The Autumn Flower

The Autumn Flower

Autumn…a season that captivates the senses. Rich, bold colors of red and gold leaves mixed with the fading green that we called summer. Fall is about harvest, abundance and a time to begin going within to prepare for the long winter months ahead.

Alongside the road, cattails, millet and bittersweet berries beckon us; evoking the desire to pick pumpkins, sip hot cider and begin planning the upcoming holidays. And, of course,  mums….the glorious fall flower that introduces us to the change of season. Vibrant yellow, china white, rustic reds and browns. It’s hard to pass by a market without placing one in your basket, all the while envisioning this harvest display of pumpkins and flowers on the front  porch welcoming trick or treaters. Some interesting facts about this very versatile flower:

Next to the rose the chrysanthemum is one of the most popular flowers in the world. Chrysanthemums are tropical flowers native to Asia and northeastern Europe. They were first introduced to the Western world in the 17th century. These flowers contain a chemical called pyrethrum which helps naturally repels most bugs. In Feng Shui these flowers are believed to bring happiness and laughter. Often used in both Eastern and Western cultures medicinally, these flowers are brewed in teas, used as a relaxant, helps head congestion and strengthens lungs. Chrysanthemums have a very long vase life, often 2 weeks and beyond. Leaves will die first so be sure to snip off old leaves so flowers stay looking fresh.

And finally, a quote to ponder on this delightful flower:

“Every year, in November, at the season that follows the hour of the dead, the crowning and majestic hours of autumn, I go to visit the chrysanthemums … They are indeed, the most universal, the most diverse of flowers.”

-Maurice Maeterlinck (Table Tops Etc)

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Melissa Lewis – Owner/Floral Designer Flowers have been Melissa’s passion – either as a designer or an owner – for over two decades. Melissa opened her first shop called The Rose Petaler in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1992 after working for an Ecuadorian family in Boston learning the rose trade. Her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from The Colorado College taught her many valuable skills about owning and operating a small business. She successfully sold the company in 2001 to spend more time with her children. Unable to stay away for too long, Melissa purchased Table Tops, Etc. in April 2003 from a friend she worked for following her short hiatus. She has been designing fabulous events – from lavish soirees and intimate anniversary parties to three-day conferences and 800-guest weddings – and has an amazing following! Over 2,100 executed events over the course of her carrier! “I have a confession to make! When I was seven years old and living in Marblehead, Massachusetts, I stole tulips from our public gardens as a Mother’s Day gift. That was the beginning . . . and it’s only grown from there. Lilacs from my neighbors’ gardens would find their way to vases throughout my home each season. And, each year on my vacations back East, I would dry sea lavender plucked from the New England shores and moss dug from the damp Maine forests – just to add a little something special to client arrangements. I love flowers. I have always loved flowers. I can’t tell you what a joy it is to have the opportunity to work with them every day – and share them with others!” If you have any questions, please email Melissa directly at

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