Summer is over and thoughts of icy cold, dreary winter weather are lurking, weighing some spirits down, I have a severe allergic response to cold weather, I am not thrilled. So how do I deal with it? I revel in Winter and Christmas. Autumn, filled with golden yellows, bright oranges, savoury russets and browns, helped us transition to winter.

So often it seems we are in a rush to pack the summer things away and jump right into the holidays. However, we need this transitional period. Autumn mixes a potent medicinal cocktail of spirit-lifting colour, sensual textures, scents and intriguing shapes. The changing colours of the trees’ foliage and all these elements combined provide the curative effects to prepare us for cold and flu season.

We can create winter decorations for your home and deliver seasonal flowers to bring season’s joy to loved ones. Some festive options:

• A clear glass bowl filled with winter leaves, green foliage and a little bird, or a cute trio of flowering mum plants sitting on the table sets the tone for the season.

• Another idea for a centrepiece or gift involves burlap, one of today’s hottest trend pieces. The course texture and earthy neutral colour can work in many situations. A contemporary glass cube wrapped with a band of burlap, decorated with a cluster of wired buttons and filled with seasonal flowers, such as sunflowers, dahlias, grasses and berries, guarantees smiles.

• Hang a wreath of vine enhanced with a flourish of fall-coloured ribbon and a cluster of Indian corn on the door or over the mantle provides a warm welcome to guests for those heart-warming get together.

• Topiary of yellow and orange alstroemeria or bright sunflowers in an earthenware container makes for a perfect side table design or hostess gift. A touch of raffia, twine or ribbon in fall colours finishes the look.

We can all use a good dose of floral joy to keep our spirits healthy and happy.

To view our full winter and christmas flower collections please visit our website www.mallowflowers.com - orders can be placed online for delivery in Cork and nationwide throughout Ireland.