When Pot Meets Fleur

Susan DetjensWhen 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

 Inner workings of pot-et-fleurThe 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.

 Containers of all sizesThat 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!

The Green Light Tealight stakeLast 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.

Gardenia, fern, kalanchoe and cyclamenThe 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.

Susan DetjensA petite pot-et-fleur is placed in the small starch box, using only the Cyclamen and the fern. The green glass holder, filled with water and tulips, has been placed in the soil of the fern plant.

 Gardenia with candlesI 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.

Susan DetjensAll the plants and glass holders are massed in the bigger deep wooden box. Blupurum adds its’ lime green texture in one of the glass holders sitting in the Cyclamen pot.

Susan DetjensEach week the cut flowers can be changed which changes the mood of the box. White stock makes its’ lovely fragrance known when you come in the door.

Susan DetjensHydgrangea and purple stock have a more forceful presence in this combination. The foliage plants make a nice setting for small pots of forced bulbs or primroses as well.


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 When Pot Meets Fleur

  1. Carole says:

    See you this weekend! How did you get the wax out of the holders? Love your ideas.

    • Susan says:

      Carole – you really can’t burn them that long or else it is a job for a knife and gently slowly! Better for flowers. If you won’t be close to them to see, you can use the votives in the acrylic saucers but they don’t burn very long. See you soon. Cheers S

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