Thank so much for the nice comments yesterday! I agree with each of you - Mom needs to share her secret to aging so beautifully! As promised, here is a little tutorial for the foraged arrangement I made for the dinner table.
As much as I love having flowers on the table, it is important that they don't block the view of my dinner companions. With that in mind, I chose an oblong bowl for the arrangement to keep it low. More on that in a second.
These are the cuttings I used. Before I started I wasn't sure what I would find in the garden, but I knew that the main attraction would be the chantilly lace hydrangeas. I basically gathered all sorts of textures with different shades of green.
Here is the bowl I used. I started by filling my bowl with water and taping a grid with florist tape. This is such a fool proof way of spreading flowers evenly in an arrangement. A hunk of oasis in the bottom would also help to hold everything in place, but I skipped that this time. Because hydrangeas were my main focus, I started placing them around the bowl.
I gradually layered in the greenery.
There's really no right or wrong way to do this and I'm certain that if I made this arrangement today using all the same cuttings, it would look completely different.
That's really the beauty of it.
Once finished, I decided the top needed two more flowers. So I gently tucked them in last. I hope you find this tutorial helpful.