mon bouquet du jour

by Sharon Santoni
 Still having fun and making the most of the flowers in the garden.  Several readers were kind enough to ask me questions about last week’s bouquet, so this week please indulge me while I give a mini tutorial!

First thing to know is that it’s worth picking a lot of flowers even for a small arrangement such as this.  As you can see I used several branches of 1- poppy, 2 – rue,  3 – euphorbia, 4 – pink rose, 5 – mahonia, 6 – apricot rose and my essential rose 7 – pierre de ronsard

For this arrangement I used a vintage gravy boat, filled with floral foam.  It doesn’t matter if the foam isn’t new, it can be quite expensive to buy, I use mine again and again.


Always start with the background colour or filler.  Here the euphorbia.  When composing arrangements like this it’s best to build up crescendo to the stars of the arrangement, strategically positioned last of all.

Here I’m beginning to give some body, and define the outline of the bouquet.  You can see how heavy the rose heads are at this time of year, I actually worked them up resting on top of each other.  Until finally I added the apricot roses, their touch of soft orange lifted the whole arrangement and made the other colours stand out.
Voila!  A touch of beauty to enjoy, and ready in ten minutes.
How I love these simple country pleasures.


Jacqui July 25, 2011 - 9:39 pm

Gosh, that bouquet is stunningly beautiful!

Karena July 25, 2011 - 10:05 pm

Sharon so gorgeous, I adore bouquets like this!


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Suzy's Vintage Attic July 25, 2011 - 10:10 pm

Stunning bouquet! You have a great eye for flower arranging.
Isabelle x

Franka July 25, 2011 - 10:11 pm

Wonderful bouquet!

Sleep well!

helen tilston July 25, 2011 - 10:35 pm

I do love it – such variety and texture.

Thanks for a cheerful Monday post
Helen xx

GoldenValley50 July 25, 2011 - 10:42 pm

A beautiful bouquet. I can identify most of the flowers but am curious about the gorgeous white spray in the foreground. Looks like Ixora? Lovely way to start the week. ;)Sharyne

Terra July 25, 2011 - 10:51 pm

Glorious rich colors contrasting with all the white.

Barefoot in Blue Jeans July 25, 2011 - 11:08 pm

Georgous arrangement. I personally love unstructured arrangements.

Jane, Naples, Florida July 25, 2011 - 11:13 pm

Who would not love this! It is breathtaking!

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Lorrie July 25, 2011 - 11:50 pm

Lush and full and colorful – such a gorgeous bouquet.

GWENNY July 25, 2011 - 11:53 pm

Your flowers are gorgeous.. I only imagine how glorious your garden must be.

chateau de fleurs July 26, 2011 - 1:27 am

Just gorgeous! That would make a beautiful painting! Christie

Mariette's Back to Basics July 26, 2011 - 1:31 am

Dearest Sharon,

That is a bouquet fit for a still life painting…
Just lovely and so lush! You're lucky.

Lots of love,


Katherine July 26, 2011 - 4:38 am

It is worth finding a shallow container for the trudge and fill it with water or oasis. The wood is a lovely juxtaposition of rustic with the beauty of the flowers. A winning combination.

Erica July 26, 2011 - 5:08 am

That bouquet is stunningly beautiful!

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Roses, Lace and Brocante July 26, 2011 - 6:17 am

The flowers look stunning in the trug!!
I always love flowers arranged in baskets.

Those fat buds of "Love in a Mist" just bursting to flower are exquisite!

Wonderful photos and they help me to remember summer!
It's mid winter and freezing cold in NZ as we've just had another huge dump of snow!!

Have a happy week.
Shane :))

Julie@beingRUBY July 26, 2011 - 10:05 am

Hi Sharon
I love this burst of colour.. so great to see as it is winter over my way.. but not for long!! [haven't had time to blog.. trying to catch up now]

See you soon.. ciao xxx Julie

Coco July 26, 2011 - 10:37 am

Absolutley stunning! Do you do anything to make the arrangements last longer?

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Darla July 26, 2011 - 11:02 am

I love the wild romantic look of it!

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) July 26, 2011 - 2:09 pm

Wow. How incredible that you picked all of those from your yard! I used to do this when we had lilac bushes galore in Michigan.

Angie Muresan July 26, 2011 - 3:22 pm

I'd pay good money to have that bouquet on my table right now. It's gorgeous!

Suzi July 26, 2011 - 3:25 pm

I love your bouquet. he best sort and straight from the garden even better. Your Nigella ( love in the mist) is superb! Gorgeous texture.

Amy July 26, 2011 - 7:39 pm

I'd say you should look for a water-proof trug at your next brocante adventure! I love the look you created both in the trug and in the vase. Gorgeous.

Mary Anne July 27, 2011 - 6:08 am

Sharon, that bouquet is beautiful! Also loved it in the trug. I have a wooden container that I use and found a vase that would fit down inside and no one would know that the arrangement had not been done in the wooden box.

Love that arrangement in your header! I just know you created that as well.

Leaving for England with Debra Phillips next month…………… year I hear we may be visiting you!!

under spanish moss July 27, 2011 - 11:52 am

We would have stop and smell the roses! Stunning!
Have a great wednesday!
Renee and Angela

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