Wednesday, October 10, 2007

1 + 1 = 4

Before (Canadian) Thanksgiving I bought myself a medium sized bouquet of flowers in fall colours. I don't buy myself flowers often, but I thought they would look nice for our dinner guests, our son-in-law's grandparents.

Well, the guests arrived carrying a great big bouquet of fall flowers for me. Gorgeous flowers, including a few exotics like a bird of paradise and a stem of gigantic, aromatic, white lilies. I quickly arranged them in the largest container I had on hand, a heavy, clear glass cookie jar.

Then next day, when I had more time, I was looking the flowers over in more detail and realized that with a little creative rearranging I could combine the flowers from both the fall bouquets and come up with 4 separate bouquets.

Part of the motivation for separating some of the flowers were these:

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I've heard that Gerbera Daisies break down causing a murky pollution in floral arrangements which makes the other flowers wilt a little sooner than they might otherwise. I love the look of Gerbera Daisies all by themselves anyway, so I separated them out and they now liven up a corner of my main bathroom.

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In amongst all the yellows, golds and rusts there were a number of pink flowers. Carnations of course (my birth month flower), and I think the others are called "freesias"? These seemed a natural go together, and look lovely in front of the hutch mirror on my bedroom dresser.

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Then there were three lovely yellow roses and a yellow filler of some kind that now have a home beside my knitting chair. I love yellow roses. I chose them for my bridal bouquet 30 years ago.

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And last, but not least, what remains is still a very large, mixed bouquet! It takes centre stage in our living room where the fragrance of those white lilies fills the room.

I know for sure that there have NEVER been so many beautiful flowers in my home at once. What a treat!


Anonymous said...

Hi Marlene, What a great job you did with the flowers.....and I especially like the daisies with just one stem of golden rod. Splitting them up was a very good idea to delay the wilting time, and of course to ba able to spread them around the house.
We really enjoyed our visit with you and though I loved the turkey dinner I still regret being too full to have desert - which I never make so it was a lost opportunity. Will note your address so I can get in touch again. Joan

Leisel said...

I think those other pink ones might be Alstroemeria lillies. I couldn't enlarge the picture, though, so I'm not sure.

Here's a bunch of pics of Alstroemerias, so you can decide for yourself if that's what they are... enjoy (they're one of my favorite flowers):

Marlene said...

Thanks for dropping by the blog Joan!. What a nice surprise. And thanks again for the beautiful flowers.

Oh, that's exactly what they look like Leisel. In fact, the pink ones I have seem to be the "hybrid princess rebecca" variety pictured, or at least something very similar. Thanks!

Lani said...

What beautiful flowers! And you know, most of those are fairly long-lasting, so as long as you keep their water fresh you'll be enjoying their beauty for quite a few more days.

Maggie Ann said...

You made a good thing even better by making more than one arrangement...I like the idea of some in various rooms to enjoy. Sounds like your holiday was very special...=)