Thursday, August 24, 2017

A little cheating ~

I love having a fresh arrangement on this table in my living room...but I am lazy.

So I cheat. Not all of the time, during certain seasons when the garden is full to brimming with flowers it is easy to throw together a nice bouquet. But once the really hot weather hits that becomes more difficult.

It is during these months that I look to plant material that is long lasting in the vase and readily available in my garden. This time I used two standbys: succulents and foliage from a Smoke Bush. 
These will last in the vase for about two weeks. By then the succulents have grown roots and can be planted outside. 

Now comes the cheating part. 

I don't want to upset purist, but if my garden is really bare, I add high quality silk flowers. 

You don't need a lot, just a couple pops of color bring it all together and by keeping mostly natural plant material it is extremely hard to tell that anything is artificial.

Sometimes a little cheating isn't that bad.

Thank you for visiting.

Have a lovely day!


  1. Replies
    1. so nice to hear from you. I went to your blog to see if you had a new post, but couldn't find one. I hope that all is well with you and your family.

  2. What a wonderful idea. My roses have slowed down, so no cut flowers.

    I am not looking forward to the hot weather that is coming next week. I was hoping that we were over that.

    Enjoy your weekend.


    1. I am not looking forward to it either. Darn, it's been so nice lately. Maybe this is the last siege of hot, hot weather we will have to endure.

  3. Adrienne, that arrangement is so pretty. I do that all the time. The only flowers readily available here are your basic grocery store arrangements or very expensive florist bouquets. If nothing pretty is growing in the garden, there is always some kind of "greens" and faux to mix in. Makes for a more substantial arrangement. Hope you are experiencing some cooling down weather. A little bit here..Judy

  4. What a beautiful blog!I am glad I found it.Hugs,Maristella.

  5. That's great and pretty! The same thing happens with the flowers here when it is hot, but I am working on my September garden, and maybe everything will recover by October. xoxo Su


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