For Diana

I thought, while I took the time to edit the 500,000,000,000 (at least) photos that I took on the cruise, I would show you this.

Diana from Elephants Eye has been a long time reader of my blog. I guess I have blown her away with the brilliance of my flower designing, because she is always commenting how she never gets to see it any more. I did think that I would be arranging flowers in the flat all the time, but for some reason, the gardeners at the complex where I live frown on my ‘helping’ myself to their stuff. I can’t understand why? I am just trying to make life easier for them.

But I did have a chance recently to visit a cut flower farm, here in Barbados.

This is not me!

So many flowers to choose from

And I purchased a couple of things…

Then I made these two arrangements.

This is a 3 sided, and it is on a chest in my foyer. It consists of 3 torch ginger, some song of India and 2 Strelitzia leaves.

 I also used the bottom half of the ginger when I shortened them. If you look closely, you can see 2 stems in the vase, they are a red bamboo looking stem.

In this shorter vase, I also used song of india, and a green that I have not seen before

 It looks like a giant Italian parsley, but the leaves are hard, not soft like parsley. And I added these peachy anthiriums.

I hate to tell you (but I will), that I purchased these flowers the week before I left on the cruise, and in the excitement I forgot to throw them out. Most of the anthiriums were still in good shape when I arrived back, so I just went for fresh water and a quick rearrange. I certainly got my moneys worth out of that lot…


18 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    And … is your creative muse singing for joy? Song of India is an enchanting name for a plant! I wonder if your hard Italian parsley is a climbing Senecio, altho to me our South African plant looks more like a fleshy ivy, and it has good sized yellow daisy flowers. Won’t grow for me, probably prefers a kinder summer!

  2. 3

    It’s always nice to go back home and find some flowers still workable from before you left.

    I bet it felt good to arrange again. In a previous life, I had a wedding cake business and every time I do a cake, I take extra pleasure these days.

  3. 5

    I can see why Diana wanted you to arrange some more flowers…what gorgeous choices…I love them!!

  4. 7

    Barbara H. said,

    I didn’t realize how much I enjoy seeing your arrangements until seeing these after a long absence. I love the artwork behind the first arrangement and love how the arrangement complements it.

  5. 9

    Anna said,

    Beautiful arrangements ~ I especially like the one in the green vase. Thanks to Diana for providing you with the inspiration 🙂

  6. 11

    Marguerite said,

    I love seeing your flower creations too so this was a welcome post! All those buckets of amazing tropical beauties, it would have been hard to choose.

  7. 13

    cobblehillgarden said,

    These arrangements are just beautiful and I particularly liked the ‘tough’ parsley. I lived in Malaysia for awhile, and it was there. You have a wonderful gift!

  8. 15

    Hi Deborah, I could use to take some lessons from your arrangements. I am forever over-stuffing my own and round making balls, unlike the beautiful, airy looking arrangements that you have made here. I especially like the way you used striped leaves and put pebbles into the water in the first bouquet.

  9. 17

    Really beautiful designs and so exotic, you are very talented with the flowers.

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