Mumvember: Focus on flowers

Once again (hooray) I was part of the Lan Su Garden Ninth Moon celebration, a juried show of floral design.  As usual there were some fabulous, fabulous pieces but I wanted to focus on the blooms themselves not the structure or cleverness of design.  For that reason, I highlighted just a few blossoms, some of […]

Week 45: New vessel

I can’t quite for the like of me figure out how I’ve gotten so behind on my 52 week challenge.  I know I missed some weeks for traveling and the like but had I been on track, the year would have been over in September.  Nonetheless, I still have some vases and vessels to feature […]

Week 44 Unusual suspects

  One of the things I love about this time of year is that it encourages (forces?) me to look at my garden differently, finding things that are not usually considered arrangement material. This piece, in a hand made, raku fired vase, feature typical things and a-typical ones.  The Chinese lanterns are a very usual […]

Weeks 41 and 42: Not quite gone to seed

A month’s hiatus means that the incredible lushness of the garden has gone undocumented.  The rush of August weddings and events, and September travel, means I have come back to a slightly desiccated although still verdant garden where the dahlias and abutilon are going wild, the vegetables reaching the end of their life, and trees […]

Week 40 – Not everything in the garden is dahlias

Wedding work and the hot weather are wreaking a little bit of havoc with my fine tuned plan for one arrangement per week. There is still plenty blooming in the garden chiefly dahlias but some scattered annuals and perennials like loosestrife (captured in a pot), clematis, snapdragons, Alstromeria, agastache, abutilon, fuschia and the like, many […]