With the turning of the calendar page I decided it was time to accept the fact that summer was pretty much a thing of the past. Cooler temperatures have arrived along with shorter days. Seems like everyone has been busy getting their homes decorated for fall so decided it was about time I did the same.

As I’ve been cleaning up the garden I’ve picked and saved anything at all that I thought would dry nicely. I dug out a door basket I had bought years ago and went to work to make something festive and fall like for the front door.


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Basket of Dried Flowers / Sensible Gardening and Living


Basket Frame / Sensible Gardening and Living


I started with the taller stems of yellow yarrow, ornamental grass flower heads and oriental poppy seed heads.


Dried Yarrow and Grass Stems / Sensible Gardening and Living


Dried Poppy Seed Heads / Sensible Gardening and Living


Next I added some spiked eryngium and allium seed heads.


Dried Eryingium / Sensible Gardening and Living


For a little colour and fragrance I had lavender stems, echinacea blooms and fluffy white seed heads of gallardia. 


Lavender Dried Stems / Sensible Gardening and Living


To fill in the empty spaces I added a few sprigs of white baby’s breath. It looks great and didn’t cost me a penny.


Door Decor / Sensible Gardening and Living


I  had also dried tall stems of my pineapple plant (Centaurea macrocephala) which looked good standing in my tin watering can. I gathered up a few other items I had and ended up with an inviting seasonal entrance.


Dried Centaurea m. / Sensible Gardening and Living


Fall Front Door / Sensible Gardening and Living


Ornamental Kale / Sensible Gardening and Living


For suggestions on great plants for drying visit my post BRINGING YOUR GARDEN INDOORS