Starting my Friday mornings with you is always a treat. ♥

  2. Really gorgeous arrangement! Love the colors.

  3. You floral design is stunning again. I would rather live in NC than Fl. I lived in Florida for a few years as a child. I prefer the seasons. Your sweetie is so cute in her costume.

  4. Shirley, your plums and lavenders are beautiful and the wheat springs tucked in are perfect. Your lovely basket sets off your harvest arrangement. Thanks so much for the container and mechanics tips.
    Having moved and planned a new house I still marvel how you have time to blog at all but I am glad you do. I look forward to each Floral Friday. Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says

    Shirley, you flower arrangement is beautiful and so are the words to this post. Best of luck figuring out the right sized home size!

  6. Shirley, your arrangement is stunning. So love the plums for autumn. Enjoy all the moments of building your new home, they will be treasured memories one day.

  7. Shirley, as always your floral is gorgeous. I love that you are outside the box with you pretty plums and lavenders for the fall season! Your choice of roses, alstroemeria, and eucalyptus is the perfect blend. I do spy a pretty velvet pumpkin, they add so much to a vignette with their rich texture and color. The antique French bread basket is a stunning container.

    Cotton fields are my favorites during the fall season, they are a reminder of days gone by. There were a lot of years that cotton wasn’t planted in our area, but it has made a huge comeback. Your sweetie looks so grown-up, she is beautiful and I know she makes your heart so proud. Your sentiments today were so sweet to read dear friend. It is always a pleasure to share Floral Friday with you!

  8. I had a similar response to my first encounter with a cotton field. 🙂 Also being a Florida girl, my mother in law and my daughter and I took a road trip and I got SO excited seeing cotton grow that we had to pull over and take a look!

  9. Hi Shirley. Love your floral arrangements. I Particularly like lavender and purple. Any chance of tutorial uTube videos to show us how you accomplishe these lovely creations?

  10. Terri SantaColoma says

    Love the floral arrangement.
    I remember the preppy Bobbie Brooks blazers from high school!

  11. Shirley enjoyed this post very much. You talking about Harvest and your sweetie was moving. I didn’t know she was born the day you moved into your previous home.

    Now you will see her become a woman in your new home.

    Beautiful arrangement as always.

    Enjoy your weekend


  12. So elegant, soft, and pretty, a Southern hospitality welcome to my home arrangement. Love the soft purples, greens and the cotton bolls! What a sweet tale about your “Sweetie!”

  13. your arrangement is beautiful and so is your ‘Sweetie’. enjoy your weekend.

  14. What a charming post!Cute “Sweetie” too!Hugs!

  15. THe elements you’ve combined are stunning. I need to take some flower arranging lessons from you to get beyond bottles.

  16. Shannon@belle Bleu Interiors says

    Shirley, what a breathtaking arrangement! The plums and purples are so pretty! You are so talented. Your “sweetie” is a doll! Enjoy your weekend!!!

  17. We are home now from the wedding in NC so I am catching up on posts. It was a LONG trip for a wedding but a beautiful , fun wedding. Your arrangement is so beautiful. I love your “out of the box” colors for Fall. The seeded eucalyptus is so pretty too. I never see it here. I know it is so hard to rake away square footage when building. It is a big adjustment , at least it has been for me. Hope you had a great weekend. I’m going to start putting Fall away as it is very rainy here today. XO

  18. Mary A Moomchi says

    Hi Shirley,
    A newby here…would you happen to know the name of the wall color? Is it the same in your kitchen? I am looking for something that would go with our wood cabinets. Thanks so much. Mary

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