Saturday, April 16, 2011

Orange and Green and Gold

This arrangement was a fairly large arrangement which I designed for the Nittany Lion Inn.  It is done with two oasis balls covered with chrysanthemums and gerbera daisies.  The green mums are on the larger of the two balls.  The white in the balls is done with the use of corsage pins.  The gerbera daisies are wrapped in flat wire, which I ordered especially for this project.  It adds interest, and increases the support for the daisies in order to prevent them from flopping.  The third and smallest ball is made of wrapped flat wire.

I am pretty happy with this arrangement.  Were I to do it again, I would order more chrysanthemums, but overall, this has been one of my favorite arrangements.  It was fairly simple to create, although the flat wire was new to me.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Flowers for Tyson

I'm really happy with this one.  This was made with leftover flowers from the cooler.  I used bells of Ireland, yellow snapdragons, orange gerberas, and yellow mums.  My greenery is salal, and the filler flower is baby's breath.  I used colored green oasis in my container to add a little extra interest.  I like how cheerful this arrangement turned out to be.  It was fun to make and I'm pleased with it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Flower Show 2011

I took this picture at the Philadelphia flower show at the beginning of my Spring Break.  The theme this year was Paris.  The show was spectacular.  The style was very formal and eclectic.  There were flowers everywhere and it was a nice relief from the damp cold of winter.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A rose for autumn

This is a fairly simple all around arrangement.  It is orange roses, bakers fern, and eucalyptus.  It is certainly a lot more spread out than many of my arrangements, but I like it.  It is airy and quite pretty, although it was difficult for me to convince myself to keep it that spread out.  I like to put the flowers quite a bit closer together if I have any choice in the matter.  However, I do like the way it turned out, even if it is quite different from what I normally do.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Spring is coming

The weather has been changing over the last two weeks or so.  We had several very warm days, which were very nice, and all of the snow melted, although it's back again now.  I love the smell of the thaw, of dirt warming and softening.  To me, the thaw smells like life is beginning anew.  Everything is fresh and new in the spring.  The buds on the trees are beginning to swell.

Today I walked past the Tilias which line the way to my building and saw that their branches are taking on a definite reddish hue of new growth and life.  Their branches were dripping with water from the rain today, and all of it is giving me hope that Spring is coming.

Earlier this week as I walked past one of the campus buildings, a flash of yellow caught my eye.  The Hamamelis outside of the building were beginning to bloom, despite being covered in snow.  There is life, despite the still-frozen ground and the melting snow on the ground.  In a few short weeks, things will be starting to become green again.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Sorry for the lengthy hiatus.  I have been very busy with schoolwork and other activities which required my time, and so this blog had fallen somewhat by the wayside.  I am back now, however, and have my schedule a bit more under control.


This arrangement was done several weeks ago.  I ordered a single bunch of callas with the intention of doing something much like this.  This was my first time working with callas, and I quickly discovered that they have very flexible stems.  I am very happy with this arrangement and how it came it out.  Overall, it is one of my favorites thus far.  I like the amount of motion in the arrangement, and that there is plenty to look at throughout.