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New Arrangement

After battling some garden roses the other day I really thought I had forgotten how to arrange flowers over my vacation.  But garden roses never were easy to work with–all those little thorns get stuck on every little thing as you try to push a stem down into a vase.  So I gathered my strength and channelled some calm and went back at it with some fresh supplies.  I chose roses, scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, and a single sumatra lily.  This was my attempt to do something a little different than my usual.

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The colors really don’t come through right here as this arrangement was exceedingly hard to photograph given the darkness of the cosmos.  I’m happy with the results.  Elegant but a little wild.  It smells great too.  The tiny stems of the scabiosa and cosmos kept falling throught the web in the vase.  Each time you moved anything everything else would shift–so I ended up using some chopsticks to grab and gently pull stems back into place.  They’re skinnier than my fingers and their grip is more gentle too–I highly recommend trying it.

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A note about chocolate cosmos–they are some of my favorite flowers, but you have to be decisive when arranging with them because they’ll lose their petals in a heartbeat.  Luckily they look great even with a few missing.

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Perhaps My Favorite Souvenir

I’m not entirely over my vacation.  I miss it–a little.  I bought very little, but I did manage to get myself a few little souvenirs.  This book is one of my favorite things.  It combines flowers and food–what else could be more perfect for me?

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Behold, the introduction of Gourmandises en Fleurs (Delicacies in Flowers) (translated by yours truly with help from a few free translation websites)…

If the times have changes, people’s love of beautiful things remains the same.  As cuisine gets lighter, dishes have more moderate flavors, and often when we are surrounded by concrete gardens, we try to cultivate the illusion of nature…

Thus the idea was born to present a collection of complimentary recipes and bouquets.

From small lunches to large galas, create an occasion to host friends.  Give a theme to your receptions.  Taste and imagination alone can bring the heart joy.  In summer, think of refined simplicity and soft colors, or use a bit of eccentricity to accent the fragrances that emit from your kitchen.

By using the charm of flowers, your garden will grace your table with its colors, and accent your menu choices.  Some original and unexpected ideas will give your tables a personal touch–and even provide amusement.  Whether it be the Beaujolais nouveau or basket of apples from your orchard, the beginning of the fishing season or a welcome home, a red dinner, a white dinner, a dinner on the grass… the fanciful possibilities created with flowers, color, and food will make you the envy of all your guests!

The arrangements range from the somewhat ridiculous…

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Title of Arrangement: Poisson d’avril (April Fish)

Recipe that the Arrangement is Designed to Compliment:

Terrine de saumon au coulis de tomates (Salmon terrine with tomato coulis) (note the goldfish)

to pretty…

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Title of Arrangement: Voulez-vous goûter, grand-mère? (Would you like a taste grandmother?)

Recipe that the Arrangement is Designed to Compliment:

Mousse aux fruits de la passion (Passion fruit mousse)

to “fanciful”

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Title of Arrangement: Symphonie aubergine (Eggplant symphony)

Recipe that the Arrangement is Designed to Compliment:

Petits flans d’aubergines (Eggplant flan)

to perhaps a bit out-dated

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Title of Arrangement: Joyeux enfants de la Bourgogne! (Happy children of Burgundy)

Recipe that the Arrangement is Designed to Compliment:

Poirs au vin (Pears in wine)

It’s taking a lot of restraint to not scan the entire book.  Maybe I’ll have to start publishing one arrangement/recipe pairing per day.  I found a website where the book is available for purchase, for about the same price I paid in the used book store in Biarritz.  I’m dying to try the Magret de canard au miel et au vinaigre de cidre in my kitchen (yes, duck figurines are featured in the accompanying arrangment in Gourmandise en fleurs)!

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Love Lies Bleeding And Other Flowers From My Mother’s Garden

Thankfully my mother is pinch-hitting for me since I have totally lost all arranging skills after a month on vacation.  The container is from her jar collection–it’s slightly violet-tinted.  All flowers from her garden.

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A Thank You Bouquet for a Friend

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Peonies, Graham Thomas garden roses, and wisteria leaves

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Lilac, snowball viburnum, violet and green tulips

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Roses, ranunculus, flowering sage, unknown branches (wegnia?)

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Oh Mercy, Mercy Me

I was browsing FFFFOUND! and this image caught my eye:

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Those ranunculus, those lamb’s ears, those mona lisa anemones!  Is that a branch of eucalyptus beads I see in the background?   WHO could have made this GORGEOUS arrangement?  WHO could have combined such unexpected elements yet made such an elegant statement?

It comes from the Saipua blog.  Where had I heard that name before?

Then I realized it’s those soothing soap-makers from Brooklyn who sell at Atomic Garden right here in Rockridge!  But they do floral design?  

After visiting the website, I have to admit I still don’t quite understand how all the pieces fit together.  All I know is that Saipua makes some of the most gorgeous, naturalistic, refined floral arrangements I’VE EVER SEEN.  Here are some more of my favorites:

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They’ve mastered everything from the tall statement arrangment,

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to the perfect posy;

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from the modern, (succulents and sea holly)

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to the classic (camelia, protea, lisianthus, veronica, queen anne’s lace, geranium leaves, dogwood, cock’s comb celosia).

I haven’t been this excited about a florist since I discovered Birch in San Francisco.  New Yorkers take note!  Let your loved ones know who to call the next time they’re in the dog house!

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