While visiting friends in Saratoga Springs recently, I was given an assignment to make a flower arrangement from what I could find in the woods. I had total access to forage from a large yard. Delightfully, I found things I don’t even know the names of, and rediscovered my love of foliage. There was Fern and Mint, Soloman’s Seal and Wild Rose greens. And I loved the waning yellows of Peony foliage. I picked ripe Raspberries on the vine and Crab Apple boughs laden with late summer’s shrunken fruits. Deep, claret-red Amaranthus married the berried reds and seemed to call to the late summer rusts to follow. For now, I feel gratitude for summer’s abundance.
Flower arrangement and photography Beth Horta for Sweet Sabelle.