Wow….it is hard to believe that it is time for November’s Monthly Garden Bouquet.  I remember last month’s bouquet like it was yesterday.  What is it about the holidays that seems to speed up our perception of time?

I am busy getting ready for Thanksgiving since it will be held at my house.  We typically alternate celebrating Thanksgiving each year – one year with my family in California and the alternating years here at home with my husband’s family.  We were due to celebrate in California this year at my sister’s house, but due to unforseen circumstances, we are celebrating it here which is fine with me – I like an excuse to cook and bake.  What I don’t like is having to clean before and after 😉
 

With Thanksgiving in mind, my bouquet this month is a centerpiece for the table.  I must admit right now that this bouquet was NOT created by me or even made up of flowers from my garden.  This bouquet graced the table of the breakfast table at our Bed & Breakfast where we stayed in Amish Country in Lancaster, PA.

The gardens surrounding the house were just beautiful and these were the last Dahlias of the season.  I love how they are displayed in a shallow container because it shows the detail and beauty of each individual flower.
Notice the saying in front?  
I am sure we can all think of something we are thankful for, whether it be family, friends, a job, your health or a roof over your head.  It is easy to focus on what we don’t have or what is wrong in our lives – I know that I certainly am guilty of those feelings from time to time. 
But I do have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving 🙂
**Okay, about this month’s MGB.  Some of you in colder climates may think you have nothing in your garden to display for November’s Monthly Garden Bouquet.  But, if you think outside of the box, you might be surprised at what you may find.

 For those of you who are fortunate enough to have some autumn leaves left – how about creating a bouquet using fall foliage and seed pods?

Back in February, my blogger friend, Balisha, created this bouquet from her Illinois garden.  
As you can see, you do not have to have a garden full of colorful flowers to create a bouquet.  I love the shape and textures of Balisha’s bouquet.
If you would like to participate in this month’s MGB, here are the guidelines:
1. MGB begins on the 21st of each month and runs until the end of each month. Bouquets can be submitted during this time (or even later 🙂 
2. Create your own garden bouquet as fancy or simple as you like.
3. I would appreciate it if you would provide a link back to my post inside of your MGB post, but it is not required 🙂 
4. Add your link to Mr. Linky below and that’s it! 

It can be as simple or fancy as you like.  Each month, I cannot wait to see what you all come up with.




Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

9 replies
  1. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    Noelle ~ I too love to cook and bake but hate the clean up afterwards.

    I love the 'be thankful' piece on the table and the bouquet was lovely. You've got me wondering what I can use as a centerpiece bouquet.

    Have a lovely holiday.

    FlowerLady

  2. Curbstone Valley Farm
    Curbstone Valley Farm says:

    The first floral is very pretty, but I really like the more wild and rustic arrangement your friend from Illinois crafted. There's beauty in the garden, somewhere, year around.

    I agree, we all have something to be Thankful for, and although Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on that, I think it's important to remind ourselves more than just once a year of what we have to be Thankful for.

  3. Rose
    Rose says:

    I was going to say there was nothing left in my garden to make a bouquet from, but Balisha has proved me wrong–what a lovely arrangement!

    I do enjoy cooking for a big family dinner, but don't enjoy the cleaning up before or after either. Sometimes I wonder why I bother beforehand, because once the house is full of kids, no one notices the dust:)

    Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, Noelle!

  4. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    Hi Noelle,
    It's thanksgiving time and I have something to be thankful for…this morning I found my winter bouquet featured here on your blog. Many thanks. I just put my November bouquet up. This is such fun…I hope it continues.
    I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving together.I'll be looking forward to hearing all about it next week. Have a fun time with the kids.
    Balisha

  5. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA
    Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA says:

    I'm not sure if it's OK to post a bouquet I recently posted but actually made in September of late roses. It's so pretty and from my garden that I thought you might like to see it.

    Also, not sure what link I should use as the main blog link doesn't bring people to the bouquets. Should I just use this November's link?

    Thanks, Sara

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