Bright pump­kin bou­quet

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WHAT’S NEW

This sea­son, flo­ral de­sign­ers are skip­ping clas­sic vases and styling blooms in fresh al­ter­na­tives—like gourds! “Here, the smooth orange pump­kin al­lows the frilly tex­tured au­tumn flow­ers—in shades of pink and pur­ple—to pop,” notes flo­ral ex­pert Re­nee Landry, owner of Re­nee Landry Events. “Whether dis­played on a front porch or a ta­ble, this bou­quet of­fers a fun fall wel­come to friends and fam­ily!”

GET THE LOOK

Slice off the top third of a pump­kin and scoop out the pulp and seeds. Then place a large wa­ter-filled glass in­side. To help keep the glass up­right, tuck crum­pled pa­per tow­els around it. Next, snip two dozen pur­ple and pink blooms (like mums, dahlias, bleed­ing hearts and hy­drangeas) to 10 inches and add to the glass one at a time, criss­cross­ing stems to form a soft mound. Place the gourd in a pur­ple serv­ing bowl.

IN­SIDER’S SE­CRET

The fresh-cut au­tumn blooms will fade be­fore the pump­kin “vase” in this dis­play. But you can show­case your gourd for weeks by swap­ping the wilted flow­ers for a can­dle or two! To do: Re­move the flow­ers from the glass and pour out the wa­ter. Dry the glass with a cloth, fill with dried lentils or beans and nes­tle a few ta­per can­dles in the dried beans for an easy sparkling dis­play that’s sure to wow!

PHOTO: MAK ME­DIA. TEXT: LAU­REN BLUM

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