There’s a hint of autumn here in New York’s Hudson Valley, as certain deciduous trees are already dropping their leaves. Consequently I thought I should gather some flowers and greens from the garden, and turn them into one final “summer” display for my entrance hall table. Would you like to see the arrangement up close and personal?
Oh. Please keep in mind that I’m not a professional flower-arranger. Like any rank amateur, I possess only enough skill to be dangerous.
The arrangement, composed in a rusty urn, started with ferns, white hydrangeas, and a background of Thuja ‘Green Giant.’ (Arborvitae is a good substitute for thuja.) The urn is outfitted with a plastic tub (acquired for a buck from the hardware store), and 2 blocks of “wet foam.” We discussed floral foam in a previous post.
To fill-in the display, I added 3 or 5 stems of each of the following:
David Austin’s ‘Heritage” rose (what a perfume!)…
and Buddleja, which you might know as “Butterfly Bush.”
At this point, I thought the arrangement was complete. But then I realized it lacked a certain something, or what the French call “je ne sais quoi.”
And what would that “something” be?
Hosta leaves! I snipped some big ovals of gold-edged ‘Paul’s Glory’ (the only hosta leaves the deer had not eaten), and tucked them along the base of the arrangement.
And then I poured myself a goblet of Pinot Gris, and called it a day.