Pumpkin Vase Fall Flower Arrangement With Rebecca Robeson | At Home With P. Allen Smith

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I have to say, the fall is the time of theyear I love to do flower arrangements because there's so much to choose from.

Seriously,colors are amazing.

I know, they really are.

Just look at all these colors.

And, you know,you can gather things from all sorts of places.

Tell me how you get started making one ofthese.

Well, what I've done here, Rebecca, is I've just sort of gathered up a lot ofdifferent things out of the garden.

And a lot of people say "Well, I don't have allthese things in my garden.

" You can have these too — all you need is a flashlight and apair of clippers and you can go into your neighbor's yard at night.

Exactly.

That'swhat you do.

That's what I used to do.

Now, I grow it.

You can see, I have equally distributeda lot of these things, like the little grasses here.

I've used some of these seed heads ofVitex.

I've used a range of different textures in this.

This is a wonderful color — it'scalled Kingswood Torch.

So it has that deep burgundy color, so that depth really addsa lot.

So, in a way, it's a little bit like designing a room because you're dealing withcolor and texture and form, and you're contrasting that to create visual interest.

Now, you see,I've cut everything off at the same length.

And as I build the bouquet, I just do it likethis.

It does like like a bouquet.

It does look like a bouquet.

A nosegay.

It does looklike one — you could hold.

But we're gonna be able to drop it into this or any sort ofvessel.

So you actually create your floral arrangement outside of the water? Outsideof the water and hold it like that.

Now, sometimes you can take the floral foam or oasis andyou put it in there and you'll do it in a more classic way.

You know, putting each stemin.

But these, I tend to build in the beginning just as a bouquet, and turn it around makesure that everything is equally distributed.

Can I just say that I love the fact that you'vegot so many different depths, because some of your solid pieces are deep down.

Down inhere.

Creating that ball.

That's right.

You look at it and you see through it to differentlayers.

It's nice.

That's a perfect observation, and that's what you want.

And then you cancome in over here and add some of these beautiful Coxcomb — see how much larger that pieceis? Yeah, that's beautiful.

And I'm just gonna keep rotating this — I'm gonna add some more.

Here's a really big one there.

Look at that.

What about some of these gourds? I think it'dbe perfect.

What don't you make some.

For this time of year.

Yep.

So, what I would dois then begin to slide some of these in like this, you see.

And does it matter where yougourd it? You don't wanna do it like because it looks like a balloon.

Well, you could hurtyourself that way.

Just in the side.

Oh my, that's hard.

Yep, pierce it.

Here, I was makingfun that I didn't think that was any big deal.

Go ahead and slide that in there.

There yougo.

Gourd piercing is an art.

It as art.

You see, look at those.

That's cool.

See how muchbolder it's becoming? And I'm gonna add little bit more of this gorgeous Coxcomb.

Okay, lookat that.

Isn't that beautiful? Yeah, it's great.

See how the boldness is really comingthrough? And I think that's what you want.

You see, we could even add some of these littleZinnias that we grew here in the garden.

Look at that.

Okay, I love those because they combineboth the orange and the pink together.

Right, right, right.

Such a great look.

So let'ssee if we can't get some of those in there.

Loosen your gripe, dude.

Ah, apparently no.

Well, we'll put back in here.

There you go.

And once you've got that sort of in place,you can see, it begins to fall into place very naturally.

I think that's gonna lookamazing.

And now we can add just a few of these little Zinnias that you like so much.

We start with really clean, cool water.

Okay.

Because I don't want things to — I don'twant them too warm.

If the plants need to open up or the flowers need to open up, thewater can be just warm, slightly warm.

I have a question.

Yeah.

You have a pumpkin herethat's already been carved out and there's actually water in it.

Uh huh.

Is that forthe purpose that potentially this could be taken really for a harvest or a Halloweentime? Do you think I might of had that in mind? Well, I don't know, but I think it'sa brilliant idea and I'll take that one.

Okay, alright.

I just saw it sitting here — couldyou take this and transfer it into the pumpkin and use that as your vase of sorts? The otherpart of this is you can get creative with the containers, so you're absolutely right.

Yay, I love that.

Now we can lift this out of this form.

Of course, it'd be beautifulin that.

And we can drop it in here.

Okay.

Into the pumpkin that's filled with water.

Now that's fabulous.

Look at the that.

Look at those colors.

Fabulous.

Isn't that fun?And these purple or these burgundy leaves are what make it.

The Coleus.

Love this.

Ohmy gosh.

Isn't that great? You can take it home with you.

I'll take it on the plane.

Absolutely.

Love it.

And then, Rebecca, just to finish it off, I'm using just the endsof these little grasses, which are so adorable.

Are they great? Yeah, great texture.

Hey,Rebecca and I are doing some fun things together, several projects.

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So you really like the colors? I do.

It matches you.

Thank you.

I did thaton purpose.

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