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Garden Club Flowers In A Mug

Flowers In A Mug

Although I have already posted pictures of flowers in a vase today here is another arrangement.

My garden club meets tomorrow morning and each member has been asked to bring in a mug of flowers to set up on a table for a cheerful spring display.

With this in mind, on Sunday I purchased some purple and white stock and some white roses tinted with the barest apricot hue.

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The flowers were not in pristine condition, especially the roses, but I used them anyway tonight to create a round design in a heavy, lime green soup mug.

I filled out the arrangement with stems of Japanese holly, branches of spiraea and a few sprigs of lavender.


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In thinking about how the design turned out I would change several things. I would increase the number of roses and reduce the stems of stock. Perhaps I will like it better when the stock finishes opening.

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I used the Japanese holly stems around the base of the mug to hide the florist’s foam and it seems very dark and dense. Next time I might opt for lavender or something else that is lighter.

I also cut the roses too short and should have adjusted the other material accordingly. In fact, lowering the arrangement by several inches might improve the overall proportions, but overall I am please with the balance.

The white stock is especially pretty, more fully open and fresher than the purple one.
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This was a fun design to create and it is always a good learning experience to work with different materials. It will be fun to see the other members’ mugs. The spring garden table will be overflowing with flowers at tomorrow’s meeting.

A Spring Garden Tour

My local garden club organizes a well-run and significant garden tour every two years known as the Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour. The dates this year are May 3-4, 2014.

Long before I joined the club I had enjoyed discovering hidden garden gems in the Chapel Hill area by participating in this tour. It is instructive to see different garden styles, to see what plants others gardeners nearby are growing, to get ideas for interesting combinations of plants. Of course, it is also pleasant to walk around Chapel Hill in springtime.

Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour, May 3-4, 2014

Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour, May 3-4, 2014

In addition to featuring seven private gardens, this year’s tour also includes the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and the local university’s community garden.  Funds raised from the tour this year will help support the new Children’s Wonder Garden at NCBG. Artists will be painting en plain air in three of the gardens and the North Carolina Opera will give two performances, so the tour weekend will be quite busy and exciting.

If you are interested in seeing a preview of the gardens that will be on the tour, visit the tour website. In the sidebar there is a list titled “Garden Preview” with links to each garden’s photographs and description.

And if you will be in the Chapel Hill area May 3-4, I encourage you to make plans to tour these special gardens.

A Grapevine Wreath

My garden club sponsored a grapevine wreath workshop earlier in the week.

One of the members provided enough grapevine material for twenty people, all culled from pruning this year’s growth from her vines.  Another member who joined at the same time as I shared  with me generous amounts of fresh greenery from her large property. I just needed clippers and gloves.

After a brief discussion about technique, we got to work and the wreaths went together quickly.

Grapevine Wreath

Grapevine Wreath

It was interesting to see how different each finished wreath was. Some were almost completely overlaid with glossy Magnolia leaves, others were brightly adorned with red Nandina berries, and then there was everything in-between, all reflecting the personality and aesthetic of the wreath maker.  I chose to use the fresh materials as accent.

Grapevine Wreath

Grapevine Wreath

My friend had brought cuttings of boxwood, holly, as well as wonderfully fragrant eucalyptus and rosemary. She also had beautiful cedar with dark blue berries—I think it is Juniperus virginiana (Eastern red cedar).

Eucalyptus leaves and Juniperus virginiana (Eastern redcedar)

Eucalyptus leaves and Juniperus virginiana (Eastern redcedar)

Eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus leaves

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern redcedar)

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern redcedar)

The grapevine’s curly tendrils enhance the wreath’s base. Next time I will choose even more carefully to ensure the vine is filled with these curlycue structures.

Grapevine Tendrils

Grapevine Tendrils

Grapevine Tendril

Grapevine Tendrils

Perhaps I’ll add a bow later but for now I like the simplicity. This workshop was a fun way to spend a couple of hours with energetic and friendly, garden-loving people.

Garden Club Flower Show

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I have been participating this year in the level 1 floral design workshop offered through my garden club. Today at our May meeting the club sponsored a flower show and I entered a design in a class reserved just for the first year students—New Sprouts.

This is a building year for the club’s flower show, the first held after a long hiatus. As such, no prizes were awarded this year in the floral design category, rather all entrants received written comments from the judges. On my card I was thrilled to see good remarks for scale, proportion and container.

There was also a horticulture component for which prizes were awarded. I look forward to learning more about the horticulture side next year. I forgot to take my camera to the meeting today but had plenty else to remember, so I am not surprised.

My floral entry was a traditional round table design. I purchased Eucalyptus, Alstroemeria, Chrysanthemum and Roses. The rest of the flowers came from my garden.

Plant Materials

Outline foliage
Eucalyptus cinerea

Concealer leaves
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)

Outline flowers
Chrysanthemum sp.

Focal flowers
Rosa sp.
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Filler flowers and foliage
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow)
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)
Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)