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French Country White Urn

Monday, June 18, 2018


This year has been a very good year for finding French garden urns. Not only did I find a collection of French-style garden urns from a local nursery, I also found a beautiful French Country white urn from a wholesale supplier in late March. The urns were shipped in May, and everything looks beautiful in them.  


French Country white urn filled with pink crepe myrtle blooms
To add a French Country flower arrangement to the swing loft in my house, I filled one of the French-style pedestal urns with crepe myrtle blooms from my back yard. 



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French Country white urn filled with pink crepe myrtle blooms
French Country is more than a decorating style. French Country is a lifestyle which means enjoying life everyday. As in creating flower arrangements for you and your family to enjoy for no special reason or occasion. 



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French Country white urn filled with pink crepe myrtle blooms
Gather whatever flowers are blooming in your yard to bring inside. For this arrangement, crepe myrtles, nothing else, fill the white chippy pedestal urn. 



Directions for French Country white urn filled with pink crepe myrtle blooms
Place a large clear plastic liner in the urn to hold water for the flowers. The urn is 18.5" in diameter, and a 10" diameter by 3"-4" height clear liner easily fits inside below the rim of the urn.  



Directions for French Country white urn filled with pink crepe myrtle blooms
General guidelines for creating an arrangement are to place a water-soaked block of floral foam so that it is a little taller than the edge of the container. For a casual, unstructured style you can forgo using floral foam in which to anchor the stems. 



Directions for French Country white urn filled with pink crepe myrtle blooms
Start with the longer blooms to place around the rim. Just place branches so the ends are submerged in water, and the bloom tips reach beyond the rim of the urn and rest on the rim for support. 

Cut the branches for the center of the arrangement shorter than the branches on the outer edges. Stand the short branches upright instead of leaning toward the outer rim. The long outer branches will support the central short blooms in woody flowers like crepe myrtles. The more flower branches used, the better they support each other to stand upright. 



Directions for French Country white urn filled with pink crepe myrtle blooms
One general guideline to follow is to allow some of the blooms to drape over the side of the urn in a downward direction. Turn some of the outer branches so they will hang below the rim instead of just resting on the rim. 



Crepe myrtle or crape myrtle? Most botanical sources use crape according to an executive editor of Webster's New World Dictionary, but Southern Living spells the tree as crepe. 

And, there is a French connection. Crape is of French origin.

Both spellings are considered correct. For me, I prefer crepe. 


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You can catch small glimpses of my swing loft in this post. Later this week you can see how I decorated my swing loft for summer with French Country decor, including the French Country white urn filled with crepe myrtle blooms. 

French Country white urns will be for sale in this year's French Country Christmas Event. Unfortunately, they are not for sale in my online store due to shipping costs. 


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If you missed my earlier post about the local French garden urns, read it here


You may enjoy . . . 

Reading tips for creating more formal French Flowers Today

Reading about garden urns at French Design on Friday - Plant Urn 


Which way do you spell the tree ~ crepe myrtle or crape myrtle?


8 comments:

  1. The urn filled with crepe myrtle blooms is lovely. I pause every time I write the word because of the spelling questions. I prefer crepe. :)

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    1. Stacey,
      My grandmother had a huge crepe myrtle tree in her front yard, but I do not know how we spelled it back then. I think the French food, crepes, has influenced how I spell it.

      Judith

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  2. Oh I love that urn. I spell it crepe...it looks more pleasant. :)

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    1. Laura,
      I agree. Crepe looks more pleasant to me, and if Southern Living spells it crepe, that is all I need to know.

      Judith

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  3. That’s perfect, Judith! The crepe myrtle branches are just right and so relaxed and pretty. Love that urn, of course!

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    1. Hi, Ginger,
      Oh, yes, I KNEW you would love the urn. I was so thrilled to find it.

      Judith

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  4. Looks perfect in your home and so pretty.

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  5. I've always spelled it Crepe Myrtle. I had no idea there was even a debate about it.
    How long did the blooms last? They are fleeting for sure. I love the urn. Thanks for sharing at Keep In Touch.

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