I HAVE TWO THINGS TO REPORT. First, today Will and I are celebrating our 16th anniversary. And next, Erin Brady stopped by to show how common garden flowers can be turned into a glamorous centerpiece.
A little story:
At 6:00 this morning, I sent Erin an email, asking if she could help me select flowers and greens from the gardens here, and then arrange them in a bowl. She quickly agreed.
But when Erin arrived on my front porch, I noticed she had brought along a bucket of fancy florist flowers. How odd, I thought. Did she not understand our mission?
She set the bucket down, and then handed me a little card. This is what it said:
As it turned out, Will had visited Erin’s shop last week, and arranged for her to visit the house today. She was supposed to ring the bell, and ask if she could “borrow a vase.” She’d take the vase back to her shop, outfit it with the kinds of flowers I like, and then deliver it later as a surprise anniversary gift.
The only snag? Erin sensed that I’d know something was up. Because why on earth would a professional flower arranger (who also works in a flower shop) need to borrow a vase?
Anyway, Erin was relieved when I asked her to stop by. The vase-ruse wasn’t necessary, and thus the surprise was really a surprise! I’ll show you the anniversary arrangement in a future post.
Meanwhile I’d just like to say that Will is a sneaky guy. He’s also a considerate mate!
And now that I’ve bored you with my love life, let’s move on to our centerpiece project. Perhaps you’d like to make a Bowl of Garden Flowers for your own home:
Note: You can obtain floral foam and florist’s tape from just about any craft store. You can also order the items from Amazon, and have them delivered right to your door.
Now head outside, and collect some flowers and greens!
And speaking of greens…Erin and I both agree that these are the secret to a lush, formal arrangement. If you use enough greenery, only a small quantity of flowers will be necessary.
From the Woodland Garden, we cut three hosta stems. The variety is ‘Paul’s Glory.’ Erin placed two stems in the “front” of the arrangement, and one stem behind.
Golden Coreopsis from the Serpentine Garden…
Azure Bachelor Buttons (they are magnets for honey bees) from the Kitchen Garden…
And in the parlor, it brought magic to the mirrored mantel.
But I especially liked what it did for the swivel-top tea table near the staircase in the entrance hall. So there it shall remain. With the daily addition of water, the arrangement will stay fresh and lovely for 5-7 days. And this beauty was achieved for no expense at all!
Has this tutorial inspired you to produce your own, unique bowl of garden flowers? I certainly hope so. Perhaps you can voice your thoughts in the comments field below.
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