my creative bouquet

by Sharon Santoni

As August approaches the garden is over its initial June frenzy and we settle in for the warm weather until September arrives. Today I was feeling the need to be creative, and I grabbed a basket and scissors to see what I could forage in the garden despite the heatwave.

Flowers are one of my easiest ways to get creative, and if there is one thing that age has taught me it’s that being creative every day is absolutely vital to my well being.

This bouquet is not fancy, it isn’t professional looking but I don’t mind. It brought me pleasure to put it together and share the ‘making-of’ on Instagram here. It will bring me pleasure for the next couple of days as I walk past it on a table in the dining room.

Because I know how vital creativity is, and I know how easy it is to let our everyday routine steal those creative moments, I have decided that August will be my month of creativity here on the blog and on Instagram. I’ll be playing with flowers, doing some easy painting, creating table scapes, talking about garden design and also talking with some true artists whose creativity gives me joy.

I’m not setting myself up as an expert in any way, simply wanting to share the joy of doing something creative and enjoying the result, even when its not quite perfect.

I’d love to know where your creativity lies? What makes you tick? Which direction do you turn when you feel that your batteries are running on empty? Please share with us your own creative pleasures and how you kickstart your own energy when your daily routine is dragging you down?

And keep your eyes open for our creative and floral month of august!


Bonnie Wood July 28, 2022 - 1:33 am

I love flowers, but my garden is sooooooooooo overgrown!!!!!!!! It will get a clean-up in the Fall. I don’t bring flowers in because my son and I have allergies. It’s sneeze time for us in the Spring. Love the most recent issues for the beautiful French gardens!!!

Sandra Hicke July 28, 2022 - 3:07 am

I love doing containers of flowers each Spring for my deck. Each year I try something new. I also find creativity in cooking colourful meals

Deborah Kehoe July 28, 2022 - 4:21 am

I love gardening and painting from fresh cut flowers in my vintage vases. I especially love hydrangeas and have so many kinds. Love your photos and website!

Judy Lambert August 3, 2022 - 1:07 am

I love creating lavender products. We have planted well over 150 plants which I am harvesting from to create spa type items which combine with my sewing abilities. Each set that I make is unique. No 2 alike. I love the healing properties that can happen when combining with other healing florals and essential oils.

david terry July 28, 2022 - 6:50 am

Insofar as I’ve gathered, tons (literally) of folks, here in the USA, have learned to bake. They’re all folks who would otherwise describe themselves as not being “creative”, but all of them seem to be turning out impressive and, indeed, creative breads these days….. and the trend seems to be outlasting the lockdown.

As for me? I just keep on painting, but I haven’t much choice in the matter, since it’s my job. I never know what to tell strangers who ask me what my “hobbies” are. I don’t, actually, have any, since I started getting paid to do them by the time I was forty-five.

Oh well, there are worse fates in life, I also gather……

sincerely, david terry

Mary Bardell September 1, 2022 - 12:53 am

SHARON, I THINK you are a great photographer.

Candace Ford September 2, 2022 - 9:30 pm

My garden areas “got away” from me a couple of years ago when I went to Europe to visit a friend in Germany and were de-railed again when my cousin and I were in Europe, decided we were having too much fun to leave and extended our trip for a couple more weeks. So now I’m trying to buckle down, get the flower beds weeded, laying down layers of cardboard, newsprint and whatever I lay hands on – then a thick layer of bark nuggets around all the perennials. We have blueberry bushes – 4 plants that were near our home when my father was a child. I picked berries there as a child and my father picked there when he was young. They were all being bulldozed by the city and my father and brother dug 4 of the bushes and moved them out here where I live now. Friends and neighbors come here and get berries. It’s wonderful to be able to share these berries w/ them. We also have huge thornless blackberries that these folks enjoy as well.

five nights at freddy's September 7, 2022 - 3:12 am

The flowers’ colors look harmonious and elegant when combined.

happy wheels September 28, 2022 - 5:13 am

I adore putting pots of flowers each Spring for my deck. I want to shake things up every year. I also find inspiration in making vibrant dishes

mario games October 17, 2022 - 4:28 am

I’m working hard to get the flower beds weeded, laying down layers of cardboard, newsprint, and whatever else I can get my hands on before covering all the perennials with a thick coating of bark nuggets. We have four blueberry bushes, which were present when my father was a child and were close to our house.

wordle unlimited November 10, 2022 - 10:42 am

So beautiful. I love the flower you made. Can you share the tutorial to make it.

Elsa November 18, 2022 - 5:47 pm

I love these pink flowers that you have in the photo, I gave the same to my mother for her birthday – a huge beautiful bouquet. Unfortunately, I don’t earn that much, so I turned to for help. I made a few trial bets there, and surprisingly, they all turned out to be winning! And I was able to congratulate my mother. So don’t be afraid to try something new!

geometry dash December 22, 2022 - 10:44 am

Great information, thanks for sharing!

Gaëlle March 10, 2023 - 9:41 am

Vraiment magnifique ! J’installe des dahlias de plus en plus nombreux pour me faire de jolis bouquets comme ça. Vivement les beaux jours !

Fireboy and Watergirl March 5, 2024 - 3:39 am

What a wonderful story of talent and creativity and timing. I’ve worked on things like that, and having a great photographer is a joy beyond measure. Well done, both of you.

Crossy Road June 25, 2024 - 9:38 am

Awesome, this article deserves the attention and sharing of many people!


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