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.|
|The Puzzle Pooley and Brayshaw vase.|
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'|