Here I have for you another wonderful book of floral inspiration: Slow Flowers. This book was paired with The 50 Mile Bouquet book, which were both gifted to me by my friend, Nellie Ashmore. As you are aware, The 50 Mile Bouquet is a book which takes you on a journey of explaining the new thoughts and ideas of how sustainable flowers are becoming the new trendy, and very organic way to grow, sell, and buy lovely bunches of blossoms. Slow Flowers on the other hand, is solely a book of bouquet inspiration. Take a peak!
Within its delightful pages, Debra Prinzing takes you through a year long progression of how she was able to make and think up a whole new bouquet for each week of the year! Can you imagine? Well, I guess I can, since I spent all Summer crafting bouquets with Nellie. But when I think of pulling it off in the Autumn and Winter, I see myself getting a little stuck. But despite all else, Mrs. Prinzing did accomplish the challenge, and she composed some of the most incredible Winter bouquets that my eyes have ever seen! (She did have a little help from a few of her flower farmer friends along the way though.)
How did she manage to obtain sustainable (organic) flowers during the chilly months? Well, living in a particular zone might have something to do with it, but as I said, she could easily purchase a few bunches of Valentines Day roses from flower farmers along the West Coast in Oregon and California. A few bunches of lillie varieties also were procured for a few of the weeks. And two compositions were even created by cleverly potting Narcissus, and Amaryllis bulbs and setting them by one of the sunniest windows in her house! That’s the way to go (if you have a little spending money on hand)! 😉
There were at times fruits and veggies that helped perk up a bouquet or two, and in many compositions Mrs. Prinzing had the pleasure of choosing branches of juicy berries, rose hips, pussy willows, or even rugged foliage harvested from her woods. She was far from being limited! I only hope that I will have the same creative ingenuity to come up with an Autumn or Winter arrangement!
May our thoughts be strung out as flowers on twine, and may every creation we make bring our Lord glory and Honor due to His Name!