mon bouquet du jour

by Sharon Santoni
 Had fun this morning, home from the fair.  So nice to find the house
clean and tidy – bless my family! – but wanted to renew the flowers.
I love arranging flowers in this old soup tureen.  The lid was shattered years ago,
but it’s graceful curves and generous bowl make it ideal for showing roses from the garden.
 Sometimes I use florist foam for positioning the stems, but today I had none,
and instead I crumpled a piece of chicken wire into the bowl.
In the garden I cut different varieties of roses, pink spiraea, fading climbing
hydrangea, purple sage and annual poppies.  I assembled on the
terrace because there were petals everywhere.
And voila!  10 minutes of pleasure cutting and arranging,  then hopefully
almost a week to enjoy them indoors.
PS –   I just had to show you this baby – new in my garden.  Growing up
the wall of  the guest cottage actually,   a rose called Polka.  Don’t you
love the subtle colour and the fluffy petals?


Franka June 23, 2011 - 1:40 pm

Well done!

What a pretty bouquet and lovely instruction!

Bonne journée!

CÉLINE CHOLLET June 23, 2011 - 1:58 pm

Quel beau bouquet ! De quoi inspirer les peintres….
À bientôt,

Melissa June 23, 2011 - 2:53 pm

i loooove these Sharon…

what a gorgeous garden you have…there is absolutely NOTHING like the smell of fresh flowers in the house…i'm sure your rooms smell heavenly…

still reading avidly -but i don't always comment…thought it was time to get back to sharing again…sorry for my quiet-ness for a while…

melissa xx

Cara June 23, 2011 - 3:00 pm


under spanish moss June 23, 2011 - 3:24 pm

So beautiful! Wishing we had all of these beautiful flowers in our garden. Planning on planting more roses this year! Have a lovely day! XO Angela and Renee

I Dream Of June 23, 2011 - 3:51 pm

Just lovely. I'm awfully fond of your floral posts, and this one is just splendid. Your roses are gorgeous. Thanks for the lesson in making something beautiful!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ June 23, 2011 - 3:54 pm

Beaautiful flowers beautifully arranged.

Anonymous June 23, 2011 - 3:58 pm

That is so gorgeous and will give much pleasure. I need more roses as well. Not easy in sandy soil but lining the holes with newspaper helps and then I fill in with a special mix of soil. Can't wait for summer when I see a floral flurry like that.


Olga Duron June 23, 2011 - 4:18 pm

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the instructions and gorgeous photos….


Jo Farmer June 23, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Really beautiful and reminds me of a French painting, I saw in a London Gallery a while back.

Amy June 23, 2011 - 5:02 pm

I wish I had that variety in my garden. I'm still struggling to get the garden cleared off after two years of neglect because I was off traveling and living my life rather than gardening – a thistle bouquet is about all I'd be able to make right now! There are some terrifying photos of it on my blog…look if you dare.

Lorrie June 23, 2011 - 6:29 pm

Your arrangement is so lush and full. It looks like it could be a painter's still life.

Blondie's Journal June 23, 2011 - 7:16 pm

I really need to grow more flowers for cutting. This is such a pretty arrangement! Thanks for the little tutorial!


Grammy Goodwill June 23, 2011 - 7:27 pm

Just a lovely bouquet of flowers. Thanks for sharing how you put it together. Now if I only had some flowers….

Karen June 23, 2011 - 7:42 pm

Absolutely beautiful. I love the 'mahonia' berries, what a wonderful tutorial. Thanks,

Missy June 23, 2011 - 8:15 pm

Very pretty indeed. And I love the gravy boat!

Stephanie June 23, 2011 - 8:21 pm

beautiful! thanks for sharing!

Southerncook June 23, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Excellent tutorial. I do flower arrangements for large events but yet I don't think I could tell someone step by step how I put them together. I don't have any Mahonia in my garden and I love the use of it in your arrangement. I am checking with my favorite nursery tomorrow and will probably plant some. I do grow lots of old garden roses and David Austins. I enjoy doing arrangements for my home and like to have plenty of plant material that I can use from my garden. I am so glad I found your blog, it is lovely.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Stef@ June 23, 2011 - 9:52 pm

So beatiful!Looks like a paint!Adorable!

Fay June 23, 2011 - 11:21 pm

Exquiste Sharon thankyou fay x

Deborah June 24, 2011 - 12:04 am


Deborah xo

webb June 24, 2011 - 12:29 am

thanks for the tutorial. I needed that! My mahonia is struggling, well dying. Any suggestions?

so sedas June 24, 2011 - 12:37 am

Gorgeus! So romantic…!


IAMSNOWFLAKE June 24, 2011 - 3:22 am

Thanks for the beauty you share with us post after post. It's lovely to see that you embrace your country life and enjoy your garden while letting us peek over the fence.

Anne Marie... June 24, 2011 - 3:41 am

gorgeous Sharon!!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity June 24, 2011 - 3:56 am

What a gorgeous flower display. I love that you used a gravy boat – would never have thought of doing that – and that is nice and low and compact so you can see over it easily.

Gail Peterson June 24, 2011 - 7:30 am

Beautiful arrangement! I love flowers from the garden.
Happy Summer*

Ruth June 24, 2011 - 5:14 pm

C'est tres jolie, bravo! Thanks for the tutorial, I am inspired to go out into my southern califoria garden and try some arrangements 🙂

Isabel July 23, 2013 - 11:48 pm

All beautiful, colourful in the right measure and joyful flower settings, congratulations and thank you for sharing.


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