One of my favourite things about being a wedding photographer is witnessing the talents of all of the other vendors involved especially the floral designers. I am super blessed to have become friends with a few of these talented folks and my admiration of their talent only increases the more I learn about their craft. I am a floral dabbler. I love the flowers in my garden, I love growing them, waiting for them to bloom, and then picking them and arranging them. I would say my favourite arrangements are ones with wildflowers, interesting and unusual greenery, unexpected combinations, and an organized looseness if that makes any sense! This past Thanksgiving we visited one of my favourite gardens at the home where I grew up, the place my mom and dad first built while living in a tent, the house where I had baths in the living room claw-foot tub as a baby, and the home my dad and step-mom have made into a fully modern beautiful home with an incredible garden. They are gardeners in every sense of the word. The seedlings are started inside in winter as their growing season is short. Flowers are all mixed in with the veggies and some things are allowed to grow a little wild. Right now it is the hollyhocks – they have sort of taken over this year. The seeds came from great-grandparents farm property in Ontario and like the Ontarion ex-pat who planted them they are pretty happy out in rural BC. My favourite holiday at this home is Thanksgiving. Leaves are yellow, the lake is not yet frozen, the air smells like leaves and earth, it is just warm enough to take the canoe out, and if you are lucky there are still some good finds in the garden. I have always made the Thanksgiving centrepiece. For as long as I can remember I would go foraging for supplies in the garden and woods, stop in the work shop to fashion something interesting to put them in or with (we all remember the prototype for log candle holders that did what wood does and burns when close to fire…) This year a poplar that was too close to the house was cut down and I asked dad to cut one of the log rounds in half. I then took the drill and with a 1″ bit I drilled holes about 2 inches apart along the top. I then used a smaller bit to drill small holes along both sides of the original holes. I then went to the garden and forest and gathered an assortment of wild grasses, greenery, rose hips, marigolds, black eyed susan, hollyhocks, queen anne’s lace, echinacea, a little boleet mushroom you can’t quite see, and more that I don’t know the names for. This is rare as sometimes there is snow over thanksgiving so it was unusual to have so many flowers still blooming this late in the season. The images below is the result. It took about 20 minutes start to finish and I am so proud of how this turned out that I needed to blog it and share it with you and my flower friends! I have also included a few pics from around the way that weekend. Now all the flowers are gone and snow has moved into the garden so we wait for spring to see them again.