Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The original reason to head north last weekend was to attend my sister's first wedding shower, given by some lovely ladies in the church we grew up in. It was so fun to see everyone, and I found out I have some blog readers up there I didn't know about!
One of the hostesses asked me to bring a flower arrangement for the table, and of course I was happy to. For the first time, I priced a local wholesale florist, and was able to do a much bigger arrangement than if I had bought from my usual florist.
I used glass urn (bought at HomeGoods, where else?!) and created a collar with white hydrangeas, then got some height with two bunches of Bells of Ireland. When i put it together on Saturday morning, the pink French tulips were drooping dramatically down the sides, but -- in true tulip fashion -- by shower time on Sunday afternoon, they had probably grown an inch and were standing tall. Oh well! This was really the first time I arranged something that would be seen by more eyes than mine and I was happy with it.
The hydrangeas didn't make the car ride home, but I do like the Bells of Ireland alone. There is a gorgeous blue-and-white table setting in the May issue of Southern Accents, and the centerpiece is a massive arrangement of Bells -- very dramatic!
I cut the tulips down and lined them up on the dining room table in some miniature Pelligrino bottles. The rest are scattered in bud vases around the house, which, as you can see here, is very tempting for Peepers. Knocking over my flowers is one of his favorite past times. Sigh.