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Fall Garden Day Bouquet in a Thrifted Chinoiserie Vase

Beautiful fall bouquet in a chinoiserie vase bold fall flower arrangement #fallflowerarranging

Happy Tuesday dear friends! I hope you are having some beautiful fall weather!  It was absolutely glorious here in KY this past weekend.  The cooler temperatures allowed me to enjoy a “fall garden day” on Sunday afternoon.



On Saturday morning I did a little junkin’ and scored a stunning chinoiserie style/tung chi vase at a yard sale for only $2! Can you believe I almost passed on it? I walked around snooping at the other junk on the tables for a few mintues before having the “what am I thinking?!?” inner dialogue, then hurrying back over snatch it up before anyone else did! You can also see a glimpse of the my first lumpy green pumpkin of the season that I bought from a farmer selling produce on the side of the road.



Sunday provided much needed garden therapy! I spent quite a while in my backyard cottage garden pruning away straggly herbs and dying perennials and cutting a few late summer blooms to enjoy. I salvaged some sunflowers from my neighbor’s driveway (they just moved and the moving van toppled their beautiful sunflowers, leaving most of them strewn about their driveway.


I couldn’t bear to just leave those beautiful blooms to wither on the black top!) I also cut the last of the green hydrangeas from my bushes to start drying them. My husband just so happened to bring me a surprise bouquet of coral roses, so I unexpectedly had the foundations to start putting together a bouquet for my new vase.



I didn’t take any pictures of the arranging process, but this is what I ended up with after just a few minutes of randomly tucking flowers into the vase ( I used a smaller glass vase down inside to keep the stems more contained). I love how it turned out! I am also loving how the vase and flowers pop against my new beadboard backsplash…and can you even believe that beautiful wood grain on my new  LAMINATE “butcher block” countertop?  I am so pleased with the countertop and how things are coming along in the kitchen! 



I can already tell that “I must have flowers always and always” in my new kitchen! I am sure this vase will be showing up in other areas around my home in future posts too.


The bouquet:

  • coral roses
  • sunflowers
  • garden sage
  • rosemary
  • trailing dusty miller
  • purple sedum
  • coreopsis
  • marigolds
  • Russian sage
  • Liriope (purple blooms)

I never worry about symmetry or making my bouquets look “just right.” I start by putting the taller flowers in the center or back of the vase, then fill in around with medium sized flowers. Lastly I tuck in herbs, trailing vines and annuals to fill in any gaps.


I used the colors in the vase as the main inspiration for my “Fall Garden Day Bouquet.” I searched my garden and annual containers for flowers that would match the design. I also looked for a lot of different foliage textures to provide interesting contrasts with the roses. Even some simple  French marigolds that survived the super hot August and early September temperatures made their way into my fall garden day bouquet.  I love how closely the vivid orange-red and yellow petals match the flowers on the vase.



Over the past couple of years I really started experimenting with bouquets, mainly using grocery store clearance flowers “doctored up” with whatever is in my garden or landscape at the time. Thrifted pitchers, vases, or urns found on Saturday junk excursions often inspire impromptu Sunday afternoon arrangements. 



Fall Flower Arrangement Blue Transferware Pitcher

This bold bouquet of Fresh Fall Flowers Arranged in a Beautiful Vintage Ironstone Pitcher  is one of my all time favorites!



 Beautiful fall flower arrangement. Grocery store flowers


So many people stop gardening at the end of summer, but I find that fall is really when the garden magic happens! Just look at that color!



 gorgeous outdoor fall vignette with fresh grocery store flowers, autumn kale and succulents

Little pumpkins are perfect for adding extra fall interest around a fall bouquet. I just love them so much! 



Pumpkins, and herbs and ironstone…oh my!



Beautiful Grocery Store Flowers Fall Arrangements



A simple trio of tiny pumpkins is all that is needed to transition a colorful late summer bouquet vignette to fall.



Two of the three pumpkins in my fall garden day vignette were ones that have just recently been sitting on my kitchen window sill. I have a “thing” for mini-pumpkins and gourds, so I always have several different kinds around my home during the fall.




I shared a few pictures of the sweet little pumpkins in my Kitchen Makeover with Fall Touches (Part 1) post last Thursday.  I hope you will check out that post if you haven’t already. Things are coming together!




Beautiful fall bouquet in a chinoiserie vase bold fall flower arrangement #fallflowerarranging

I hope this post has inspired you to keep your eyes open for beautiful and unique vases at yard sales, thrift shops and consignment shops. You can often snatch them up for just a few dollars. Remember that you don’t need to take a class to learn how to design beautiful flower arrangements. Just gather up some flowers , herbs and foliage and tuck them down into a pretty vase in any way that you personally like. Then enjoy!




I can’t wait to spend more time in my fall garden and to put together a few more large and small bouquets as fall progresses. On Sunday I started grouping some cool-toned fall plants in my old galvanized bucket and I am looking forward to finishing it up this weekend. Have you had some nice fall gardening weather lately too? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!




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  • Reply Maristella


    September 23, 2020 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    You are right Amber, fall is when our yard and garden look their best. Beautiful vase and flowers…you really scored big!!

    September 24, 2020 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Myrna

    I love that Asian vase ! For $2, you would have had to fight for it. LOL
    The flowers are beautiful too.
    BTW For some reason I can’t subscribe.

    October 3, 2020 at 10:38 pm
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