Hi there, first I want to announce the winner of the wicker hurricane contest. Congratulations goes to- #67 Wendy who left this comment Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your shipping address so your hurricanes can be on their way! ______________________________________________ Well if you saw my post about a week or so ago on my trip to the NY flower market and my “loot” this is part 2. Click here if you missed that post. Love flowers? Then this post is for you and you might just want to sit down, there is a lot to take in. So after I had fun with a flower arranging session, I then had all my arrangements done. I just wish I was having a party! I was, as it turns out, having guests twice that week so it worked out in that respect. It was so nice having beautiful fresh flowers to add ambiance to a small lunch I hosted and a dinner later that week. I love to experiment both with various varieties of flowers together and in the containers I use. One of my all time favorite arrangements was a surprise in a way. I decided to play with my new wicker hurricanes which also make great flower vessels. I was not prepared for just how much I was going to be in love with these I LOVE the way they turned out and wish I could have frozen them in time. I mean feast your eyes on these- _____________________________________________ Just LOVE these flowers in my new wicker hurricanes (click here to see the wicker hurricanes) What’s better than one? Three of them! The mini is a new size and will be here in about 2-3 weeks. A TIP TO MAXIMIZE LIFE OF THE FLOWERS I am sure many of you know this but if the temperatures overnight are say 45-65 (in other words cooler than inside of your home) I put these arrangments outside over night and bring them back in to maximize their life. After about 3-4 days they were starting to show a little age so one cool night I put them outside and the next moring, I swear they looked as good as new, like they had a facelift over night! Even if you don’t bring them outdoors, be sure after 2-3 days to trim the stems and add fresh cool water. Here is what I did with those gorgeous hydrangeas, made a pretty spring/Easter vignette on foyer chest- And the magnificent cherry blossoms? First let me tel you, you have to really love cherry blossoms to lug them home and work with them. They are huge, messy and heavy but when I get determined there is no stopping me. Suddenly I have herculean strength I didn’t know I had:) Though my son was the one who carried them inside, here is how that played out- Got my biggest ginger jar that I could lift! I arranged them outside because of how messy they are, albeit a beautiful mess So worth the mess! And inside they are just spectacular- And finally my white flowers were re purposed for a small lunch and a dinner I hosted that week so they got maximum use! I must say I have had many flowers on this dining table but those white flowers rank as my all time favorite. Especially on my beautiful pale blue tablecloth, if I could freeze frame that setting I would do it in a heartbeat! I have never seen my dining room table look more beautiful, these white flowers just “make” it Wish I could keep it looking this way forever! _________________________________________________ Hope this gave you your flower fix for the day! I will duplicate these flowers again, these were among my most favorites. Next up is peony season and I cannot wait to visit a peony farm in the coming weeks…..I will have to host something to celebrate peony season:) Thanks for stopping in, hope you enjoyed and wishing everyone. a fantastic day. Until next time……….