Inspiration

I’m always looking for inspiration for a flower arrangement.  I’m constantly snapping pictures of flowers and arrangements that I like with my iPhone.  My new favorite flower is the ginger blossom, the blossom on the ginger plant is so fragrant and wonderful – I can’t get enough of them. I first saw it in the flower market in Hong Kong.  Now the question is where do I find ginger blossoms in the States?  Hum, a challenge!

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I thought I would share some of my favorite arrangements!  I find them everywhere – hotels, airports, shopping centers, anywhere there are flowers I find inspiration!

 

The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

 

The Four Seasons Hotel (Hong Kong, Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada)

 

The Ritz Carlton, Atlanta, GA

 

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The Winter Antique Show, NY, NY

Frederick Fekkai Salon, 5th Avenue, NY, NY

The Blue Ridge Ball, NY, NY (The Univeristy Club and the Cosmoplitian Club)

Ljubljana, Slovenia –  Saturday Market

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Charleston Symphony House, Society Street, Charleston, SC

Colonial Williamsburg, The Inn – Williamsburg, VA

 

The Greenbrier- White Sulpher Springs, W. VA

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The inspiration sometimes shows up in my home, in this case, my dining room!

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The Art of the Bloom

There is nothing better to brighten up a room than a vase of fresh flowers.  Since the florist does not make regular appearances at my door, I’ve taken to the flower aisle at the local grocery store.  As a child I remember sitting at a table in the garage that my grandfather set up for my grandmother.  She loved making flower arrangements.  She had a box of “frogs”, flower tape, ribbon and wire, and – beautiful flowers.  She would set out everything she needed and a bit later a work of art would sit on the table.  I’m not certain if this was a southern thing or a Charleston thing, but she could work magic with whatever was at hand.

My grandmother’s arrangements were complicated with a variety of different flowers, greens, tall, short- all mixed together depending upon what was in season.  When she had a hole to fill you would find her out in the garden with a pair of clippers and her imagination.

Where  grandmom’s arrangements were complex, I opt for simple.  In the summer, I tend towards sunflowers.  They are happy and make me smile.  I have a couple of go to vases but my favorite vase is one a bit on the modern side that works with my eclectic sense of style.  In the flower aisle I look for one flower that is fresh and crisp.  I then buy enough of that one flower to fill my vase.  At the grocery, flowers are usually sold in a bunch of three or four so I need multiple bunches to fill my vase.  The end result I want is a very full vase so I always add one bunch over what I think it will take to fill the vase.

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At home, I cut the stems at an angle to three or four inches above the top of my vase and remove all the leaves that are “inside” the vase.  I then add the flowers one stem at a time turning the vase as I go.  I start along the outside of my vase with the shorter stems and move to the inside with the stems cut slightly taller.  Then, my secret ingredient, a shot of vodka.  Be careful with the vodka, it serves to extend the life of the flowers but, if you add too much, you can get a drunken flower arrangement.  Finally, add clean water.  My arrangements tend to last a week so long as I remember to change the water.

 

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