Entertaining flowers

Dock, parsnip and basketsIn high summer I always like the flowers in the house to be from the garden, if not mine (OK, mostly not mine), then someone else’s garden or the farm stand.

Flower Frogs with DahliasFor the entertainment of the realtors, each week I change around how and where I put flowers. This is a steel tray from IKEA with some lead flower frogs (see “Don’t kiss the FlowerFrog” in my old blogspot Archives: http://www.flowerflinging.blogspot.com/2012_08_01_archive.html) and bright golden dahlias. They all rest in about an inch of water.

Yarrow on the tableThis handsome red yarrow (Achillea millefolium) lasted beautifully or two weeks in the Pittsford Dairy cream bottles. The twig runner came from Crate & Barrel years ago and has paid for itself several times over by being neutral, country and a great texture.

Phragmities outedIn rushing to have something on the table for a showing one day, I succumbed to the beauty of the invasive no-no, Phragmities, in full purple bloom. I crept down the road to a clump of them near to the stream. Of course as soon as I had picked a few, I was outed by two charming young women who work for a local nature park nearby. “Do you know what that is? Oh, yes…” was my sheepish reply!!

Gallairdia on gingham runnerWhen the yarrow finally called it quits, bright big yellow Gallardia, looking like black-eyed Susan on steroids, went in the cream bottles on a quilted red check runner.

Pot et PotStarch BoxOne of my most treasured ‘containers’ is this old wooden starch box with its beautiful dovetailed corners. In it is a ‘pot-et-pot’ or really a ‘pot-et-pot-et-pot’: Anthurim (tall), ivy, Begonia (right).

 Heirloom zinniasAren’t these heirloom zinnias wonderful? So many color combinations within each flower?

Heirloom zinnias in copperThis week I used them on the dining room table in a copper wire structure. For how-to see another blogspot post: http://www.flowerflinging.blogspot.com/2012/07/wired.html.  Zinnias are very thirsty girls, these tubes have to be filled every morning.


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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