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Sunday, November 29, 2015

late autumn and thanksgiving

 a customer asked me to make her 2 arrangements for her table for thanksgiving.
i used mostly purchased flowers from market,
 but i did have the pleasure of foraging for some of the foliage and berries by the side of the road.  
and a turkey feather.
from market:  ranunculus, roses, seeded eucalyptus, waxflower, and solidaster.

 then my 4 kids and i made our way down to pennsylvania, and my mom had gathered these beautiful fruits, vegetables, and gourds for her table.

 this little handful was one of the last from the chrysanthemums i grew.
seaton's ruby, river city, and kotoi no kaori.

Monday, November 23, 2015

sarah smile

 this was such a happy day with our sarah, and i love to go back and look at these photos,
and have decided to share more of them with you.
"sara smile" is a song by hall and oates from back in the day.

 with lots of fragrant hosta, some delphinium laterals, elderberries in the green stage, queen anne's lace, grape vine, baptesia foliage, agrostemma, white scabiosa, 
huldine clematis,

 pale yellow yarrow (this is pink, but the yellow worked) and some hydrangea.

then we moved on to the next bouquet....
here i chose the flowers and put them in a bucket,
and then began to gather them up in my hand.
with queen anne's lace, yarrow, hydrangea, scabiosa, astilbe,
and roses from heirloom roses -
james galway rose 
lexy roses
eden roses
added a few kinds of sweet peas,

 and lastly, some baptesia foliage, and handed them off to sarah.  :)

Saturday, November 7, 2015


norton vic chrysanthemum
 king's mums in oregon city, oregon sells cuttings of many kinds of chrysanthemums.
i learned about them from floret flowers last year, and my mom suggested i try growing them, 
and gave me some money to place an order.
they are blooming like crazy now, and here are some photos of the varieties i chose.
lola chrysanthemum

vesuvius chrysanthemum

kotoi no kaori chrysanthemum

feeling green chrysanthemum

river city chrysanthemum

coral charm chrysanthemum

moira chrysanthemum

apricot courtier chrysanthemum

nightingale chrysanthemum

chesapeake chrysanthemum

primrose mt. shasta chrysanthemum

jefferson park chrysanthemum

vienna waltz chrysanthemum

seaton's j'dore chrysanthemum

seaton's ruby chrysanthemum
shelbers chrysanthemum

 most of these varieties grow three feet tall, even after cutting them back.
serious support is necessary.
most of the varieties need to be disbudded to the top bud.  this is a big task!
but i liked how some of the ones that are smaller worked with sprays - actually quite graceful.
groundhogs like them, because they are still green when most foliage is long gone.
i grew them outside, not in a tunnel, and really lucked out with the weather this year.
here are some photos of some of my experiments with floral arranging to see what they can do.
my greens are pretty much gone, but mostly, i wanted to see how the flowers and stems work.