Tis the season for enjoying a summer "get away" and perhaps you will want to create a floral arrangement that somehow captures the "Summer Holiday" theme. Take your time, enjoy it (it is summer after all!), but post a photo when you are ready. Thanks!
I sort of took the summer get away theme literally. We just came back from the beach empty handed but this is what I found in my garden. Zinnia buds for "us", a hollyhock floret for the umbrella, agapanthus stems for palm trees, and grass (or some kind of weed) as cattails. Hehehe, I hope you find it ummm interesting??
That's so original Karma, it really feels like a tropical place, great idea for the palm tree's . What are those little red flowers? I think you have done a great job.
The colour scheme is perfect with a good use of interesting accessories. I love the whole idea, well done!
Thanks terri. It's kind of silly now that I'm looking at it again. And I'm sure gardeners are gasping at what I did to the zinnia buds. I killed the baby zinnias...won't do it again I promise. Glad you liked it though...I'm feeling guilty right now. Oh and the orange florets belong to ioxa.
Beyond creative! I love your efforts- don't think they are unappreciated. Chaise lounges for the zinnia buds- amazing. And the colors of the festive Carnival just explode with happy variety one would find at a fun gathering. You guys are talented!
Prairiegirl, hahaha! If you enjoyed this, go to "get to know you" and check out Terri's flower in a bud vase. Thanks for letting us know you stopped by. We wish to have more visitors and participants...of the 125 views on this thread, I think Terri and I own 120 of them! Hope you stick around and have some fun with us!
No way: I've got at least 10 of those views to my credit! Welcome Prairiegirl. I also encourage you to get out the snippers and throw together something from the garden. It's showtime! These gals are marvelously creative and lots of great flowers are grown here. Tropical island with blue sea and blue sky background... do you never stop?????
Don't worry, I'll be back! I'm planning to take a class in floral design this fall, that should be fun! Just popping in, have to finish my summer internship, waaay behind. You all are having a great time, I'm really glad I found this forum.
Hi Prarie Girl, glad you are enjoying the shows. Good luck with your internship, see you when
you get back!
Karma, what's an internship?
I have found this other place on the Tropical Island, I will take you there tomorrow O.K.?
I absolutely love it here, I'm not going back to London until the rainy season starts.LoL!
Here's an arrangement my wife entered in the local county fair today. The bright flowers from our garden make me think "holiday". They include:
Dahlia (we believe "White Fawn")
Benary Giant Zinnias
Oh Mrs. B, in the words of Paris Hilton...that's HOT! Love the glads with the white outline (I'm sure you expert gardeners have a word for it). It screams blue ribbon winner to me, Priairegirl. Thanks Bdale...LOVE it!
Another of my wife's county fair entries, based on the theme "Picnics and Posies", which is in keeping with our "Summer Holiday" motif here on DG. The scale may be difficult to discern from the photo, but this is a "mini" picnic basket, about 6 inches tall (not counting the handle). Flowers include:
Benary Giant Zinnias (various colors)
Purple Dahlia ("Dueil du Roi Albert")
Pink "Friendship" Glad
oooh- dahlias! LOL Delightful basket and vase above Bdale. that gladiola "Atom" is stunning!
Are you MR. BDale? I am such a fool: I assume everyone is a woman. Your wife has some glorious fair entries. And what part of MN did you hale from at one time? (I think you mentioned MN.) I came from Hutchinson, but lived in many cities in later years.
Oh my gosh (or should I say "uff da") another DG garden lover with Minnesota roots! Yes, I'm MR BDale (I realize "Dale" is one of those names that could be interpreted for either gender) and grew up on the family farm in southern Minnesota, south of the Mankato area. I love growing flowers (and vegetables) and absolutely love looking at all these terrific arrangements, but my lovely wife is the one who is handier as an arranger. I did stand in the rain yesterday morning at 6 a.m. cutting flowers for the arrangements, trying to save some from a heavy downpour on the way, so maybe I get partial credit?? (LOL). I had enough sense to come in for shelter when the thunder and lightning started up.
Did you ever visit the Horticulture Building at the Minnesota State Fair and see all the great floral displays? I had a chance to visit last summer and was able to see many fantastic Glads and Dahlias. It put me over the top in terms of a commitment to try growing some this year. Very happy we did!!
Dale: uff da LOL Now that is Minnesota speak, for sure!
I almost went to school in Mankato but ended up in Duluth. Such great soil you have there.
No, I think I only made it to one State Fair and was at the ride-riding age instead of interested in flowers age. We have gone to our nearest fair here when able and the flowers are equally impressive. See Connells' Dahlia display from a couple years back. Buckets and buckets full of dahlias - absolute rainbows of dahlias. Photo courtesy of Steve Boley.
Good luck to the Mrs. on her entries. Nice to 'meet' you!
You have some great foliage options from your garden!! That is something we need to do more with in our garden (i.e. begin thinking more about how various foliage types could be worked into arrangements). Very interesting. Love the zinnias too!!
Love those colors, Karma, even though I've never heard of half the plants LOL!
And Terri, yours reminds me of rickshaw. I just saw your chair in the other thread...What do you do with all these flower arrangements? Do you have a store? I missed some of the introductions, but you said that sometimes next door will sell you flowers discounted, or let you know when they have especially good ones in...next door to what?
Terri, great idea using pineapple as a medium for your tropical display. I love what you did with the foliage in dahlia and leaves...like a nest for the dahlia. Your clear vase with roses is my favorite...very romantic. What is the small white flowers hanging over the bowl? I've seen it in a previous arrangement of yours, but not sure if you had identified it. You have so many great ideas in reusing your flowers.
The little white flowers are from a plant called 'Russian Vine' I don't know the latin
name. It gets huge and I am training it on a trellis. The stems are very useful for
making collars and welcome rings Remove all the leaves and you can manipulate
the vine,by twisting and folding , then leave to dry for future use.
Sorry no one new here...just wanted to post a summer arrangement before summer is over. Can't go through the summer holiday without a glass of lemonade...actually more like limeade. Lemons were expensive.
That looks very refreshing Karma!
Love those sunflowers,is that solidago in the jug?
I like the way you used the lime on the inside of the jug.
Something like that would look lovely in the Flowerpot Cafe' !!
Just out of interest, are lemon's more expensive than limes where you live? Lime's cost much more her