the therapeutic bouquet

by Sharon Santoni

 

therapeutic bouquet of dahlias and roses

As you may know, I am a firm believer in the power of doing something creative each day.  Creating something gives me satisfaction, pleasure and the simple enjoyment of the finished result.  This is my therapeutic bouquet.

Since the beginning of the week, my daily to-do list has started with ‘ bouquet-dahlias-blog’.  Each day I’d work down the list, checking off tasks at this busy time of year.    Although it doesn’t take that long to put together a bouquet, there were continually things that got in my way. 

So after my last email of the day on Friday afternoon, I grabbed a pair of secateurs and headed for the garden.   As I walked out the door I got a call by Skype that I had to take, and when I finished that another call came in equally important.  The result was that I was rushing around the garden at 7pm cutting as I went and by the time I finished the bouquet, dusk was setting in.

At the moment in the garden there are dahlias, roses and some foliage that is beginning to take on a hint of orange.   I popped them all into an old tureen, starting with the outline foliage then filling in the details.  Set it up on a table in front of the barn and pulled out my tripod.

Thank goodness for clever cameras and bright coloured flowers!   I’m fairly clueless when it comes to camera settings, but I adjusted the aperture and the ISO and hoped for the best, relying on my Nikon to do the hard work.

therapeutic bouquet of dahlias and roses

This is the result.  A pretty and colourful bouquet for the weekend, using only flowers, foliage and blackberries from the garden.   It took ten minutes to pick, ten minutes to set up and ten minutes to shoot.   

therapeutic bouquet of dahlias and roses

So next time your energy levels feel low, and you can carve out half an hour to ‘play’, don’t hesitate!    Whether it is a bouquet, sewing, drawing or baking, the time you spend being creative will be repaid many times over.

This bouquet is for you.   Have  a lovely weekend

27 comments

Jeanne September 14, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Thankk you!

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David Phillips September 14, 2019 - 4:44 pm

It’s absolutely beautiful Sharon! Such a creation. You are an example!!! (Looking forward to seeing you soon:-))

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Janet Arden September 14, 2019 - 4:47 pm

It’s beautiful! And I’m going to add doing something creative to me everyday list of goals.

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Blanca Martinez September 14, 2019 - 5:05 pm

Just beautiful, as an artist I love to create but often life gets on the way. This was a good reminder that I should make time to create something even small each day. Thank you, you inspire me!
Blessings, Blanca M.

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Dee September 14, 2019 - 5:22 pm

Thank you and to you also xx

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Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things September 14, 2019 - 5:25 pm

Beautiful!

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Julie Messerschmidt September 14, 2019 - 5:33 pm

So pretty, Sharon! Dahlias are so gorgeous in France these days. Sadly, not having a garden, I can’t go out and pick my bouquet, but I can buy a big beautiful bouquet of them at the Beaune Saturday market. I enjoy rearranging them into smaller bouquets to have throughout the apartment. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Carol September 14, 2019 - 5:40 pm

Sharon, I love your beautiful bouquets of flowers! Your blog, books, boxes, etc. just getter better all of the time!

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Cindy Stierhoff September 14, 2019 - 6:18 pm

So beautiful and fresh looking Sharon! I love Dahlias, was able to grow them in Texas, but here now in California they don’t survive…am trying to collect Monarch butterfly eggs now on my Milkweed plants.

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Ida Duplechin September 14, 2019 - 6:39 pm

Thank you. How beautiful. Exactly what I wanted to experience today.

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Kathy September 14, 2019 - 7:38 pm

These beautiful moments certainly do lift the spirit! Thank you for sharing.

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Bonnie Gikis September 14, 2019 - 10:19 pm

Oh, Sharon . . .Your bouquet is so BEAUTIFUL. Soul Candy . . .AND your words on creativity bring tears to my eyes. Thank you beautiful lady . . .thank you . . .& I LOVE My Stylish French Boxes and your gorgeous Golden Retriever . . . Happy Autumn!

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Sally Sebastian September 15, 2019 - 1:43 am

Inspiring and much needed wisdom and inspiration. Thank you! Helpful thoughts and words.

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A. F. N. September 15, 2019 - 3:04 am

Spectacular….so wish we could have Dahlias in the western U. S. So beautiful. Thank you Sharon.

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Cat September 15, 2019 - 3:08 am

Super beautiful. Can you tell me the names of your dahlias, foilage and blackberries?

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Jeanne Henriques September 15, 2019 - 5:10 am

Exquisite Sharon!! xx

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Hazel Lavelle September 15, 2019 - 11:37 am

It was so nice to read your blog today and see you arrange your flowers ,
Thankyou Sharon .
Hazel X

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Donna M Macheska September 15, 2019 - 2:33 pm

Beautiful!

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Kameela September 15, 2019 - 11:17 pm

Thank you hope you had a great weekend.Stunning bouquet Sharon. Just how I like my floral arrangements

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Sandra Denbow September 15, 2019 - 4:11 pm

Lovely!! Your creativity is most inspiring!!

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Mary from Napa Valley September 15, 2019 - 6:44 pm

Made my morning! Thanks for sharing the beauty of nature and your amazing artistic talent!

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Harrigan Ellen September 15, 2019 - 11:57 pm

Thank you for the beautiful eye candy! Yes taking taking the time is so important to live a beautiful life. The smile created is as beautiful as the flowers.

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Kathryn Gauci September 16, 2019 - 9:11 am

The colours remind me of sumptuous silk textiles.

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Marilyn Steele September 16, 2019 - 8:02 pm

What a beautiful result! Even more, I admire your determination to complete this creative task before the day’s end. After all the challenges to get to it, I’m sure you felt a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as you viewed this lovely arrangement over the coming days. Well done!

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Lorrie September 17, 2019 - 5:50 am

Taking time to play is important. And what beauty you created!

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Joanne Day September 19, 2019 - 1:00 am

Thank you Sharon. Just stunning. A bouquet of flowers brings me so much joy!

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Nippon December 28, 2019 - 11:01 am

I read a lot of blog posts!! This is great content work.

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