These are flowers that I bought in a rush to retrieve my mother from the Oakland airport.
They are from the best flower shop in the East Bay, my alma-mater, Bloomies.
I originally presented the flowers as a bouquet, and later took them home and arranged them. The blooms are: hydrangea, amaranth, and “blushing bride” protea.
The bride is the obvious focal point of this arrangement. It is a VERY special bloom. Look at that. Can you stand it?
I struggled with the arranging, as I often do when using this vase. Also, I picked the flowers without a vase in mind, which is never particularly smart. This vase, which I truly adore and was generously given to me as an engagement gift, is just hard to work with, due mostly to its spherical shape. The opening at top is not particularly wide, yet the stems tend to get lost in the bulbous space inside. Cross those stems people! It’s the only way! And don’t even THINK of using a frog. If you don’t know the basics of arranging it won’t help you anyway.
Trick of the trade: Use a sturdy stem with a few leaves at the top to create a “web.” The web is created by the crossing of approximately four camelia stems in this case. As you will notice, the stems that make up the web sometimes disappear almost completely once the arrangement is complete. More tricks and how-to’s to follow.
The vase is “Tiffany Weave” by Tiffany&Co.