I like to make an arrangement or 2 in the spring and summer to have outside on our deck or potting table. Do you do something similar? I know there are flowers in the garden but I just like having some on a table or bench.
Here is one on my potting table from years past.
Actually, that is a different hat, but straw just the same. Love those hot pinks. Hoping it is soon nice enough to get outdoors, I have a lot of garden stuff to do. I always cut my grasses back on 3/5/ and that is getting close.
Fabulous, you are so creative, I would have never thought of such a lovely idea. Are they in water? How long will an arrangement like that last? Now I am even more anxious for our posey season to begin!
Thanks, Yes, they are in water. Usually when I take an arrangement apart and the flowers may be a bit bruised or past their best, they do really well in water displays. Change the water every day until you want to dry them out! I hardly throw any flowers away.
Evergreen foliage works well in water...
Thank you for the information. I had no idea abot the foliage and will now try this technique in my arrangements this year! Can't wait. And to think the most I ever did was float a dahlia or some such posey, now I have all kinds of new ideas thanks to you.
Well this is not from a photo today; however, we were on the hottub deck after cutting back all of the tall grasses and it was a sunny 50 winter day and we put on some music on the outside speakers and there we were sitting in front of the hottub. Much like this photo!
I love your yard and find something new to look at each time you show it. I now am dying to know what the house looks like as I could see a partial Dutch roof. I am an architectural freak as well.
May Princess Tammy always have beautiful architecture.
Thank you so much, but the house is a house, a cape cod. Must admit that Steve and I are artists (on the side) and have done some unique things inside, but the architecture is nothing special. Wespend most of our time outside, in the spring and summer in the gardens and the fall and winter in the hottub dreaming of new garden ideas.
Hi Candee, I do have a slug probem sometimes, but these days I grow more things that the slugs don't bother with and then I'm not so disapointed. I gave up on delphiniums and hostas.
The pink gerberas and chrysanths in my crossword arrangement were from the florists, the roses came from my garden.
What art do you make?
The parrots are about 2" thick and have sanded curved edges and then are grooved and painted and coated with sparurethane. They actually need to be redone as they are starting to look a bit shabby after all these years. They are actually screwed to the fence from the other side and so is the driftwood which they are perched on. Cool idea I had, huh?
Fantastic work. I really loved the Odd Swan, Mountain and Streams, Egrit, Tulips, and Vase. I also love your ladies. Well, the Parrot on a Grape Vine was pretty cool too. Let's just say I like them all. LOL.
Lovely. I have the chairs out and did the dusting but needs done about every day here! I look forward to sitting at my little stool at the potting table and making something striking for the outdoors as well, thanks for the inspiration to get started.
Uh oh. We keep Adolphs meat tenderizer in the fishin tackle box, on the kitchen counter, in the jeep at the cabin and in the medicine chest because it is greatest for bee stings, takes the sting right out right away. Just make a little paste with water and voila sting is gone, but must use it immediately upon getting stung! Go get yourself some Terri and watch where you are stepping.
Hi Candee, WoW! you have been busy, good idea to show us some of you outside containers. They are all looking great. Love the corner stand, what is the white flower in with the gorgeous double red begonia?
Your stocks look beautiful, I imagine they smell lovely. Is that Lantana? in with the stocks, I LOVE those!
I can see your lilies in the background have put on loads of growth, look forward to those flowering.
I'll have to check, I knew when I bought it Terri, but the mind is a terrible thing to lose LOL. Yes that is lantana in some pots and a little dusty miller. Have you ever put the stock in pots before? I have one that is not looking so good today?
Oh, yes the lilies, I have tons of them and just wait till you see!!!
The tree peonies are spectacular. I really like your ranunculus and sweet peas. I started some sweet peeas and they are beginning to pop up - you are an inspiration as I have never had them before either. Thank you Terri!
Thank you Karma, now that I step back and take a look they do blend nicely. Terri, I will likely have to post my sweet pea photos for an ID as I can't recall what I planted where as usual! Guess I can just watch the pots for some color and then match them to your beauties.
So Karma, what have you got coming in store for us?
LOL firstyard, we are all then really great professional amateurs. I have never even read a magazine about arrangements and as for the camera I have read the book and am still learning. I thought the same thing when I first came here, I was sure I knew who the professionals are and then I came to understand that we are just a bunch of highly creative folks and a few here really outstanding ability to create from their imaginations. I think of myself as somebody with a good eye for color and I know what I like, others here are much more "professional" and spend much more time on their creations. I am more of a stick it together and step back and add or remove as my eye sees fit.
At any rate you will love it here, I can tell and so another great big welcome.
I used a shallow wicker basket to hold the floral foam, placed the crochet hat onto the foam and inserted the flowers through the holes.
It had green grapes on it too, but I ate them before the photos were taken ...Sorry!!!!!
I second that comment - what a NEAT idea. I have a variety of hats around since I have been on the lookout for the perfect summer hat for years - wide enough brim to provide shade, but doesn't flop all over my face, and can be packed easily in a suitcase. I am so glad you told us how you set up your arrangement with the floral foam and all...I was wondering how the flowers stay so fresh looking.
Thanks Candee and soilsandup
Actually I got the idea of using a hat from seeing candee's straw hat in one of the arrangements above!
I bought 3 lily stems at the florists, it was the colour of them that caught my eye.
Here they are with some garden roses and foliage.
Wow, they sure are lovely. My garden roses although just one bush, was never good with roses, it doing well in the heat and humidity here as well. Am surprised as in years past actually thought at times the entire bush had croaked.
Everyone in our house was out today. Peace! I spent the day pottering around the garden enjoying myself.
Candee, I noticed the Red Valerian is not so good this year. I cut it all down, hope the second flush comes back better.
Very nice Terri, really like the candles so soothing. Yes Karma will take a pic when I dump this arrangement. It is a little brass 3 tier kinda thing. I love it, but it does need polished so don't look too close when I post it please.
Terri, my red valerian has bloomed great, but just not keeping in the arrangements like it has in years past.
First I had to find a big tree, with a big knot in it. Then I had to carve out a nice flat area and let the sap and water drain, then I had to gently place the glass vase inside the trunk ------ ohhhhhh, who am I kidding, it is a treetrunk frame around the photo then I erased part of it to give it the 3 dimensional effect!
Terri, where was I when you posted that arrangement with the russian vine. I just love it! So romantic with all the candles. I bet your garden parties are just fabulous.
Candee, love the vase in the "knot of the tree". Very pretty. Is that a dahlia in your latest arrangment? Drop dead gorgeous. Lovely arrangement to accompany your garden. Thanks for the peek into your garden. I loved seeing it.
I'm a little late with the sweet pea topic. I had some blooming when it was cooler, but I didn't let it climb on anything at first because the seed packet said no staking required. I started to intertwine it onto my fence after it started flopping over. I didn't care for it too much but I will try again next year using the bamboo stakes like you did, Terri. The seeds were super easy to grow, so I will love to try again.
Thanks karma, my dahlias are quite a treat in my gardens. I have some of the dinner plate ones and others are cactus dahlias and yes that is one in the arrangement above.
I was quite disappointed in the sweet peas that I have. The ones in too much sun croaked and the ones in the larger pot that I inserted bamboo stakes for are quite viney, but have only produced 1 blue flower, one red and one white? They are nothing like the ones that Terri has that are full of blooms. But I would never have known if not for trying.
LOL, we musta both had yellow on the brain this evening Terri! That is very pretty and the ginger in the distance is quite an eyeful of beauty. Don't you just love the gardens and the outdoor arranging. I just replaced what was croaking in this one, yep the same caladium you suggested. The cactus dahlia reminds me of a water lily.
Looks lovely, the dahlia does look like a waterlily!
It's a bunch of ginger flowers I bought at the florists, the girl asked if I wanted the stems cut, I said NO thankyou!
I tied them together to a make a tree! I'm going to play about with them for a whlie until I leave them to dry.
Thanks Karma, they are water crystals. The coloured balls change the colour of the water when they are first hydrated.
I added some plastic re-usable ice cube (fruit shapes). It should last the normal amount of time.
That is a wonderful present for your neighbor. Too bad there is an ocean and a whole bunch of land between us LoL.
We had such an odd two weeks - was around 60 degrees, jumped up to 90 degrees, dropped back down to the 60's, and then a huge rainstorm.