Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Summer Gatherings

Everyone loves the lazy days of summer… especially when they’re on holiday. Fireworks! Picnics and Bike rides! The sounds, smells, textures and sights of summer fill the days and nights with feelings of exhilaration and delight.

If you are lucky enough to have a garden, potential flower arrangements bloom mere footsteps from your own back door. Otherwise, shops, roadside stands and farmers markets are brimming with flowers, often making it difficult to decide what to take home.

During warm summer days, spending hours arranging flowers can be brutal. What looks best are casual, fresh flowers thrust into a galvanized tin or bucket or even a wicker basket. Our projects for the season are inevitably the easiest of the year: mixing Grevillea flowers, hydrangea, fox glove and a lily in a metal container to adorn a small table, filling a bicycle basket with banksia, grevillea, alstroemeria and lilies to make a welcoming display, and placing a whimsical bouquet in a galvanized basket to decorate the picnic table or wine barrel.

"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." - Henry James

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