The conversations of late are mostly leafy in content.  It seems we are fixated on the cooler temps and the colors of the leaves. I am a happy participant in this conversation as well, my leaves and the leaves around me are beautiful.  However, I got quite distracted this week, when I received a bucket full of blooms to play with….wpid-20151105_081725.jpg  Dahlia blooms fresh from the garden. What a terrific mid-week treat this was, especially when I was trying to focus on capturing photos of the ever transitioning colors of autumn.   A delightful distraction that made me wonder how I could create a statement arrangement from this bucket of bodacious blooms and possibly capture the last gasp of summer. wpid-20151105_081738.jpgEach bloom was different from peach, shades of orange, soft pink with a touch of yellow at the center…wpid-20151105_081802.jpg

shades of plum to a wonderfully rich, voluptuous burgundy.  I chose to make an arrangement that embraced all the blooms, up close and personal. I wanted passersby to share with me what bloom caught their eye and why. There were some that said certain blooms emitted thoughts of  the Hawaiian sunset, others thought of peaches, while others said it reminded them of how brief the summer was. Regardless of what thoughts this arrangement conjured up, it created conversation and supplied a moment to pause during a very busy work week. wpid-20151105_084510.jpgThis low arrangement, created in a semi-shallow dish placed the blooms right where you could experience the diversity, the similarities and the beauty.  wpid-20151105_084528.jpg  I wish I could freeze this arrangement so that it could remind me, as the colors fade, the leaves drop and snow blankets the landscape, summer will come again…..and there will always be another season of dahlias…

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