Decorating With Nature

I wanted to do a quick post to show you my latest Fall addition. 
 The Osage Oranges (aka Hedge Apples) were collected off the ground at a local restaurant…with permission of course.  I just love the color and texture of these. 
The hydrangeas were free and picked from a bush owned by a sweet antique/junk dealer.  At his home he has a small shed and another larger building full of things for sell. You just pull in his driveway and he comes outside and unlocks the buildings for you.  I asked if I could pick a couple of the Hydrangeas and he ended up giving me about a dozen to dry.
A couple of branches from our yard were added and the result is a free Fall arrangement
courtesy of Mother Nature.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you at the Open House Party Wednesday evening.  I have
a fabulous home for us to tour this week.
Also,  check back in a couple of days when I will have a wonderful GIVEAWAY just in time
for Christmas shopping.

48 thoughts on “Decorating With Nature”

  1. Hi Sherry, Love your arrangements. Beautiful colors and beautifully photographed. I'm waiting for a "certain" tree to drop its lovely green oranges.

  2. Sherry, I just the other day gathered some osage oranges from a road nearby. Thye were just lying on the ground at the side of the road. I love what you did, it looks beautiful! Nothing beats FREE either!!! XO, Pinky

  3. We call those Hedge Apples here in Missouri as they came off trees that we call Hedge trees, They are good trees to use for farm fench post as they are hard and will last for centuries. I look forward to them every year in the fall. Thanks for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House

  4. Hi Sherry…

    My friend, your newest autumn vignette is simply delicious! No one can do autumn better than nature herself! I love the bright green of the hedge apples. Would love to get my hands on a few. You know, I have never seen them…other than in photos. I wonder how long they last? Anyway, your autumn vignette really is gorgeous and your photos are spectacular, dear friend! Thank you for sharing with us!

    Warmest autumn wishes,

  5. I have to go out on the side of a four lane highway to collect osage oranges Sherry, sure wish I could just drive up to a restaurant. Your arrangement is beautiful and the price sure is right. Thanks for sharing.

  6. That is such a gorgeous arrangement for Fall! I love using things from the yard to decorate with. I think it's more special that way. Love those osage oranges too.

  7. Sherry, I, too, like to use hedge apples for fall decor, but there are non to be found here this year. I suppose the drought and severe heat may be the reason.
    Like the way you filled the glass container. Clever idea.

  8. Nice arrangement! I've been meaning to ask you if you would host a "Whats on your bakers rack " party soon I dont have a mantle but I do have a bakers rack and of course I love yours and watch it for inspiration. Just a thought…

  9. Sherry, I'm so happy to know that I'm not the only one who picks up hedge apples off of someone else's property! In Kansas I'd help my neighbor out by taking a boatload, and here in IL my dear husband has stopped and picked up tons of them by the side of the road. I LOVE decorating wth them! Your display is beautiful.


  10. What a beautiful arrangement! Love all the colors and the green oranges/apples…love them! I've never seen them before, but love the color and texture…they add so much to your arrangement!

  11. Sherry, I just love the hedge apples! What a beautiful arrangement and for free! What a doll he was to give you ht hydrangeas! I collected my last roses before the final frost, couldn't let them go to waste! I love having real arrangements in the house. It looks so great with the lanterns too.

  12. Sherry,
    So pretty and I love that it's all natural. I've never heard of hedge apples, are the the round, moss covered spheres? I don't think we have them in California.
    Love the hydrangea and branches of fall leaves.

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