Beautiful white, pink, mauve, and blue
are the ones that I love the most.
French colored flowers...
Ever have a day that, for no reason, you bring home flowers?
Today was that day for me.
Today at the grocery store the deep pink Star Gazer lilies
were on special...at such a good price that the cashier thought they
were mispriced. But they were not. Hurrah!
Then I spied the mauve mums also at a great price.
The white alstromeria are usually the same good price as today.
With no planning ahead, no special occasion, no reason to buy flowers,
I bought beautiful flowers to create a French flowers bouquet.
(Total price of flowers bought for this arrangement...$17+tax)
Blooming in the yard is a huge purple-hued vitex tree/shrub,
just the complementary color and contrasting texture to add to the
grocery store flowers.
My professional florist sister helped me create this arrangement in a
white oval stoneware bowl. Using white florist tape, she taped together
the styrofoam and oasis into which the flowers are anchored.
Then she criss-crossed taped across the
top of the stoneware bowl to create a "frog" to help
hold the flowers in place in addition to sticking them
into the styrofoam and oasis.
She's a good teacher because she directed, did not do the actual arranging,
and let me place the flowers.
She did the boring work required to hold the flowers in place and
let me do the fun work of placing and arranging them.
Tips from her,"Beginners often place the oasis too deeply
into the vase. The oasis should rise above the rim of the vase.
Water should touch the oasis to keep it and
the flowers hydrated."
I placed the Star Gazer lilies first, spacing them
around the container with one in the center.
Then I placed the mums, following my sister's advice to place
some near the bottom of the arrangement to give visual weight at the bottom.
Next came the vitex branches with blooms
from the backyard tree. I made sure to place some of them
so that they gracefully draped over the bottom edge of the vase.
Then I placed the alstromeria stems with multiple blooms per stem.
I love how the vitex fronds gently curve downward.
Each white alstromeria has several blooms per stem,
which have mauve stripes in their throats, just the perfect color
to complement the mums and lilies.
The wire semicircular table on the deck is a perfect place
to place the arrangement to take photos in natural daylight.
The Star Gazer lilies have several buds on each stem which will open
to fill out the arrangement even more.
Both the mum and the vitex blossoms will also open even more
over the next several days.
Beautiful French flowers today for no reason other than
they make my heart sing and my eyes "clap their hands."
Savoring moments in the present
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