My inspiration for this design was my collection of turquoise art glass, the color of which just says summertime! Vibrant color is such a strong summer statement, and orange is probably my favorite expression of the season. Varying shades of orange blooms with pops of yellow mimosa are the perfect contrast to the bright blues and greens of the art glass. Because I am also a gardener, I like to incorporate something grown in the vegetable garden. Here I have chosen heirloom tomatoes, whose colors and whimsical shapes lend themselves well to the overall effect.
- bicolored ranunculus
- caramel antique garden roses
- David Austin ‘Juliet’ roses
- orange gerber daisies
- orange chrysanthemums
- blood oranges
- striped German heirloom tomatoes
- yellow heirloom tomatoes
- yellow pear tomatoes
- a collection of turquoise and green art glass
- a florist knife
Summer Flower Arrangement, Step-by-Step
6| When adding flowers, include some small buds of the ranunculus last so that they won’t get lost in the mass of the bouquet. Insert them directly into the “crown” of your bouquet, and then pull the stems down gently until the ranunculus buds are right where you want them.
8| Next, cut the stems of your bouquet to a uniform length, keeping in mind the height of the vase. A well- constructed bouquet will stand on its own, so give it a try on your work surface. (Repeat steps 1-8 for your two remaining hand-tied bouquets.)
9| Once your three finished bouquets are placed in vases, it’s time to add the mimosa. Process the mimosa by separating and snipping small pieces before adding each piece directly into the vase around the “crown” of your bouquet.
“We all collect something! . . . dishes, teapots, pewter, cloches—just to name a few. Any can be the inspiration for a design like this, which shows the collection in a new way.” –Keith Robinson
By Keith Robinson
Photography by Erica George Dines