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Fillers for Your Autumn Flower Bouquets

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

Fillers for your autumn flower bouquets

When the temperatures start to drop and the nights get longer than the days, it's easy to see the effects of autumn setting in. The sun will rise later in the day and sets earlier in the evening which, along with the temperature changes, sends the signal to plants to prepare for colder weather. Many people think that the falling leaves is a sign that they will no longer have as many choices when it comes to autumn flower arrangement foliage.

Cost is usually one of the top factors when choosing flowers. The same goes for foliage. Some types of foliage can cost more than others which is why it's important to make sure that you check the prices of your flowers along with the greenery. As for vase fillers, they too can vary in price. However, if you take a look around, nature often has just the answer you need. Some examples include pine cones, acorns, and other dry or artificial decorations that suit the autumn theme.

While acorns look best in their natural state, pine cones can be painted various colours like gold or silver. Small, unpeeled onions also make excellent vase fillers thanks to their colour and texture. That said, if you do use fresh produce, it's a good idea to use two vases. Place a smaller vase inside a larger one. The flowers will be in water inside the inner vase. The vase fillers can then fill up the space between the two vases.

Another great idea is to use fresh fruit slices such as apples, lemons, and limes. Some berries are also popular but you might want to opt for the artificial variety rather than fresh berries. This is because berries tend to go bad relatively quickly. Even more so if they are submerged in a vase with water.

Stringy or thin grass-like foliage can also be used to fill a vase. This type of filler can encourage bacterial growth in the vase water. This is why you should always use a flower preservative to slow bacterial growth. You will also need to change the water more frequently.

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