Denise does the decorating at one of Galion's historic homes, The Bishop Brown Cottage. For fall, she decided to forage for natural plants and asked me to go along with her.
Along an abandoned railway, we were on the hunt for bittersweet, which dries to a deep orange center with a bright orange outer layer that peels back as it dries. We did find a small amount, which would have been disappointing except that we found loads of rose hips.
Rose hips are the berries of wild roses. They are rich in vitamin c. Tea can be made from the berries, but I've never attempted to make it. Maybe I'll thy this method from e-how food. Rose hip tea can be bought at health food stores.
When gathering wild things such as rose hips to use for decorative purposes, it is extremely important to not take it all, because these are foods that birds eat during the winter months.
Bittersweet and rose hips are beautiful in fall arrangements. Use caution when gathering wild plants. Long pants will help guard against poison ivy and protect your legs from scratches. Gloves are important because even though different types of rose hips have different kinds of thorns, they are all prickly! But most of all, enjoy the weather and have fun!
When you are home, old canning jars, flower pots, baskets of all sorts, and grapevine wreaths are but a few items to use as base supports. What ideas can you think of for making natural fall decorations?
Marcheta *(rose) hip to be natural