A few post back I had mentioned that I was unable to find “real” bittersweet, I have a few branches of the fake kind, which looks really realistic, but I wanted to have some of the real stuff.
My daughter is a floral designer and the other day she came home from work with a large bundle of it! She did not know if she was going to be able to find some, but she did. I was so excited, like a child on Christmas morning!
I put the cellophane wrapped bundle on the dining room table, trying to remove it with damaging the stems with the beautiful bright orange berries and bright yellow casings. The entire time my daughter kept saying, “you better do this outside”. . .once I tore the wrapping of I knew why, the berries and the yellow casings and dried leaves went all over the table and floor. This stuff is beautiful, it just screams out AUTUNM. . .but it is certainly messy to work with. I had a lot of fun sticking the branches here and there throughout the house.
I really love how it looks, but I do not like the mess it makes when you decide you are going to move it from one place to another. The worse was when our Pug found some of the berries and was trying to eat them, luckily we got them out of her mouth. I read and was told that it can be very harmful if ingested. The above photo was the one arrangement she decided to snack on, I have since move it up high. Next year I will be better prepared if she can get me more. I am in love with bittersweet, its beauty out shines the mess it can make.
I now have tiny and large branches of bittersweet all around my home!
May you never have too many bittersweet moments!