Summer is over and thoughts of icy cold, dreary winter weather are lurking, weighing some spirits down. As an expatriated southerner living in Michigan with a severe allergic response to cold weather, I am not thrilled. So how do I deal with it? I revel in fall.

Autumn Joy - A clear glass bowl filled with autumn leaves, mini pumpkins and a little bird, or a cute trio of flowering mum plants sitting on the table sets the tone for the fall season.

Fall, filled with golden yellows, bright oranges, savory russets and browns, helps us transition to winter. So often it seems we are in a rush to pack the summer things away and jump right into the holidays. However, we need this transitional period. Autumn mixes a potent medicinal cocktail of spirit-lifting color, sensual textures, scents and intriguing shapes. The changing colors of the trees’ foliage, fragrance of apples as they are crushed into cider and beautiful hardy mums, grasses and berries; all these elements combined provide the curative effects to prepare us for cold and flu season.

Autumn Joy 2 - Blumz...by JR Designs in metro Detroit

Your florist  can create fall decorations for your home and deliver seasonal flowers to bring season’s joy to loved ones. Some festive options:

  • A clear glass bowl filled with autumn leaves, mini pumpkins and a little bird, or a cute trio of flowering mum plants sitting on the table sets the tone for the season.
  • Another idea for a centerpiece or gift involves burlap, one of today’s hottest trend pieces. The course texture and earthy neutral color can work in many situations. A contemporary glass cube wrapped with a band of burlap, decorated with a cluster of wired buttons and filled with seasonal flowers, such as sunflowers, dahlias, grasses and berries, guarantees smiles.
  • Hang a wreath of vine enhanced with a flourish of fall-colored ribbon and a cluster of Indian corn on the door or over the mantle provides a warm welcome to guests for those heartwarming get togethers.
  • A topiary of yellow and orange alstroemeria or bright sunflowers in an earthenware container makes for a perfect side table design or hostess gift. A touch of raffia, twine or ribbon in fall colors finishes the look.

We can all use a good dose of autumn joy to keep our spirits healthy and happy. Ask your local professional florist for recommendations.

What are your favorite fall floral decorations?