Last updated on August 18th, 2014
IF YOU VISIT ME JUST NOW, you’ll find an invigorating flower arrangement on the small table near my staircase. Anne Schomaker, a dear friend who is also a floral-designer, made this scented still-life by combining greens from her garden with choice flowers from the florist. You can design a similar arrangement for your own home:
Anne used an old, 9-inch-tall glass vase for the arrangement. Floral foam, cut to fit the vase, holds the stems in place. (More about floral foam, and where to buy it, in this fun post.)
For a colorful foundation, Anne inserted ‘Paul’s Glory’ hosta leaves. The leaves are lime green, with a darker green “painted” along the edge.
And as the perfect foil for the two-toned hosta, she inserted stems of silvery sage. Brilliant, no?
The fronds of dark, lacy ferns were added for further contrast.
The pink roses inserted among the greens are nothing short of eye-popping. I love them.
Tip: For the sake of longevity, florist-obtained roses should be purchased when the petals are just starting to open.
Pink, sweetly-perfumed Stargazer lilies complete the picture.
Tip: To get the biggest bang from your Stargazer lily buck, purchase the stems in bud, not bloom. The petals will open over a period of 3-5 days.
Does the sight of freshly-cut flowers make your spirit soar, too? You can let me know by leaving a comment.
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Delores Short says
Erin Brady says
Oh so lovely!!
Anne is always so creative. Very pretty.
Love the idea to include some plants from your own yard.
Ann Tino says
I wanted to mention that lillies are poisonous to cats. Just good to keep in mind, since they like to chew on plants…..it you happen to be a cat owner.
Kevin Lee Jacobs says
Hi Ann – I have 2 cats. Fortunately they do not eat my flower arrangements. They simply enjoy the beauty, just as I do.
Love the arrangement but can you tell us more about the painting behind it. I love the paintings by the Hudson River school artists. Is it one?
Sidney Clark says
Kevin… I love your creative style. The flower arrangement is just beautiful and inspires me to look around my own yard for inspiration. So glad that a friend of mine put me on to your blog…
Toni Kitchen says
thank you so much Kevin for showing us how to make this beautiful bouquet.
I love your forum.
Perveez jamaji says
That’s a really beautiful arrangement. Would it be really terrible of me to use some really real looking fakes to make this type of arrangement ? My lilies are all gone and it has become pretty cool for the roses to bloom, but I do have Hostas and some also lots of silvery artimistias and some fakes to make this sort of an arrangement. No one will notice that they are fake, only I will
know, and now you and all others who read your posts.
I love, oh love
Cindy Garrison says
Fresh flowers freshen the house and give it life. I believe in a plant in every room. But since I seem to over or underwater houseplants, I enjoy a fresh arrangement on my foyer table most of the time. My husband likes to bring home flowers from our grocery store where he has made friends with the lady who tends them so beautifully. These ideas are great. I think I will get some foam again and do some really “arranged” ones.