Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cheap and cheerful fun with flowers.






Today, it's MJ here.  And first of all hats off to fellow chicks Lorraine and Maggie who have new books out this week!  Knock 'em dead, ladies. 



I love flowers and cutting them from the garden (such as it is, a work in progress) is a joy.  But sometimes there’s nothing to cut and if you’re, say for instance, hosting your BOOK CLUB, you would really need to get creative.  Eeep.  The lilacs were done. I couldn’t bear to cut the iris and no way would I plunder the planters.  There were still a few of those stubborn dandelions, but you’ve got to draw the line somewhere.



Then I remembered  that with one fairly ordinary bouquet from the grocery store and a few vases I could solve my problem.  

  
By the way, one of my friends used to say if a container for flowers cost more than two dollars, it’s a vawse not a vayse.. Not all of mine are vawses!  


So my problem was about to be solved. And yes, in case you're wondering, I am aware that a house without flowers is not the biggest problem a person could have.  Never mind.



A quick trip to the store yielded a bourquet of flowers ON SALE and in decent shape, with six different types of blooms. 

 My husband decided that he would buy them for me  Kinda sweet. 

 

By deconstructing the bouquet, I was able to get six different small and very simple arrangements for practically every room in the house, including these vivid carnations in the powder room.

 

Because they’re cheap and cheerful, these flowers will last for ages. 





Anyway, I thought I’d share this little tip with you, because I know many of you share my love of flowers and of bargains!




 Now all you have to do, is share your flower tips with me.  I’m listening!










17 comments:

Malka E said...

love the vase with the carnations, in the powder room! (miss scarlett!)

B J English said...

I do not have a green thumb at all so I don't any tips to share. I have already ruined an orchid plant my daughter gave me for Mother's Day. All the blooms have dropped. Anyone have a tip for me?

B J English said...

I do not have a green thumb at all so I don't any tips to share. I have already ruined an orchid plant my daughter gave me for Mother's Day. All the blooms have dropped. Anyone have a tip for me?

Anonymous said...

What a fast and resourceful idea to break up that bouquet. My favorites, both vases and flowers, were the green anemones(?) and the carnations. I have a huge lavender bush so will pick some and put them in a 2 inch lead glass vase. I also float my ground cover roses in either my brushed silver bowl or an old porcelain celery dish which is very pale green. Cordella

mary kennedy said...

This is such a clever idea!! You are brilliant, love it!!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

LOL Malka! You just gave me an idea for a fun game. Hugs. MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

B J. Orchids need indirect light and only 3 tablespoons of water a week. You can just let it rest somewhere out of the way and water it (very small amount: 3 tablespoons) weekly. Some people cut the stems back a bit. It will take MONTHS but eventually buds will form and you'll have a beautiful orchid again. We have a shelf in the window in the spare bedroom. We call it the plant hospital. They all come back. Hugs. MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

See above BJ! I just wanted to add that I have killed orchids but now know what to do. MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love these ideas, Cordella! I hadn't though of cutting my lavender (It's not ready yet) and the love the ground cover rose idea too.

Hugs.

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Mary. I enjoy borrowing ideas from all the chicks! I appreciate your FB post on this.

XO

MJ

emilia.m said...

if those were full blooms that dropped I`d not be alarmed :) Possibly they were done :) I just want to add - to what MJ already wrote - do not cut the air roots, I actually have a rule with my orchids - I do not cut off anything that is not dry :)
Avoid the drafts. Summertime is fine, if the draft is in the above 20C temperature it should be ok. And do not move them from spot to spot :)
Do not worry. If leaves are looking good, there is a good chance it will bloom again :)

emilia.m said...

carnations for me have bad stigma to them, so I avoid them if possible :)
overall I usually do not have blooms in the house unless one of my potted plants are blooming :)
But I tend to save some broken branches/stems with blooms if I see some outside and bring them home so they can finish their blooming :D I very rarely use an actual vase, I have a collection of fun/cute looking bottles and jars :D

Laurie Fancy said...

Love, love, LOVE flowers!!! Not much of a gardener, but I can appreciate the exquisite beauty of God's handiwork. Even HIs weeds and skunk cabbage 'look' nice. (Smell is another thing altogether!!) Love carnations... especially those coral ones you showed. Wow! Coral seems to be my NEW pink this year!! I have tons of silk flowers around the house since I am a little forgetful when it comes to keeping the poor vegetation alive... But I do try. :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

These are terrific ideas - I love the casual and natural branches and fun jars.

Carnations remind me of 'prom' many years ago. My hubby says the have different associations for him. Hugs.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Those silk flowers never let us down, Laurie! I too try to find beauty in all plants, even trying with dandelions.

Hugs.

MJ

Robert Giddings said...

Fortunately I figured out pretty young the magic of flowers. Showing up for a date with a single rose, or droppiing off a bouquet of daisys for office staff never did any harm.

I worked construction most of my life. Fridays I would watch my co-workers cash their payroll checks and head to the nearest topless bar. Monday they would complain about how broke they were and how mad their signifcant others were all weekend.

I'd constantly tell them for less than half of what they spent at the bar they could take a dozen carnations, and maybe a bottle of wine home. I'd guarantee a much better return on investment. They'd have a much happier weekend and cash in the pocket come Monday.

Hard to believe I didn't get many takers.

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