Debra Prinzing

SLOW FLOWERS: Week 52

December 29th, 2013

 FRESH PICKED AND EVERGREEN

Local Washington tulips fill one of my favorite pedestal vases. The greenery and branches are all from my garden.

Local Washington tulips fill one of my favorite pedestal vases. The greenery and branches are all from my garden.

Here we are at the final week of the year. And I want to share with you a final look at my year-long project to create, photograph and write about 52 consecutive weeks of local and seasonal floral arrangements.

It was a fabulous ride – and one that rewarded me with so many gifts, friendships and experiences.

Today, I’m sharing a bonus bouquet – created during my one-year odyssey. It didn’t make it into Slow Flowers, but I’m not sure why. I truly love this arrangement, which was created with downed confier branches and bare twigs from my vine maple tree — all free for the taking! They’re paired with two small bunches of white and creamy-yellow tulips grown by Alm Hill Gardens and purchased at Seattle’s Pike Place Market just after Christmas.

The chicken wire is somewhat inelegant, but you'd never know it by looking at the finished bouquet above.

The chicken wire is somewhat inelegant, but you’d never know it by looking at the finished bouquet above.

This is just the sort of shallow vase into which a conventional florist would stick a chunk of foam before arranging the branches and stems. But if you’ve been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you know I am a big hater of foam.

A simple square of chicken wire, formed into a mushroom-cap shape and inserted into the opening of the vase, is the perfect alternative. I use this wire over and over again, rarely throwing it into the recycling bin until I’ve gone through multiple arrangements.

Enjoy! Not sure when I’ll resume this bouquet-a-week project, but I promise to share more of my local, seasonal and sustainable floral projects in 2014.

One Response to “SLOW FLOWERS: Week 52”

  1. Nicola Says:

    I’ve enjoyed this whole year of fabulous foliage and flowers, thank you so much Debra.
    Happy New Year!
    Nicola

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