Friday, March 26, 2010

First Bouquet of Roses

My new rose garden produced enough blooms today for a whole bouquet--the first of the season!

I plonked them into a silver-colored vase with a slight flare to it so they'd flop over the lip attractively. And that, my friends, was the extent of my arranging:

Hmm, could've done better on the colors of that photo. Sorry; still learning, here!

Leading the race in floppage are these two Comte de Chamborde buds:

Here's a more upright Chamborde bloom, top right, and a Double Delight, bottom left:

Oops! There's something hitchhiking in the petals! A bug?

Nope, just a bit of plant material. There, that's better:

I also tossed in one of these:

And I forgot to note what type it was. Oh, well. About this bouquet? It's totally one-sided:

I could've spent precious time fussing with making it symmetrical. Making it Martha-worthy.

But then I realized, what's the diff? Martha's not coming to my house any time soon.

So I put it atop some books right in front of me as I sit at my laptop. The flowers flop over toward me, and look slightly down on me, so I can admire them fully:


Takeaway lessons:

1. Find something pretty that's growing outside, and bring it inside so you can enjoy it all day long. It doesn't have to be flowers; some leaves and ornamental grasses are spectacular.

2. Slightly flared vases encourage flopping, and that's a good thing. (Heh, Martha.)

3. Uneven bouquets are fine; just turn them so the best part faces out.

4. If flowers are flopping down, put the vase up higher.

and most important of all,

5. Treat yourself to something lovely every day. You are totally worth it.


  1. I'm jealous -- my rose buds haven't popped open yet. Yours are LOVELY! xoxo

  2. Beautiful!! No flowers open around here yet.



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