One of my favorite things about autumn is the shifts, the changes. The seemingly endless summer is coming to a close. To many onlookers, plants are starting to wilt back, loosing their beautiful colors, and therefore purpose. But I see a whole new bounty of textures and colors.
This wildflower bush was grown from a seed pack my sweet niece and nephew gave me for my birthday last year. As it is completing its lifecycle for this year, some of the flowers are dying back. But this actually provides three variations of bouquet material!
In the second photograph gallery, I have demonstrated how you can use the different stages of a plant’s life and get enjoyment from each one. The first pair of photographs are of the quintessential vibrant flowers. The second pair shows the center of the flower after the petals have shed. And in last pair, you have the preserved empty seed holders — perfect for Autumn bouquets!
I would be remiss to not share the obvious life analogy here — we all go through seasons in our lives. Some are full of vibrant color, some of them appear monotone and drab. Just as some may think only the springtime flowers of this plant are attractive, it’s important not to get caught up in what we think a beautiful life should look like. While it may not be the idyllic socially acceptable picture of what we are told our life should look like, we might have a more uniquely beautiful one right in from of us.