Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Simple Flowers" by Constance Spry


While cleaning the hallway I found the umbrella stand. I bought some lilac stems this morning and snipped some things from the yard and now I have my very own arrangement a la "Simple Flowers". I love the photos in this book and the simple advice. The chapter on containers is good too.

5 comments:

Rose said...

Very pretty; I love flowers, etc. from the yard and finding unusual things to put them in! I brought in some forsythia I had to cut back. Love it!

Max said...

Umbrella stand! I love that, and the flowers too - and the (are they?) geranium leaves. Or nasturtium? Anyway, I love its expansive airiness!

Some years ago I took an ikebana class from Marcia Shibata, a teacher in the Sogetsu style. (Her work is amazing, btw - I once saw something she did with only dandelions - extravagant and utterly ravishing.) There is so much to love and appreciate about all the ikebana schools, but Sogetsu forms in particular, I think, always have this immediacy and sparkle, to me, somehow...

But curiously, ikebana is what gave me an appreciation for Western flower arranging. I had once dismissed it as either artless or deadly formal. Now I will have to seek out Spry.

You are forever putting items on my to-look-for-and-do list, Mrs Lear!

grammynan said...

Wish I was there. Northern Ohio has 3 inches of snow on the ground on March 26th!!

Virginia said...

No flowers yet. Not really.

Crocuses and snowdrops are all that's out right now. Can't wait for more.

Cristina said...

That's gorgeous. I put together an arrangement of hypericum berries and ranunculus (from WFM) in three empty liquor bottles for the table today. Simple and inexpensive and festive. Happy Easter, Mrs. Lear!