“When Pot meets Fleur” was one of the posts from the first summer when flowerflinging was on blogspot.com. It’s still there in the Archive under August, 2012. www.flowerflinging.blogspot.com
The post goes into detail of the inner workings of the ‘pot’, which was a wonderful wooden box but very deep, requiring jerry-rigged bleachers of Styrofoam blocks plus containers as shown above to hold all the components.
That box is still one of my favorites with which to create a pot-et-fleur design. Pot-et-fleur is a design criteria that pairs potted plants (in pots or not, in soil or not) with cut flowers. Plants can be removed from their pots and put in plastic baggies with less soil to facilitate cramming (design term) more in!
Last June at The Fashion Gallery in Staunton VA, I purchased these green glass candle holders designed with a sharp metallic end, perfect for putting in soil in a pot or in the ground. They hold small tea lights like the one shown. The glass is bubbly and a pretty shade of green. However my intention is to also use them also for cut flowers.
The plant material for these mixed designs can easily come from the supermarket where there is often an abundant supply of small inexpensive plants. I have too short an attention span to be a good horticulturalist, which is a fancy way of saying I never remember to water plants! At least outside in the garden, Mama Nature meets me halfway. Clockwise from top right, pink Cyclamen, pink Kalanchoe, a very graceful fern and a bargain Gardenia, full of buds.
I don’t have real hope that the Gardenia will bloom but it is full of buds. It may be too cool in my house. My mother-in-law had a monster Gardenia that bloomed all winter. It sat on the sun porch radiator with its head pressed against the cool glass. The heavenly scent is my #1 favorite so I can’t resist trying to have that fragrance wafting around again.