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 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 11: Thanks, giving

I have had this vessel for years.  It looks like a squash, very organic.  It makes a good container for the Thanksgiving holiday arrangement.   The finished product contains the “fruits” of the garden, the fruits of harvest. I’m grateful there’s enough still available that I can put together an appropriate table arrangement. Rose hips, […]