If you keep fall’s foliage cool and slightly moist, it will linger longer before turning crisp. And don’t overlook the asters along the roadside. As you whiz by at 55 mph, they might not look like much. But pull over, cut a few bunches, bundle them together, and those tiny flowers will harmonize to add volume in unison.
Always honor the rules associated with gathering. Be sure to pluck only from massive stands rather than hoarding where wildflowers are growing by onesies and twosies. Go where the broadloom is bountiful and there’s a surplus for all creatures—including you. Be sure to leave plenty of blossoms to set seeds, and spare seed heads to fall wherever you reap. Better still, grow ornamental grasses (Pennisetum is particularly textural), grains (such as amaranth), and berries (like viburnum and winterberry) to harvest, and share with nature’s other foragers. Celebrate the natural cornucopia, and wrap your home in its fleecy warmth. Do it today—tomorrow it might be gone.