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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Flowers Today

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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 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 
to find joy everyday... 


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  1. OMGoodness, Judith!
    Your arrangement is beautiful!
    I love that are beautiful flowers available at the grocery stores and farmers markets.
    It's quite sweet that you introduced them to some pretty Botanic Bleu blooms!
    Thank you for sharing the tips from your sister!

  2. What a beautiful flowers !!!!! them judith !!..enjoy the Ria...x !

  3. Bravo! These do make my heart sing, Judith. You did an amazing job on this arrangement, and the price......what a bargain! This makes me want to rush to the flower market and buy some blooms to fill the vases in our home. I think I will do just that!
    Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing the tips on how you arranged this gorgeous bouquet. ~ Sarah

  4. What a beautiful frenchy bouquet. I love the way you've displayed your variety of flowers. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Judith,

    No wonder flower arranging is considered an art form. Your sweet subjects are lovely as can be, sitting pretty in their oasis of sunlight and scenes of surrounding glory! Enjoy your creativity!


    1. My sister really is very talented and makes gorgeous flower arrangements. The weather here had been just glorious this spring and early summer, but the past few days feel like summer has definitely arrived in north Texas.


  6. Gorgeous! Love the arrangement and the variety of the flowers! I did bring home flowers this week. The first ones I clipped so many blooms off to put in a little wire basket with bottles in it for our daughter's birthday that I had to go back and buy more to put in the shite pitcher the original bouquet was in to fill it out again. I adore fresh flowers! Thank you for the arranging tips from your sister, too!

  7. Stunning! You picked some gorgeous flowers... or should I say was so lucky to get them on sale!!! YOu and your sister arranged them to show off their very best! Love the wire planter you put them in.

  8. Judith, this is an incredible arrangement! The wire planter is so perfect... coveting!

  9. Good Morning Judith, Firstly, I wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such kind comments.
    Secondly, my word, this is a beautiful arrangement of flowers, the colours fit together perfectly and the perfume from the lilies must be fabulous.
    Thank you so much for the tip about not placing the oasis too low in the container. I have to say that is something I am guilty of, because I am trying to hide the oasis, but not anymore, I shall sit them a little higher in future.
    Judith, I have really enjoyed my visit so I have become a new follower.
    So from one "blue" lover to another,
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best Wishes

    1. Thank you for stopping by blog and becoming a new follower. Each time I come into the house from outside I am greeted by the wonderful perfume from the lilies.

      Have a wonderful week.


  10. Gorgeous bouquet and such pretty colors. Love the wire basket too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. You know, I never look at flowers when at the grocers unless getting an arrangement for someone else. I need to keep an eye out and if a good price bring some home for us to enjoy! Your arrangement is gorgeous, what a great way to keep things cheery! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!


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