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 of these rather dainty especially against the blowsy dahlias.  So this week features a finely textured arrangement with some of the other flowers blooming right now.


The vase is extra special too with a lovely blue color and embossed looking swirls. It’s vintage art pottery.

Week 39 – Dahlia Madness

I never tire of dahlias – their endless color and bloom shape. This year I went overboard on a certain color, positive the summer brides would want it. Well, I guessed wrong! But there’s a silver lining in that I get the dahlias in my garden and my house bouquets.

Here they are in a simple colored canning jar.


The key to getting a good vase life out of dahlias is to cut them early  (or very late in the day),  put the cut stems in 2-3″ of near boiling water and let call. Cut them to the length you want.

These dahlias were ready for their close-up.


Week 38 — Whoops, where did the time go

I see that my last post was quite awhile ago, which is too bad as much has been going on in the garden.  And much has been going on in the world of weddings and events.

It was necessary for me to do a mock up of a table arrangement with what I had in the garden at the time. This actually dates from a week or so after my last post.  The container is a simple green plastic rectangle that you can’t see much of which of course is the point!


hydrangeas, hostas, dahlias, ferns and a few odds and ends.


Week 37 – Heat wave, heat break


When I went out in the cool of the evening tonight, I didn’t know what I would pick. I started with hosta leaves and a white hydrangea and ended up with all manner of pinks and purples. I’m arranging a wedding this weekend and wanted to save the reds and oranges for when I need them.

Featured flowers in the garden besides all manner of hydrangeas include lilies and alstromeria.  Different lilies have been blooming throughout the month scenting the air with their deep fragrance.

The white vase is a vintage wide mouth vessel I have had for years and years.