I really love playing around with arranging flowers these days. Around here there are several places you can buy about a dozen stems quite inexpensively which means you can buy a couple of bunches. I cringe to remember the days I bought a ready made bouquet and jammed it into a pitcher (my attempt at artfulness). But I have evolved. Now I have quite a few vases and other vessels for my arrangements and I would never, ever buy a mixed bouquet from the grocery store.
Every now and them I am so pleased with my creation I must snap a picture and save it. Will I ever make it again? It’s unlikely, but, let’s face it, a picture is the only way a floral arrangement can survive. I thought I would share a few of my favorites. Hopefully, you will look at them and think, why, anybody could do that. Yes, exactly.
I’m always going on and on about alstroemeria and that’s because it is the perfect flower for anytime of year. They come in every color, they last for over a week, they are beautiful and at our Safeway a big bouquet is $5! What more could you ask for?
I save the vases from floral arrangements I have received, like this clear square vase above. The height is just right for seeing over on a dining table and it holds a good sized arrangement. This arrangement is composed of several bunches from Trader Joe’s, which has the least expensive flowers around. But I have noticed they do not last as long as the Safeway flowers. Still, if I’m buying them for a specific event they don’t have to last a long time.
Those little daisy like flowers are chamomile. I was going for a summery, just picked on the side of the road feeling here and the little chamomile flowers gave it just that touch. I found five glass containers at a thrift store and made five arrangements for my table. Did you notice the white alstroemera? All of these flowers were from Trader Joe’s. TJ’s does have a wider assortment than the grocery store.
Simple is always in style of course. Peonies in a white footed vase will always delight.
When I found this green vase I tried to talk myself out of buying it. As you can see I lost the discussion and I’m glad. The shape and the color of the vase were created just to display two pink hydrangeas.
Okay, I know this one didn’t require a lot of creativity. It’s a classic to put hydrangeas in a blue and white bowl.
This little turquoise pitcher is another thrift store find that called my name. Again, I have never been sorry that I succumbed to its call for I have used it again and again.
Well, I could go on and on but that is enough for now. As you can see, the possibilities are endless and well worth the effort. Flowers, whether from your garden or the grocery store, add that blend of beauty and warmth we all strive for in our homes.
Have a great weekend!