Cozy-cute fall bou­quet

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WHAT’S NEW

This Thanks­giv­ing, flo­ral de­sign­ers are styling vi­brant blooms and a mix of har­vest pickings in felt-wrapped vases for warm, wel­com­ing hol­i­day bou­quets. “Here, fuch­sia and vel­vety red roses, pur­ple asters and fluffy pink se­dum com­bine with crisp leaves and crab ap­ples, cre­at­ing an eye-catch­ing dis­play,” says flo­ral pro Kathy Shu­mac. “And the felt vase cap­tures a cozy feel—it’s a lovely cen­ter­piece for your feast!”

GET THE LOOK

Start by cut­ting a piece of pink felt to fit around a 5" cylin­dri­cal vase; se­cure with pur­ple yarn. Fill the vase halfway with wa­ter, then snip 6 cran­berry-red roses, 6 fuch­sia roses, 2 dozen pur­ple asters and 3 light pink se­dum stems to 6 to 9 inches. Place the flow­ers in the vase one at a time to form a soft, rounded mound, then in­sert branches of crab ap­ples and au­tumn leaves to fill in any gaps through­out the ar­range­ment.

IN­SIDER’S SE­CRET

To ex­tend the life of your bou­quet for up to a week or more, pros sug­gest re­fresh­ing the wa­ter ev­ery other day, adding 1 tsp. of ap­ple cider vine­gar and 1 tsp. of sugar to the wa­ter. This DIY flo­ral food will nour­ish blooms and erad­i­cate any bac­te­ria that might be grow­ing. Also smart: Dab a few drops of veg­etable oil on a cloth and rub on leaves and berries to keep them look­ing sup­ple and shiny.

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