Mid-summer Blues…

Susan DetjensAt mid-summer blues abound in the garden resulting in a lot of cool water-colored cut flowers:  scabiosa, hydrangea, ageratum, perovskia (well yes really lavender if you are picky), roadside chickory among many.

Susan DetjensThis patriotic tray ( Red, White Blues see May, Archives) began the thread which turned into today’s post.  It, in turn, was from a year earlier on my blogspot site httpp://www.flowerflinging.blogspot.com/2012/07/fourth-of-july-part-two.html.  But it fostered the idea of using berries in a design….mid-summer blues, mid-summer blueberries.

Susan DetjensThe idea in those posts was to take the cliché red, white and blue and give it a new twist.  Mums, cockscomb, carnations, hydrangea, statice, trachelium, baby’s breath and a thistle fill the container.  The idea in this post was using the same container….

Susan Detjens…it being an old berry basket holder with wooden baskets.  I can’t quite believe that something as potentially awkward and heavy -when filled- was actually taken into the berry patch.  Maybe for the home berry patch?

Susan DetjensIn my patch, I want a cooler mood and opted for actual berries both blueberries and blackberries.  Lush blue tinged (not too easy to see) hydrangeas and brilliant agapanthus – both from my supermarket if you can believe it – complete the cooler design.

Susan DetjensEvents of this week having over taken the timeliness of this post for us Anglophiles, I got out a wonderful and wonderfully challenging container from Accent Décor.  Very tall, 15” and about 4” in diameter at the top.

Susan DetjensThis design uses much the same materials minus the berries – although I did think of stringing them(!) – plus a bluer hydrangea, large ruscus, small bright green mums I still call Kermit.  But the post title has changed to IT’S A BOY!!




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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2 Responses to Mid-summer Blues…

  1. Liz Piazza says:

    Susan, the top photo on the Mid-summer Blues page…is that a watercolor, Japanese paper, something you created with….? It is addictive, a bit like your site and your creations. Brava!!

    • Susan says:

      Thanks Liz – The top shot is a piece of watercolor paper with watercolors, and while wet salt is thrown on them which melts and creates the marks. The technique has an official name but of course I forget it:) Cheers, S

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