I’m in an autumn harvest state of mind with thoughts of crisp red apples, green brown leaves and {white!} pumpkins. Even though here in California the weather is hanging on to summer, the early mornings and evenings have that crispness in the air I love.




Today I’ll show you how to create an easy floral arrangement in an antique tureen with roses, cuttings from your garden, and apples.



Welcome to this FLORAL FRIDAY!


If you came here via my friends Pam, Mary or Shirley,

I hope that you will stay awhile and visit again more often, I love having you!




I’ll be sharing the links to my friends beautiful floral arrangements using apples at the bottom of this post.



For this arrangement, I picked the very last of our Annabelle hydrangeas from the garden, they were already practically dried on the plant.  I cut the very last leaves that were just starting to turn.


I gathered some bloomed out butterfly bush stems from the back garden, and the cuttings from the sedum that were dark because they had bloomed already.  Autumn is the time of year when those darker, spent blossoms can be used to great effect in an arrangement…and it’s like getting another thrill ride out of your flowers and bushes.




I envisioned using an antique transfer ware ironstone tureen with a brown design as my base, and luckily still had one from my shop.


I put in a left-over piece of florist foam to give enough sturdiness for the apple picks that I wanted to add.


When using florist foam, it needs to soak at least for 1/2 hour in water, be sure not to force it down, you want to float it on the water, it will sink down when it has absorbed enough water.  A longer soak is preferable, but 30 minutes works if you are always anxious to begin like I am.



Because I didn’t have a large enough piece of foam, I anchored it to the tureen with my florist tape, then filled the rest of the tureen with water.


I’m using inexpensive wood skewers {the kind you buy for barbecueing} to stick the apples on.  I began by inserting the beautiful leaves of my Annabelle hydrangea, and then started to add the roses, next came the fluffy green hydrangeas.



The spent blossoms of the butterfly bush are almost black, surprisingly they still smell delicious!


I love all these autumnal colors together, don’t you?



This is a quick and easy way to add a little bit fall beauty around your home! Don’t overthink this, just keep your mix of foliage and flowers loose and casual, inserting stems wherever you find a space.


I love how these colors go so beautifully with our new tapers in that delicious Le Marron color, a deep chocolate brown.



You can use any kind of tureen, or bowl with the same effect.  Don’t forget to check the water level if your tureen or bowl is shallow, since flowers can be quite thirsty!



Thank you so much for your visit!



Antique Transferware Tureen | Taper Candles Gift Set Le Marron | Miniature Chest of Drawers



Please click on my FLORAL FRIDAY friend’s links, below, to see more autumn beauty with flowers and apples.



MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs

PAM at Everyday Living

LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse

à bientôt




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  1. Lidy, Your transferware ironstone tureen makes the perfect vessel for your flower arrangement. I love your combination roses, apples, garden flowers and foliage. I love brown transferware this time of year and I had to pop over and take a closer look at your handsome 19th century tureen…swoon! I’m in a harvest state of mind too and your post has me longing for crisp, cool autumn days! Thank you for another beautiful edition of Floral Friday!

    1. Mary, I love, love and love your urn with apples and flowers from today. I was so thankful that you were safe and sound while Florence banged about your state…I wish you a beautiful and peaceful weekend, my dear friend. xo Lidy

  2. Happy Floral Friday Lidy….OK, let’s start with the gorgeous antique brown transferware tureen…perfection for a most amazing Fall arrangement. I love that you still have some great flowers from your garden that you incorporated so beautifully into that exquisite arrangement fit to be in a grand chateau in France!…I am always in awe of your creations Lidy and so happy to be a part of Floral Fridays with you. Have a great weekend!

  3. Happy Floral Friday Shirley! Thank you so much for loving my fall arrangement, the dark colors of the spent blossoms from the garden are the perfect addition to the bright pop of roses and hydrangeas . I hope you have a very fun weekend! xo Lidy

  4. Lidy, what an absolutely gorgeous floral/apple arrangement! The antique brown transfer ware tureen makes a stunning statement with your flowers and greenery from your garden. I am also smitten with the miniature chest. I love to see my garden take on the shades of autumn. I can’t wait for cooler temps, it has been in the 90’s all week. It is always a pleasure to join you for an edition of Floral Friday as you inspire such beauty. Have a lovely weekend sweet friend???

  5. Thank you so much Pam! It’s such a joy to join you for Floral Friday! I love seeing our garden take on the deeper shades of autumn too. It was quite a surprise that the spent blossoms of the butterfly bush still smell so heavenly! I will try to use more “spent” blooms in arrangements, they are still so beautiful. Happy weekend to you, dear friend.

  6. noreen

    Lidy, I love your gorgeous autumn display, think I will play around with fruit and flowers/foliage for my next arrangement! Your tureen is the perfect vessel for this arrangement!

  7. OH, I hope you do, Noreen! I love adding fruit to flowers, grapes, pears and oranges work so beautifully too. Happy weekend! Lidy

  8. Thank you Shannon! I love the colors of fall too! Hope your weekend is gorgeous!

  9. Donna Milazzo

    Just beautiful Lidy! I cut my dry Annabelle and other hydrangea blooms about a week ago and they are so pretty! Fall colors for sure. I am also loving our cooler SoCal mornings and evenings!

    1. Donna, I love the Annabelle. She is new to us, I’m hoping that she will continue to do well…because her light green blooms are spectacular, aren’t they? Thank you for visiting me, and leaving a sweet comment. Happy weekend to you!

  10. So beautiful Lidy, I love the colors you chose, and the fat roses mimic the soft red apples! Thank you for the detailed tutorial of how you assembled this stunning arrangement, you are always an inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much, Jenna, I didn’t used to be a fan of oranges, but now I find I quite love them! Happy weekend, friend.

  11. Good morning , Lidy fall is definitely here in the northwest . The last few days have been beautiful , crisp and sunny
    Rain coming this week end . Your fall arrangement is just beautiful . You are so talented and I look forward to your posts . I think your posts are so interesting and informative , and beautiful as well . Thank you for inspiring me . Have a great day . Chris

  12. Chris, thank you so much! I can’t wait for more of the same crisp sunny days that you have. Hope you have a stellar weekend!

  13. Lidy, that is a gorgeous arrangement! Always one to want to use my vintage things, I love that you do that too (I could actually recreate that with items I have!). It’s always nice to add garden items on hand too, and I love those candles, they’re so richly autumn!
    Happy fall and have a pleasant weekend!

  14. Thanks so much, Rita! You could easily recreate this arrangement in any kind of tureen or lower container.

    I actually surprised myself for wanting to add spent blooms, but I ended up loving the end result!

    Hope your weekend is wonderful too!


  15. Hello, Lidy,

    What gorgeous arrangements! Beautiful flowers make my heart beat just a little faster and always bring a smile!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Marmelade Gypsy the other day. Lovely to meet you!

    1. Hi Jeanie, it is lovely to meet you too! Hope you are having a gorgeous weekend, xo

  16. Lidy, what a beautiful welcome to autumn. Your arrangement is outstanding and love the candlestick and candle you chose. Your posts are always perfection. I love your writing Lidy. It is so much a part of blogging…we get to know a person through their words!

    1. Thank you so much, Dianne, you are so sweet to say that. I love that about blogging too, it does allow us
      to get to know each other!

  17. Lidy, Your beautiful transferware terrene is perfect for your elegant fall arrangement. I love the autumn joy sedum and dried blossoms with the gorgeous coral roses, hydrangeas, and apples.
    Glad you are having some touches of fall weather. I am so ready for the pleasant days of fall. It has been extremely hot here.
    I enjoy Floral Friday. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Bobbi Duncan

    Lidy, this is a beautiful and elegant fall arrangement! I just love how you thought to use the spent blossoms to really incorporate an autumn feel. Just stunning!

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