Bouquets are Made for Smiles Now and Later

Simple or exuberant, contained or sprawling, making bouquets is my way of preserving the bounty. Since most aren't necessarily good at drying in situ, I take their photos. Why? I enjoy looking at them. Not examining them for balance or color coordination. Just looking and smiling. 

I'll look back at the shot of Rose 'Buttered Popcorn' with a mum called 'Pumpkin Igloo' and catch the phantom scent of roses.

Salvia 'Amistad' with Chuckles.
Late fall is, by virtue of my garden's overgrowth, a blowzy, full-blown time of year, and it's reflected in my tousled bouquets of wild-looking asters and grasses. Sometimes I can inject a bit of decorum with a Hydrangea or two, and Eucalyptus is always a welcome architect of tranquility. While tempting to cut and stick in a vase, Salvia 'Amistad' isn't one to hold onto its flowers for long, leaving deep purple, papery flowers at the vase's feet.

The Puzzle Pooley and Brayshaw vase.
I'm sure they've been visited by our resident hummingbirds. I'm calling them Chuckles and Pesky--Chuckles for the sound the tiny birds make while zooming about the garden--Pesky for Chuckles' sidekick who dive bombs Chuckles at every opportunity.

I've started collecting vases, especially from the local resale shop. I was lucky to find one made by British ceramic artist, Alison Brayshaw. The colors on the vase are like nothing I've seen before--they blend well with any color of flower as you can see in the Zinnia arrangement.

For an article I just finished on growing your own flowers for cutting, I requested some vases from Chive. I especially loved the little component vases, like the Pooley line, including the Puzzle Pooley and the Pooley Two 8-tube vase. I like these little vases because you can always find something with a short stem that won't work in a regular-sized arrangement. They're even pretty on their own.

Some arrangements showcase my favorite flowers: Raggedy Ann mix Zinnias and Aster 'Little Carlow'


  1. Gorgeous flowers and the vases are just perfect for them. I too like to take pictures of the flowers just to look at, for especially during winter when your imagination has to fill those vases.

  2. Thanks, Lisa. It's a great way to get inspiration in the middle of winter for next year, too.