September Sunshine: Style with Sunflowers

Fireside Basket

A photo of a fireside basket with sunflowers and fall ingredients

Invite friends and family to gather ’round the hearth with a beautiful basket filled with autumn’s brightest blossoms.

Materials:

  • Wire basket
  • Sheet moss
  • Floral foam
  • Dish or container
  • 1 croton plant (for cutting foliage)
  • 1 small bunch dried wheat
  • Picks
  • 6 apples
  • 3 large sunflowers
  • 1 large dahlia
  • 12 ‘Cherry Brandy’ roses
  • 6 pink zinnias
  • 5 stems pink cottage yarrow
  • 1 yellow celosia
  • 6 orange spray roses

Step-by-Step:

A step-by-step photo of a fireside basket with sunflowers and fall ingredients

Step 1. Line a wire basket with sheet moss. Position floral foam inside a dish or container that holds a generous amount of water, and place into the basket.

A step-by-step photo of a fireside basket with sunflowers and fall ingredients

Step 2. Cut croton stems, and insert into floral foam along with the bunch of wheat. Insert picks into apples, and embed around lower outside edges of floral foam.

A step-by-step photo of a fireside basket with sunflowers and fall ingredients

Step 3. Remove petals from sunflowers, and add stripped stems to basket. Fill in with remaining flowers.

Helpful Hint: If you have young children or have pets that tend to nibble on houseplants, you might want to substitute a different plant for the croton, which is considered toxic. An excellent choice would be ‘Alabama Sunset’ coleus or any other colorful fall foliage.

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