the clematis bouquet

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]This week, the Montana Clematis was calling my name and its colour looked so pretty matched with some purple sage, the last heads of lilac, a little snowball Viburnum and some fennel leaves from the potager.[blank]

[blank]I had never used clematis in a bouquet.  It’s long straggling stems are difficult to handle, and the flowers often point downwards instead of raising their faces to the sky like any well bred sensible flower would do.[blank]

[blank]The trick with the clematis is to cut short sections, either above or below the flower, just long enough to fix into the florists foam.[blank]

[blank]Popped the flowers into a crystal vase found at a fair, I just love its wide shallow shape.[blank]

[blank]Et voilà!
Rambling clematis .. tamed![blank]


Angie Burrett June 5, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Totally gorgeous. I do so enjoy your blogs Sharon, always inspiration. Thank you. I shall go and pick some clematis right now!

BECKY June 5, 2013 - 3:59 pm

Oh Sharon…what an absolutely stunning arrangement! Just so lovely! You sure know how to make nature's bounty even more dazzling!! Thank you for always sharing such beauty!!

Joanne C June 5, 2013 - 4:09 pm

I love clematis !!! Beau bouquet aux douces couleurs…

La Vie Quotidienne June 5, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Quite lovely! I have never used Clematis as a cut flower ~ now I will.

Lorrie June 5, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Another gorgeous and lush bouquet. I love the shades of lilac combined with white.

Shabby soul June 5, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Beautiful! I love wild fennel leaf inside =)
have a lovely day

AYU June 5, 2013 - 5:11 pm

I love the colors of the flower arrangement! Beautiful! 🙂

La Table De Nana June 5, 2013 - 6:28 pm

It's a gorgeous bouquet!

My clemtais have buds..

So soon..

Chicatanyage June 5, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Montana is my favourite however ours has not done so well this year due to inclement weather.

rosaria williams June 5, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Stunning! I shall look for Montana, and those bistro chairs too!

donna baker June 5, 2013 - 7:22 pm

I never knew clematis could be tamed into a bouquet. That is probably the most beautiful bouquet I've ever seen.

Kimberly VanDyke June 5, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Your arrangement is spectacular. Thank you for sharing.

Linda Carswell June 5, 2013 - 8:21 pm

GORGEOUS photos!!!!

notchke June 5, 2013 - 8:26 pm

I usually float my clematis in water. Your arrangement is beautiful.
Nina in Michigan

Lorenza June 5, 2013 - 8:56 pm


Barbara Lilian June 5, 2013 - 11:56 pm

What a delightful bouquet, so pretty with the clematis in between the lilacs & 'les boules de neige'

Sandy at You May Be Wandering June 6, 2013 - 12:06 am

These are so pretty!!! You make such gorgeous arrangements!

Sweetladyelaine June 6, 2013 - 12:34 am

I just discovered your blog! Your home is beautiful! The flowers are lovely…
Blessings My Friend,

Pat@Life At Lydias House June 6, 2013 - 1:57 am

You are such a gifted flower arranger! All of your arrangements are stunning!

Anonymous June 6, 2013 - 4:06 am

Absolutely beautiful….you have a way with flowers and photographs that's a wonderful gift. Is that the scented Elizabeth? Hi Sharon hope you are enjoying your warm weather and beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing. I have 3 clematis plants in my garden and Elizabeth is one of them you have given me an idea of how to enjoy them indoors. Regards Esther from Sydney.

Linda June 6, 2013 - 4:20 am


Carolyn June 6, 2013 - 4:37 am

This is absolutely beautiful. You make the most wonderful floral arrangements. Did you ever have any training or are you just a natural? Your gardens and grounds are glorious, too.

Bakersfield Wedding Photography June 6, 2013 - 5:52 am

Absolutely stunning arrangement! You are so gifted with such talent.

martinealison June 6, 2013 - 6:18 am

De la fraîcheur, de la délicatesse… Que du bonheur avec ces superbes photos…
Le doux parfum de ces fleurs arrivent jusqu'à moi !
Gros bisous

Babi June 6, 2013 - 10:23 am

No words … just perfect!
I really love this bouquet and I love pictures, the chair, the atmosphere …
Bisou, Babi

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The enchanted home June 6, 2013 - 1:22 pm

That is soooo beautiful. I love the soft colors and the natural way the flowers are draping…you are good, Sharon. VERY good.

marsha cannon June 6, 2013 - 2:06 pm

I have never used clematis in a bouquet either but saw one at my garden club fundraiser this year and wanted to try it. Mine does not have enough blooms for me to want to clip it so thanks for making yours for me to enjoy!

peggy braswell June 6, 2013 - 7:36 pm

you are so smart + I love clematis + now I will put them in an arragement.

Bonnie June 6, 2013 - 11:17 pm

Your bouquet is lovely. I would never think of using clematis in an arrangement. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration. Bonnie

Laurie June 7, 2013 - 1:20 am

I love how you arranged this bouquet,Sharon; they all compliment each other so well. Being from Montana, I especially enjoy the clematis. Perhaps I should plant one in our yard and enjoy its beauty!

Vintage Amethyst June 7, 2013 - 6:43 pm

This is absolutely beautiful.
I love clematis & this arrangement is wonderful.

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Alla June 7, 2016 - 10:24 pm

Dear Sharon, your arrangement is perfect! I just fall in love with the lilac! What is the name of this lilac variety?


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