August 06, 2011

Fun with fresh cut flowers

The other day, I created a fresh flower bouquet. I gathered Lilac branches…


Dill and Queen Anne’s Lace*…


Liatris…


Miscellaneous filler flowers…


Brown-Eyed Susans and Purple Coneflowers…


And Gladiolus*…


I lined them up…


And started building...





I added some Zinnias just beginning to open...


Then I was just about done, but this Delphinium didn't fit the color scheme...


Ready for display…


And the Delphinium was perfect on its own in a small bud vase.


For more fun with fresh cut flowers, check out Amy’s weekly flower arrangements at Get Busy Gardening.

(Note: All photos on this post were taken with my camera phone.)

*Dill and Queen Anne’s Lace were supplied by a fellow gardener. Glads were purchased.

15 comments:

  1. I never seem to get around to picking and arranging flowers, only about once a month. You have inspired me to get on with it, thank you!

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  2. Thanks for showing how to build an arrangement. Lovely!

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  3. Nice arrangement! Love it. Thanks for adding a link to my flower arrangement post on my blog. Hope you'll be inspired to join me more through the garden season and keep those flower arrangements coming! :-)

    Amy

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  4. Perfect! I appreciate the step by step demo on how you came up with such a beautiful bouquet.

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  5. What a great bouquet you have created! I loved the step by step photos, really nice post. Thanks!
    Christina

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  6. Very nice! and every bit as lovely (if not more) than flowers a florist would deliver. I hate to cut my own flowers ~ isn't that crazy? Especially if I could have a bouquet like yours.

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  7. It's beautiful! Do you add anything to the water?

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  8. What a beautiful bouquet! Love it! Love the way you collected your flowers to create the masterpiece! Glad you temps are going down, we are dropping down for a couple of days too! Very happy about that! Happy Gardening! Mindy

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  9. @Janet: With all the beautiful flowers you have, I'm sure you can make some amazing arrangements!

    @Bridget: Certainly! There are so many fun ways to arrange flowers. Have fun! Remember: You can always rearrange (I always do) if things don't look quite right.

    @Amy: Thanks! I'm on the flower committee at church a couple more times this season, so I'll share those arrangements, too.

    @Sage: Sure! I love to mess around with flowers. I'm certainly not a professional, but it's a wonderful creative outlet!

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  10. @Christina: Thanks! The flowers make it easy. I try to plant with cut arrangements in mind. I arrange flowers at church and sometimes for friends.

    @Kathleen: You are too kind! I know what you mean about cutting the flowers, but that's why I plant a lot of them. Plus, cutting flowers like Zinnias encourages them to come back even stronger!

    @Masha: Thanks! No I usually don't add anything to the water. Sometimes I do, but it doesn't seem to make that much of a difference for me.

    @Mindy: Thank you! Fortunately, we have a table and plenty of supplies at church so we can really spread things out when we pull the arrangements together.

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  11. Very pretty in pink and yellow. Love the architecture of Queen Anne's lace. I find Lilac leaves droop quickly - did you drop the stems in hot water first as my florist advises?! So few flowers in my garden so make foliage displays instead.

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  12. @Laura: Thank you. Regarding the Lilac branches, I simply clipped them off and added them to the bouquet. They are dwarf Korean Lilacs, though. That might make a difference. Foliage displays can be striking, too!

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  13. Lovely bouquet, dear Beth! You're a woman of good taste.

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  14. How pretty! I'm rotten at flower arrangeing. I usually just shove them in a mason jar. :o)

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  15. @Dona: Why, thank you! You are too kind!

    @TS: I love arrangements in mason jars! I'm envisioning a bouquet of Cosmos...

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