Peachy keen

Bouquet from KamillaThe gorgeous peach flowers of this bouquet at Kamilla’s Florist, Millerton NY caught my eye last spring. Fast forward to a pave design of peach roses and overlapped dusty miller leaves by a British florist, a quest to design in this scheme was born.

Susan DetjensInterestingly, in “Friendship and Flowers” (see Archives, June 2014) a simple design featured this lovely color scheme. Lady S’s exquisite tree peonies were slipped into a constructed container (how-to, see “Barking up the … vase” Archives, Jan 2014).

Luscious peach garden rosesTo expand the idea in other designs, these luscious peach garden roses fit the flower scheme but sadly not the flower bill as they were fairly expensive.

Susan Detjens“Less is More” shines in the peach rose in one of the balloon vases learned in Charleston last November (“Charleston Works It” Nov 2013 and for how-to “Plastered” Feb 2014, Archives).

Susan DetjensA silver metallic tray ( contains a line design of peach dahlias, gray eucalyptus and dusty miller, set in a bed of pearly gray stone.

Susan DetjensThis handsome gray ceramic container from Japan is a favorite. It has personality without overwhelming. Peach roses and dusty miller create a kind of random line/mass design. Dusty miller once was known botanically as Senecio cineraria but is now Jacobea maritima. I don’t know how the hard working horticuture judges keep up with all the name changes!

Susan DetjensThis faux-birch container was found at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Worcester MA several years ago. The Tower Hill shop often has charming containers for sale. A more cut-leaf, shorter stem version of dusty miller is one of three kinds of plant material in this modern mass design. Between it and the roses are peach Alstromeria.

Susan DetjensA strikingly useful ceramic container made to look like stone is perfect for this horizontal layered design. Peach roses are the focal point of an assemblage of fresh and dried silver foliage, berries and leaves: Brunia (berries), Eucalyptus, Mitsumata branches (painted silver) dusty miller, dried Calathea leaves (also painted.

Susan DetjensThis pair of attractively textured containers have been waiting for almost 3 years to be used in a design. Only about 3” in diameter, they lend themselves to a synergistic type of connected design – sometimes called a Bridge Design for obvious reasons. Silver aluminum wires ( connect two similar designs of peach roses and Alstromeria. I think this peach and gray scheme makes elegant early autumn designs — not yet screaming pumpkin!  What schemes are you dreaming of?



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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4 Responses to Peachy keen

  1. Carole Bailey says:

    What? Those vases only waited 3 years – why those are babies compared to some of my finds that are still waiting for the perfect opportunity! Carole B

  2. betsy shequine says:

    OK, Susan, this is my new very favorite of your blogs!! The colors are so enticing: peaches and greys and silver, YUM!

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