Don’t kiss the flower frog…

Don’t kiss these frogs….not one Prince will appear.  Before the wide spread of Oasis floral foam, flower frogs of all sorts were the beginnings of every arrangement. In the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, these holders for the stems of cut flowers often took fantastic forms and were as pretty as the flowers themselves. Stems were inserted in the holes provided.  They were called frogs because they sat in the water.

Today’s utilitarian flower needle holders have many sharp needles on which to impale a stem.  They, too, come in many shapes and sizes.   Some above have a cup to hold water.  The plastic one, right front, has suction cups so it can sit in a tight spot.

These lead holders were wonderful gifts.  Here they take center stage on a steel tray that is deep enough to hold water.  One gardenia fills the air with that amazing fragrance.

Substituting clematis for the gardenia allows the vine to move among the holders, two of which look like bouquets themselves

Moving these to a large celadon shallow bowl, I have used the beautiful patterns of coleus leaves to create some color.  They look even more beautiful underwater which makes the color sing.

Maybe sometime I will try and use these bouquet holders.  The spaces are large so branches might work!





About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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