I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation. Phyllis Theroux The sun is peeking through the residual rain clouds left from yesterdays unexpected showers and I am … Continue reading
This is a recent flower arrangement I did for a customer with Fall flowers added
So many signs that Fall is coming and I am trying to get the garden ready! It does seem like I finish one task and another I didn’t even think of is waiting. This new puppy has sure taken … Continue reading
It’s that time of year again when I am full of expectations for what Spring will bring. This only happens in the Fall when I am buying my bulbs to plant. I love thinking about how beautiful the masses of … Continue reading
Yesterday I really wanted some dahlias for my home and mine were all finished blooming, so I decided to go to the Oakland flower market to see what I could find. I know that is always a dangerous thing when … Continue reading
Just like I thought the other day, the weather warmed back up and it was unseasonably hot yesterday. I took advantage of the weather and planted my new purple hydrangea and a pink honeysuckle. Pierre so generously offered to dig … Continue reading
Today is a big day in our home, today Zoe our new Silky Terrier arrived and it wouldn’t be right if she didn’t receive a proper introduction into Cheryl’s Garden. Zoe is 8 weeks old and will be joining our … Continue reading
March Hare: Why don’t you start at the beginning?
Mad Hatter: Yes and when you reach the end… Stop.
I love a good tea party as much as the next girl, especially one in the garden! What better way to combine the two than to design a beautiful Garden Teacup filled with flowers from my garden. Along with being a gardener, I am also a florist and have been for over 25 years. One of the things as a florist I have always tried to do whenever possible is to use flowers from my garden in my arrangements. Even if it is just greenery. Like this teacup arrangement overflowing with roses, hydrangea, alstomeria, love in a mist, delphinium and shasta daisies. Then tied with a harlequin midori ribbon on the handle, and don’t forget the saucer! What a unique way to bring the garden indoors.
Make Your Own Garden Teacup
If you would like to try your hand at making your own Garden Teacup all you need is a piece of floral foam cut to the size of your teacup and soaked in water. I add 1/2 t. of bleach to the water to keep the flowers fresher longer. Place foam securely in your cup and make sure it fits snugly. Next choose the flowers you like from your garden, not too large but with strong stems. Place small pieces of greenery around the outside edge of the cup into the foam and a couple in the middle. Add your flowers cutting the stems so that they are taller in the middle of the cup and gradually get shorter near the outer edges. Fill in any empty spots with more greenery and tie a bow to the handle. That’s all there is to it! Now you have your own Garden Teacup for your own floral tea party. Cookie anyone?
Flowers surround me, always. My friend Karen says no matter where I am there is always a flower. Simple, extravagant, common, unique, it really doesn’t matter in the end because they all make up a part of who I am and have done so for as long as I can remember. I was always the little girl bringing huge fresh picked bouquets of lilacs to my mom or teachers. Never mind that they were from the neighbor’s backyard! I was lucky at age 6 they thought I was cute trying to reach the elusive blossoms. I bought seeds every summer with what little money I had and planted hollyhocks and sunflowers and watched in awe as they grew taller than me, Then when the sunflowers turned to seed I waited for the birds to come and feast upon the delicacy awaiting them. I tried my hand at vegetable gardening and planted popcorn in hopes of growing corn. I had spent Summer vacations with my grandmother in Kentucky and she had taught me much about vegetable gardening as she had an enormous five acre garden that she and my grandpa planted. She taught me well because my corn grew only to be mowed down by the apartment maintenance man one afternoon when I was at a friends. I didn’t give up, but I went back to flowers. Life moved on and so did I. Peonies filled my first home from all the bushes outside my living room window. Tulips, daffodils and muscari have followed me everywhere. Moving from the East Coast and having my first jasmine plant here in California so sweet and intoxicating is a memory I will never forget. I could go on and on. You see each important moment in my life. Every special person has a flower associated with them. I know each and every one of them because they are part of who they are to me. Flowers surround me, in my garden and in the memories and people I love.