Do you enjoy the beauty of nature? I do. Sometimes, I even find the weeds beautiful. Okay, maybe not when they are strangling my favorite plants, but a few are quite pretty. That’s why this year I have a nature inspired fall mantel.
For example, I’ve been pulling this one out all summer long. It’s shallow-rooted and therefore easy to pull out, but it seems to be everywhere.
However, recently I found it camouflaging itself amongst my Viburnum ‘Summer Snowflake,’ and the interesting thing is, it had turned a beautiful purple. I think I have identified it as Bidens connata, also known as purple-stem beggarsticks, an annual weed found in the eastern parts of the U.S. and Canada.
Since I often enjoy using plant material from the property to decorate my home, I thought this purple-stem beggarstick would be a nice addition. So I cut a bunch of it to use in a couple of milk vases on my mantel. I also gathered a bunch of acorns and heated them for a couple of hours in the oven to kill any insects, and placed them in vases with candles. Center stage is a white pumpkin, surrounded by a few pretty gourds. A simple fall mantel decorated with nature.
Do you use natural materials available in your area? What is the most surprising plant material that you have used to decorate your home?