In response to a request for more flower arrangement posts.

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.  

With flash:
Without flash:

The bride is the obvious focal point of this arrangement.  It is a VERY special bloom.  Look at that.  Can you stand it?

With flash:

without flash:

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.


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3 responses to “In response to a request for more flower arrangement posts.

  1. sam

    ah! that is beautiful! i just love blushing brides. you are my favorite one though, of course.

  2. KRB

    so, so pretty and just the thing I wanted to see. Question: why not use oasis? Not that I know anything about arranging flowers, just wondering.

  3. saddleshoos

    Well, frogs and oases are two different things to begin with. The reason I advise against using these tools as a novice arranger is that I believe there’s an assumption that using one will make the arranging instantly simple, which is not truly the case. You can experiment with these tools and see how they work for you. Arranging is incredibly difficult and there are many things to know in order to do it well. There are things to know about: how to work with stems of different sizes and weights, what flowers to put into an arrangement first and the order in which to insert blooms so that all are given proper attention in the composition, and tricks like grouping smaller blooms so that they still have impact in the context of smaller ones (I did that with the amaranth in this arrangement). We’ll get into all of it, slowly. But there is A LOT to know, and I’m still learning too.

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