Thinking outside the bouquet for Valentine’s

With the possible exception of ordering out of season flowers for a wedding, flowers for Valentines (especially roses)  are at their most expensive peak. Yet giving and receiving flowers creates a lovely romantic dance that we should all engage in – even if it is just with ourselves. I’ve pulled together five tips on gifting […]

52 Vases: Week 7 – Plain vessels, stunning flowers

Although I’m determined to highlight seasonal flowers and foliage from my personal garden, I was in the Midwest for most of the week and needed to resort to purchased flowers as my mom doesn’t have much of a flower garden. The sunflowers were from a local grocery store and greens picked from my mom’s yard […]

52 Weeks – A last burst of summer

Using a remaindered vase I echoed the mosaic colors (yellow, pink and a little blue) with late summer flowers from the garden. Flowers include: Dahlias, faded hydrangea heads, Japanese anemones, clematis. Our average first frost doesn’t typically come until November, but October days can be damp, dank and cold, shutting down flower development.  So we’ll […]

Flourish

A group I volunteer with had their spring fundraiser today and a friend and I were in charge of the arrangements, color scheme, etc. The space has a bright red wall which could have been a limiting factor. The other issue was sightlines.  And of course cost!  I chose a color scheme of black/white and […]