Raffish stand

Susan DetjensIn “Be Mine, Valentine” earlier this year, a raffia covered stand of tubes was created for a Valentine’s Day centerpiece (see Archives, Feb 14, 2016).  It’s time to redecorate this stand for summer.


In the original instructions, sitting on the right, was the ‘spool’ of green raffia I wanted to use for this redecoration.  Big mistake!!!!!  In the center is a ‘hank’ of purple raffia, a loose collection of strands.  Unfortunately the ‘spools’, from Michael’s are very sad indeed, consisting of two or three foot strands knotted together into one long strand.  OY!!

blog coleus raffia stand

This made for less than pristine winding of the tubes as the strand had to hide the knots all the time.  Hunter green spray paint covered the red.  The raffia went right over the purple already there.  Eh Voila – a completely different look.

blog coleus

Around The Barns are lots of pots with various varieties of Coleus.  I’m particularly fond the strong contrasts of lime green and deep reds.

coleus raffia stand 1

 coleus raffia stand 2

 coleus stand 3

In the center photo you can see that some green Amaranthus has snuck in too.  I keep after the Coleus so it doesn’t flower – these got a way from me, hidden under other leaves. The flowers are exactly the right scale for these tubes.



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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3 Responses to Raffish stand

  1. Alexandra says:


  2. Georgeanne Rousseau says:

    Are you on a wonderful trip someplace? I am missing your beautiful contributions to my life.

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