Along with a doughnut and the Sunday paper in bed, my family presented me with a colorful chrysanthemum bouquet. I'm sure the Texaco florist didn't realize that 3 stalks of magenta, yellow, and white blooms will never blend into one harmonious arrangement. I took a few moments after church to separate and rearrange the stems. Here's how:
I put the one white flowered stalk into a cobalt blue bud vase, along with three tall fern fronds. The foliage is one reason I buy a potted fern each summer.
Next, the yellow flowers. I trimmed the short flower stems from the lower stalk, leaving the top cluster intact. Then I filled this blue-and-white sugar bowl with delicate stems from the mystery shrub in my back yard. The bouquet came with one feathery golden clump, so I added it to one side. Keep like colors together.
The last one is my favorite. I had one stalk of magenta mums left. I thought their jewel tone would contrast well against this teal pottery vase. But what filler could balance the lone stalk against such a heavy container? Andrew's salad garden is growing more than we can eat, so I picked a few ruffled lettuce leaves to round out the base.