These are things I saved from last year...dried okra pods and magnolia cones. I mixed them in with a natural-looking pick for an arrangement on the entry chest.
This morning, I walked outside to see what free goodies there might be this year.
The Dusty Miller and Autumn Joy are almost ready to pick for drying. The Northern Sea Oats are beginning to turn an "oat color".
This is the first time I've grown Northern Sea Oats, so I'll have to watch them to see if they dry on the plant.
Thankfully, last year's dried hydrangeas still look pretty good.
This year, our hydrangea blooms were few and far between.
Acorns, rose hips, pine cones and hickory nuts are ready to be gathered...at least the ones the squirrels haven't gnawed on.
Here's a nice piece of bark covered with moss and lichens.
Nandina, Magnolia, Rose of Sharon pods and oak leaf hydrangea.
Actually, the Oak Leaf Hydrangea is past it's prime, but I might find a place for it in an outdoor arrangement on the deck.
This is definitely NOT ready.
Sorry for the blurred pic, but I didn't want to get any closer to the wasp's nest. It's under the deck, and I'm going to "gather" it when the wasps are finished with it.
All these materials were/are free, except the okra pods, which I bought. If you live in the South, you can grow okra and dry it, but for some reason, I never have.
Hope y'all have a great weekend, and happy gathering.
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