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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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Flower of the Day: Scabiosa

I love the simplicity of scabiosa; a flower with a complete lack of pretension.

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Scabiosa comes in an array of colors including a variety of blues and violets.  One of my personal favorites is the “black” scabiosa.  

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Scabiosa is also famous for its pods.  They look a little funny on their own, but are a floral designers secret trick.  The chameleonlike little balls can be tucked into arrangements of various colors, shapes and sizes to add texture and interest.

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Finally, a beautiful photograph of a classic periwinkle scabiosa (the tight little buds are a whole other beautiful entity no?):

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