February 12, 2011

My imaginary spring bouquet

Since I won’t have fresh-cut garden flowers until late April or May, it’s time to assemble an imaginary bouquet.

1. I’ll start with line flowers and branches, which add height and width to the arrangement. Lupines and a few sprigs of Flowering Almond should do the trick.



2. Next, I’ll add the mass flowers—the focal points of the bouquet. Irises, Peonies, and a few dangles of Bleeding Heart will serve this purpose.




3. Finally, I’ll add filler flowers to fill in the spaces. I think I have some imaginary fresh Lilacs and Mock Orange on hand.



It’s an impressive bouquet in my mind, but I can't really see it. So, maybe I’ll head over to Pat’s Web Graphics to make myself a virtual bouquet. It’s still not the real thing, but it’s a fun way to pass a little time on a cold February evening.


18 comments:

  1. Nice presentation. I enjoyed it very much.

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  2. Hi Beth, I've a surprise for you. I like your blog for the style in which you deliver your postings...from your rabbit tales to the pretty bouquet you envisioned (very creative!), so I have awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award! Just come to my blog and meet the rest of the recipients, and get the award.
    Rosie

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  3. Oh for the color to hit the garden, but this is the next best thing.

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  4. Beth, Thanks for faved my blog. Imagination os a powerful tool and your bouquet "looks" perfect! Lula

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  5. Dear Beth, What a fun posting! As you say, the virtual bouquet is not really quite as good as the real thing....but if you could add virtual scent then at least the imaginary version does not have any pests or diseases! It would then be a winner.

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  6. Mmmm, mmm, I can smell the bouquet now! I'm with you in zone 5...still have to wait a few months... :) But I very much enjoyed your virtual flowers.

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  7. @Lily: Thanks! Now I need to go get some real flowers, or visit your lovely blog for inspiration!

    @Rosie: Thank you very much! I am honored! You made my day!

    @Donna: Yes, won't it be wonderful when the real ones bloom? I can smell them now!

    @Lula: I'm enjoying your amazing photography on your posts. I can't wait to check back again!

    @Edith: True! No pests! It's a good transition to the real thing.

    @Hanni: Zone 5 isn't looking so bad lately. We're starting to thaw. Cheers!

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  8. What a nice idea!
    Btw: did you know that the beautiful flowers in your header (Dicentra) are called "Cuore di Maria" (Heart of Mary) here in Italy?

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  9. Hi Dona: I didn't realize that. Our common name for Dicentra is Bleeding Heart, so I guess it's similar. They are so lovely at their peak, which generally coincides with the first perfect weather here in my locale.

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  10. Great bouquet even if imaginary. You could be a florist with the attention you paid to assembling the contents!! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  11. Hi Kathleen: Why, thank you. I enjoy arranging flowers for friends and family. I thought about being a florist, but then it would be work instead of fun. ;-)

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  12. We gardeners must do what we can....a fun post and beautiful composition!

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  13. Hi Beth, feel as though I've had a great first lesson in the structure of flower arranging with your virtual bouquet. The practical voice asks would the woody stemmed flowers wilt and do you bash the ends to stop this happening? By the way love your images and especially the lupin and its shadows.
    Laura

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  14. @Linda: Yes, I am craving the color! I'll have to buy some real flowers later this week.

    @Laura: Thank you. I usually lightly clip through the middle of the base of woody stems, to draw the moisture in. I would probably clip the stems before they're fully bloomed, too.

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  15. A lovely bouquet! I've been thinking of imaginary flowers a lot recently, too:) It keeps us Midwesterners going until spring finally arrives.

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  16. Your bouquet is lovely, I wish my imagination was as good as yours:-). Such beautiful pictures, too, made me think of spring.

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  17. Great idea for a post! I love it!! I'm dying for some color. I've had enough of winter brown. I'll take a big vase of whatever you're putting together. It sounds beautiful. :o)

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  18. @Rose: Yes, we have to have great imaginations and great memories to make it through the long winters.

    @Masha: Thank you. I'm glad to bring spring wishes!

    @TS: The brown melting muck gets old, doesn't it? I have to get out and buy some fresh flowers!

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