A Year In Flowers

Happy New Year Dear Readers!

I hope that you all had a most wonderful Christmas and celebration welcoming in the New Year.

To start off the New Year, I thought I would go back and present the many floral arrangements

that I had the pleasure of creating.

I love creating pretty floral arrangements which led me to create Floral Fridays

and then I thought, what better than to add more friends to offer their beautiful

talents of floral arranging … and now it has become Monday Morning Blooms.

It just keeps getting better! …. So for now, I would love to show you my many

floral arrangements that I have created in 2018. From the casual to the more elegant.

This arrangement was a “Kopy Kat” from the cover of a Southern Lady Magazine.

SOUTHERN LADY MAGAZINE BLUE AND WHITE KOPY KAT ARRANGEMENT

 

I love using pretty containers for my floral arrangements and this one

was a little “out of the box” . . . a pretty glass and mirror lidded box that is!

Just the right amount of glitz and glam!

THE JEWEL BOX ARRANGEMENT

 

I love to add a bit of the unexpected into a floral arrangement.

For this one below,  the base was a boxwood wreath

and I weaved some ribbon into the flowers for a bit of whimsy.

FLOWERS AND BOXWOOD

 

Many of my floral arrangements are created from something or someone who inspired me.

This arrangement was inspired by my Sweetie….from a Birthday card she made for me.

Roses and green statice arranged in a silver coffee pot and tea pot

set on a silver trophy tray with my Birthday card proudly displayed next to it.

My Sweetie no longer picks out a special card at the card shop ….

she draws special pictures that truly comes from the heart.

FLORAL INSPIRATION FROM A SPECIAL CARD

 

One day, while at Pottery Barn, I saw this pretty Tian style bowl

and thought how great would it be to create a dish garden in it!

And I did!

This is how it looked a couple weeks later after the flowers had grown:

A SPRING DISH GARDEN

 

Whenever I refresh a room with seasonal decor or just a simple refresh,

I always add flowers, such as this blue and white ginger jar of roses.

A SUNROOM REFRESH WITH BLUE AND WHITE

 

One of my favorites is this arrangement in a Carolina Delft Blue jar

that I found in my favorite consignment shop, Always Home in Durham, NC.

This photo on my Instagram was number 7 of the Top Nine posts in 2018 you can see here: INSTAGRAM

CAROLINA DELFT TOBACCO JAR ARRANGEMENT

 

This arrangement was the Floral Friday Easter Centerpiece.

Spring flowers in a large Longaberger basket accompanied by cute bunnies bearing golden eggs.

EASTER BASKET CENTERPIECE

 

Last year, I traveled to Napa Valley, California with my hubby and found some fabulous

vintage French canning jars….so guess what I had to do with them? …. Fill them with flowers!

VINTAGE FRENCH CANNING JARS ARRANGEMENTS

 

As you may know….I love blue and white.

I created a centerpiece with a vintage blue and white tureen

that immediately sparked memories of long ago.

A BLUE, WHITE AND YELLOW CENTERPIECE WITH MEMORIES

 

We all love teapots and what better to do a floral arrangement is in a beautiful teapot.

PEONIES IN A TEAPOT

 

Our Floral Friday theme one week was Red, White and Blue.

I chose a Ralph Lauren ginger jar in the Mandarin pattern and filled it with

red, white and blue flowers.

A RED WHITE AND BLUE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

 

This Floral Friday theme was Flowers in a box.

I searched the house for boxes worthy enough for an arrangement.

I then came across a music box that belonged to my late mother-in-law.

A music box that was made in Italy (and so was she!).

A MUSIC BOX FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

 

It’s fun to mix other items within your floral arrangements…

This particular Floral Friday group’s theme was to use flowers with fruit or veggies of our choice.

I chose to use both….strawberries and radishes for their color.

Also, the radishes had a great cascading effect

and the strawberries are so easy to place on a skewer.

PEONIES, FRUIT AND VEGGIES FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

 

Here comes another “Kopy Kat” of a magazine cover:

FLOWERS AND IRONSTONE PITCHERS

 

Perfect for Summer was a Sunflower theme.

I placed Sunflowers in a MacKenzie Childs teapot along with peach colored roses and stock.

This arrangement was done soon after we had moved into the Berry Patch House.

HAPPY SUNFLOWER ARRANGEMENT

 

Another great summer theme was picnics and jars.

So we all gathered our jars filled with flowers and in a picnic setting.

PICNICS AND MASON JARS OF FLOWERS

 

As Summer transitions to Fall we Floral Friday ladies created our versions

of a floral arrangement transitioning from Summer to Fall.

For some reason, I seem to gravitate to the colors of lavender and plums for Fall.

TRANSITIONING TO FALL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

 

I so remember creating this arrangement….it was a very dreary, rainy day as a result of

Hurricane Florence. We were lucky as Florence did not affect us much,

however, have lots of friends that were extremely affected by its wrath.

I grabbed my French apple basket and spent the dreary afternoon with hopes that

flowers would bring a sense of happy into a dreary day….and it did!

FALLING FOR APPLES FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

 

In October, of course you need a floral arrangement in a pumpkin!

CINDERELLA PUMPKIN CENTERPIECE

 

So many of us are crazy for copper …. and what better than to have a pretty centerpiece

in a copper container. I chose this sweet copper berry basket that I have had for years.

Since the kitchen has many copper pieces displayed, I chose to feature the arrangement

in the kitchen …. actually on the stove!

CRAZY FOR COPPER FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

 

In this arrangement we are celebrating the season of Harvest.

HARVEST CELEBRATION FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

 

I so enjoy making individual/mini floral arrangements to place at each setting

for guests . . . I try to create the arrangement for the purpose of their enjoyment

and also for a “parting gift”. This table is set as a Fall lunch with a friend.

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

 

Floral Friday moved to Monday Morning Blooms.

Our Inaugural Monday Morning Blooms was a special one featuring a fresh evergreen arrangement.

I set this evergreen arrangement into a vintage blue and white transferware container.

FRESH EVERGREEN ARRANGEMENT

 

Last for 2018 and certainly not least is our rendition of a White Christmas.

WHITE CHRISTMAS CENTERPIECE

 

I hope you have enjoyed my “Year in Flowers”

Stay tuned for the first Monday Morning Blooms of 2019 on January 7th!

Thank you for your visits and your kind and sweet comments.

2019 should be a very eventful year for us with the building of our new home.

We have just finalized our plans…..yes, FINALLY FOR SURE!

We have changed our minds so many times on this particular house

being careful of our selections of style and materials.

 Ground breaking should be in February after the ARB has approved the plans.

I wish you  a most beautiful day and again HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Comments

  1. Beautiful arrangements!

  2. Fabulous array of arrangements! They’re all quite beautiful. Lots of inspiration!!

  3. Alice Genzlinger says:

    All are beautiful. The best of best post was great to see.

  4. Shirley, what a breathtaking year of floral arrangements! I enjoyed looking back at each one of them, and there is no way I could pick a favorite. Each one is exquisite, you have a true gift in floral arranging! I can’t wait to follow the journey of the building of the new home! I look forward to a new year sharing Monday Morning Blooms with you!

  5. Each arrangement is so lovely. I can’t even begin to pick a favorite.

  6. Barbara C. says:

    Lovely to see your arrangements each week, but spectacular to see them all presented together!

  7. Oh Shirley, they are all just gorgeous! I loved looking back to see each one and am pinning away to review each post. I hope you had the best Christmas and I wish you good health, happiness and love in 2019!
    Have you started taking Christmas down yet? I will stat on Fri. as a friend wants to come over to take pictures;)

  8. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    They are all so beautiful, I couldn’t choose a favorite. Congrats on getting the ball rolling on your new house. It will be fun to follow along! Happy New Year!

  9. So pretty! I love how you take a theme and make it very personal by choosing your favourite colors or including a special memory or item to honor. Just lovey! I get so much pleasure reading your posts, your charming personality and style really shines though. Happy New Year to you!

  10. Thank you for such a lovely post to start 2019. Do you mind sharing your source for the blue bird on strip pillow in the one photo? Thank you!

  11. Jacquie Ellsmere says:

    this morning I spent a very enjoyable time browsing through your year in flower arranging…Love the use of complimentary colors and fruits! I am looking forward to Jan 7 as another year begins of you and your fellow bloggers in playing with flowers! congrats….I too love arranging flowers but lately have lapsed into very simple styles……so now looking forward once again to a more thoughtful approach! Keep on keeping on!

  12. You are a master at creating such beautiful arrangements. It’s a creative gift indeed. Looking forward to many more beautiful creations this year.

  13. Shirley, your arrangements are all gorgeous. You could do a beautiful book with these lovely photos.
    Happy New Year.

  14. I love looking back at your year in flowers Shirley! So many beautiful blooms and creations and I’m happy to be among your floral friends. Looking forward to following your journey how as your break ground on your new home. ♥

  15. Love seeing all your beautiful arrangements. Shirley you have a gift with flower arrangements. You need to make some of these into pretty cards. Happy New Year. How exciting you will be breaking ground on the new house soon.
    Hugs,
    Kris

  16. Shirley, what a gorgeous collection of floral arrangements. These belong in a book! They are all pretty, and I don’t think I could choose a favorite. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings for Monday blooms!

  17. You hit a homerun with your Floral Fridays which are so full of inspiration. As with all things having to do with presentation, you have a real gift.

  18. Beautiful, beautiful flowers for all seasons! I love your themed blogging event, and hope to see many more beauties this year. Congratulations on the final plans being signed off on! I’m also looking forward to your new house progress through the year.

  19. So many gorgeous arrangements. Love seeing the inspiration photos and your interpretation! Wishing you and your family and happy and healthy new year!!

  20. Martha Wilton says:

    Dear Shirley, Wishing the happiest of birthdays to you, from your birthday twin in Michigan! Can’t wait to see what you have planned for your new house! Have a wonderful 2019. Martha

  21. Bobbi duncan says:

    I’ve gone through the roll of pictures three times and can’t pick a favorite–they are all so beautifully arranged in lovely containers. You really have the touch!

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