Wednesday, August 12, 2009
One of my new favorite things about summer is that as soon as the weather turns warm, my husband begins pickling me nosegays. It's wonderful! As different plants go in and out of bloom, he keeps me supplied with fresh flowers from our yard.
Most of these are ones he has transplanted or grown himself from seed! He never ceases to amaze me with his gardening prowess.
I like to dabble in flower arranging now and again, gleaning tips from books and friends (thanks Becca and Martha!). This is my attempt from early this spring. Kind of wild, I know, but I was so happy to get some color inside!
I've read that plants with hollow, milky stems (like dandelions) last longer if you singe the end. Well, it's true! The greenery on the left was treated, the greenery on the right was not, and wilted quickly. (I just had to include that tip for those who like to play with flowers and fire!)
Here's a triangular arrangement featuring our newly transplanted mini - iris.
Becca and Elli supplied these roses (more on them later). You don't have to use a vase - try a pitcher or teacup. This little grouping is sitting happily in a toothbrush holder.
Hope you're inspired!