Flower Arranging

A Summer Centerpiece

June 23, 2014
IMG_4156wbTHIS WEEK, I asked floral designer Erin Brady to create a large arrangement for my entrance hall table. Would you like to see the purples, pinks, blues and greens she chose? Here they are, in my latest you-can-do-it flower-arranging tutorial: Read more »

Victorian Beauty from Common Flowers

August 29, 2013
IMG_2657YESTERDAY, I asked floral-designer Erin Brady to raid my garden. Why? Because I wanted to show you how common flowers and greenery can be turned into sumptuous arrangements for the house. As a matter of fact, Erin used only zinnias, hydrangeas, roses, phlox and greenery to make the "Victorian" display for my entrance hall table (pictured above). The procedure, and lots of flower-arranging tips: Read more »

Floral Soup

February 11, 2013
IMG_5274WITH A LITTLE IMAGINATION, almost any water-tight container can become an elegant "vase" for flowers. Take, for instance, the soup tureen pictured up top. This antique vessel resides on a games table in my entrance hall. Normally it holds nothing more than air. But this week, florist Erin Brady filled the tureen with a delicious soup: Read more »

Flower Arranging: July Blooms for a Cold January

January 25, 2013
IMG_4437THIS WEEK, in response to the frigid (sub-zero!) temperatures outside, I hoisted the big blue urn off my entrance hall table, and promptly delivered it to Erin Brady. Erin is an award-winning florist. Would you like to see closeups of the soul-warming bouquet she arranged for the hall? Read more »

The Power of Flowers Indoors

June 15, 2012
IMG_6542I ALWAYS WANT FLOWERS IN MY HOUSE, and now I know why. A behavioral study conducted by Harvard Medical School has concluded that flowers indoors affect our emotional well-being in a positive way. The arrangement above, which designer Erin Brady created for my entrance hall, makes me feel positively euphoric. Closeups of this inexpensive but lavish display, and more details about the power of flowers: Read more »

Instant Spring: Forcing Forsythia & Other Branches

January 5, 2011
Instant Spring: Forcing Forsythia & Other Branches

A VASE OF GLOWING, GOLDEN FORSYTHIA is just the thing to alleviate winter dullness in the house. You can cut the branches in late December or early January, and they will bloom for you just 2 or 3 weeks later. And other common garden shrubs can be forced as easily. Of course the branches will… Read more »

Here Comes the Bridal Wreath (Spirea vanhouttei)

May 10, 2010
Here Comes the Bridal Wreath (Spirea vanhouttei)

JUST NOW, my front yard appears dressed for a royal wedding, because the enchanting Spirea vanhouttei is in bloom. You might know this deciduous shrub as the “Bridal Wreath” spirea, and the pliable, pendulous branches can indeed be fashioned into head-gear. I’m not a wreath-wearer, but I do delight in the plant’s fountain-like form and… Read more »