Amazing Autumn

Autumn is a time of notable grandeur
Etched in colors of red, yellow, and gold.
Each tree is dressed in a coat of splendor,
A vivid treasure to always behold.
               Autumn Grandeur by Joseph T. Renaldi

At Bo-Ty Florist, we’re excited when the seasons change and we begin to use the colors and flowers associated with each one, whether it’s the sweet pastels of tulips and daffodils in the Spring, bright colors of zinnias and garden roses in Summer, or the happy hues of Christmas followed by cheerful hyacinths and amaryllis in the Winter.

The Autumn brings its own palette of brilliant yellows, reds, oranges, and golds, and we enjoy all the varieties of chrysanthemums and sunflowers along with great choices in roses, fall lilies, and many other flowers available in beautiful colors of the season.

 

We really love to dress up plants and arrangements with
gourds and pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables of the harvest, as well as wheat, cattails, and colorful foliage.Croton plants, with their variegated  leaves in vivid fall tones are a particular favorite this time of year.

All the way up to Thanksgiving Bo-Ty Florist celebrates the cornucopia of Autumn’s produce, including fresh flowers and plants!  And we try hard not to let this magnificent season get overshadowed by Christmas, as wonderful and magic as it is.

Nathaniel Hawthorne said “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” 

Relish in this Amazing Autumn, and all the beauty it brings.

 

The Dixie Classic Fair

For many years local florists have participated in a design competition at the Dixie Classic Fair.  A professional class was established and each year there are six categories with four entries in each. The participants all belong to the Winston-Salem Florists Association, an organization of retail and wholesale florists including members from the surrounding area.

The theme of the fair this year was “Everyone’s a Hero.”  Categories for the competition were all built around this theme and included a sympathy tribute to a fallen hero, a corsage for a teacher, a bouquet for the wedding of a favorite super-hero, an arrangement for a new-born “future hero,” a plant and gourmet basket featuring Texas Pete and Green Mountain Gringo® food items, and the Della Stevens design, a floral interpretation of the American flag.

The designers at Bo-Ty Florist had seven entries this year because some of the WSFA members were unable to participate. We were excited to bring home two blue ribbons, as well as several third place ribbons.

The fair awards monetary prizes that go to the Association; it is our major fund raiser every year.  One of the main things we do with the funds is to decorate a tree for the Festival of Trees, a holiday tradition that benefits patients and programs at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.