Garden Herb Flower Bouquets for you all

by on August 12, 2010

I had many career changes in my life, all starting when I was in the second grade. Teacher asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up and at that point in my life, I loved puppies. So naturally, I said I wanted to be a Veterinarian not because I knew what it was, but because Teacher told me it was a career associated with puppies. I always called her ” Teacher” and what Teacher said was good, I followed suit.

When I reached 4th grade, I wanted to be a professional athlete because I was pretty good at hand-ball. I held my own and conquered every single recess game. Even the boys had to take notes on my low-slicer hits. Those slicers I threw down were low, tight to the concrete and there were very few kids on the playground that could recover from those hits.

leek and fennel flowers bouquet wrapped in kale leaves

Then I got bored being a tomboy when I reached my Junior High years and I started to be more of a girly girl. I snuck lip-stick in the secret compartment of my backpack and started to wear skirts. Home Economics class was a pre-requesite and along with that came a slew of domestic studies like cooking and flower arranging, which were life changing.

After that short flower arranging class, I wanted to be a florist. That still remains a secret dream-career of mine because I love the thought of playing with flowers, leaves and delicate petals all day.

Now that our garden has matured so much over the last few years, flowers are plentiful year round and I play Florist all the time for dinner parties and for friends. I can’t remember the last time I had to actually buy flowers and feel so lucky to not only save money on such purchases, but I love the fact that I can create something original, fresh and fun from what I find in my garden.

When I need an arrangemet for a table or a last minute gift to a friend, I create a bouquet. I recycle all my vegetable and herb flowers into fun floral table decorations and surprise presents for special friends.  Sometimes I go flower power crazy and clip too much of an herb till theres nothing left. Yes, give me a set of clippers, an occasion to decorate and I become clipper happy.

arranging my fennel and leek flowers

I walked the garden and had another one of those clipping urges. There’s was no occasion, nor special dinner to decorate for.

I just wanted to play Florist today.

But I do dedicate all my pretty little garden bouquets to all of you, especially to my  friend Leah. Sweet Leah got married last Spring and she requested that I made her wedding bouquet out of my garden glories. But unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend her wedding and make her bouquet in time.

So Leah, I finally was able to create couple different mini post-wedding bouquet for you. I hope you like them!. xoxo

What’s your secret dream career? These pictures illustrate my little secret.

may you all be touched by flowers today,

diane

left: violets and kale leaves . right: oregano and weeping rosemary flowers

Anise Basil flowers with carrot leaves

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cheryl Hargraves August 12, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Very magical. You are truly a gifted florist.

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2 Amy August 12, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Wow, they are so beautiful! You inspired me to plan some herds, for cooking and some extras for arrangement. Didn’t now they can be so lovely. Too bad I don’t have a back yard or garden at my place. They would have to stay at my kitchen window area until I move. :)

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet August 13, 2010 at 3:47 am

Absolutely stunning! I can’t imagine throwing things together like that.

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4 White on Rice Couple August 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

jessica- it’s really simple and pretty much anything that gets thrown in the vase comes out gorgeous.

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5 fragolina August 13, 2010 at 4:31 am

Amazing bouquets. And you used the flowers and leaves of edible vegetables. How beautiful. I love flowers, I love the infinite beauty of nature.

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6 White on Rice Couple August 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

fragolina- yes and I have plenty more of the edible stuff in the garden! It’s like a year round florist playland.

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7 Winnie August 13, 2010 at 4:44 am

Really beautiful!

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8 TheKitchenWitch August 13, 2010 at 5:15 am

The best part about these bouquets, I think, are the way they must smell. Floral from the blooms, pungent from the herbs–I can almost smell them from here.

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9 White on Rice Couple August 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Kitchnwitch- they did smell wonderful, especially the rosemary, which is always a favorite.

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10 Leah Greenstein August 13, 2010 at 7:47 am

Love you. Thank you. (I’m crying now.)

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11 White on Rice Couple August 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Leah- oh I didn’t mean to make you cry Leah. I just wanted to say hello and that I miss you. xo

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12 Brooke@foodwoolf August 13, 2010 at 10:21 am

Sigh……It’s good to celebrate all the things you love. Puppies. Hand ball. Flowers. And beautiful, celebratory weddings that continue on in our hearts and minds for months and months and maybe even years. What a beautiful post and lovely gift to give such a beautiful bride.

xoxox
Brooke

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13 White on Rice Couple August 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

brooke- xoxo

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14 Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle August 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I am blessed like you with a wonderful garden. But I have such a difficult time cutting blooms. I planted half a dozen new lavender plants two years ago so I could actually take some trimmings one day and not miss them outside. Now my one lavender plant is so huge that multiple cuttings this summer weren’t even noticeable. I love lavender scent but had the most fun using it with lemon for both a martini and some shortbread.

Now I’m looking outside with a new eye; because I can see your basil is going to seed and I’ve got some too; what a unique way to enjoy it instead of pinching off those flowers and pitching them!

I love what I do professionally; do love to cook too but I have to say, if given the opportunity today; I think being a landscape architect would have been my calling. I’ve built a garden with trial and error, not everyone is willing to ‘re-arrange’ their yard every year like I was til they get it right!

And I am loving the view right now as I work from my kitchen. The monarchs are going crazy over the butterfly bush…want to see: http://yfrog.com/0kvbtlj

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15 White on Rice Couple August 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm

barbara- I’m going to make basil oil with all my basil flowers. I think that’s a great possibility with herbs that go to flower, especially after we’ve already enjoyed them as arrangements.

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16 sarakata August 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Beautiful! Such a creative way to use herbs/leaves :)

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17 Helene August 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

You are so talented. Your bouquets are so cute. Hope you enjoy your week-end.

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18 marla {family fresh cooking} August 14, 2010 at 6:27 am

Diane, I love how you mix the flowers with herbs and kale leaves. Leah is lucky to have such beauty dedicated to her. You are an excellent Teacher as well as life enthusiast! I learn from you all the time, whether it be technical stuff or just how to kick back & enjoy life. Beautiful photos! :) xo

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19 White on Rice Couple August 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Marla- thank you so much marla, I’m happy to know you Marla. xo

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20 Fiona August 14, 2010 at 8:22 am

Those are lovely! I am heading to my backyard now :)

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21 White on Rice Couple August 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Fiona- hope you have an awesome clipping session in your backyard. Fun.

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22 G. August 17, 2010 at 3:19 pm

love this post so much, diane! i, like you, have had many career changes through the years and yes, wanting to be a florist was one of mine too! albeit, my arrangements couldn’t hold a candle to yours. so beautiful! xo.

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