Flowers and more flowers

You can see where the blog is headed this fall.  I have gotten my hands more into flowers this summer, and am doing some freelance floral and event design in NYC.  Yippeee! I have been lucky enough to join the Hatch Creative Studio team and am getting involved in all kinds of floral design and event styling.  It’s fun, and SO much hard work.  Major kudos to my fellow fleur-istas out there.  It is no joke, my friends.  Brides and grooms to be – your florist is probably working for every penny you pay them so be kind.

I picked up some flowers at The River Garden at the Union Square Greenmarket yesterday for a $15 flowers post.  I was having a really hard time choosing my favorites so I increased my budget slightly for this edition.  So here you have $40 flowers.  You will see just how far your money can stretch using different sized vases and vessels and dabbling with different types of arrangements and groupings.  I picked up some sunflowers, butterfly weed, cosmos, and snapdragons for the perfect end of summer white and yellow flower-a-palooza.

{The whole lot of flowers stripped and cleaned}

{I couldn’t resist the cosmos! Aren’t they amazing?!}

{I made three large arrangements with a mix of all the flowers}

{I then layered in individual flower types into smaller containers to give a real shout out to each of the fleurs – and to justify my over-the-top collection of vessels :-)}

{All the flowers as arrangements! I hope you enjoyed}

$15 Flowers – Pastel Yarrow & Dahlias

Holy blogging hiatus! Summer is just so footloose and fancy free that it’s really hard for me to sit down on my computer and write when there’s so much to be done outdoors.

Last week I was on Martha’s Vineyard with a group of lady friends.  I was reminded that I need to get back to doing my $15 bouquets on the blog.  Today I headed down to the Union Square Greenmarket and was pulled into the force-field of The River Garden’s gorgeous blooms.  In particular, they have had this FABULOUS pastel yarrow this past week begging me to bring it home and mix it up with some friendly fleurs.  I was also delighted to see that dahlias are coming in hot!  You know it’s pre-fall when the jewel-toned dahlia’s show their lioness faces.  Naturally I grabbed a bunch of each.

I have tons of glass and crystal vases at home, but yarrow and dahlia require a bit more of a casual vessel.  I scouted around my kitchen and finally in an “aha” moment, dumped all my kitchen spoons out of my huge ceramic utensil container and used it to arrange my flowers. The red ceramic is the perfect non-fussy compliment to the beautiful red blooms and wildflower yarrow.  Check out photos below!

{Here’s what two bunches for a total of $15 looked like before arranging (so many flowers!)}

{Yummy lioness Dahlia}

{Voila! One large arrangement/bouquet with leftovers for smaller vessels}

{Closeup of ceramic utensil container with large arrangement/bouquet – would be perfect for a rustic wedding!}

{How gorgeous are these pastel yarrow?! Pretty sherbet colors.}

{One last one!}