Flower Arranging 101


“A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.”  ~ Chinese Proverb

Today dawned clear and sunny, a beautiful day to share with good friends.

Two of my neighbors came over this morning to pick flowers to make arrangements. The youngest you may recognize as my Violet Tea friend. We all share a love of flowers (and board games, craft art and UNO).

IMG_4158I gave them each a bucket of water in which to place their cut flowers and set them loose in my garden. I taught them where to cut in order to leave buds for future blooming and how to clean stems of leaves that would rot under the water line.



There were very few flower casualties and no snipped fingers!

One must have at least one flower to tuck behind an ear!

IMG_4163Up on the deck, they set to work with their vases, arranging the flowers they had picked.

The glorious finished pieces:

These two are natural pros, another generation of up-and-coming flower lovers.

Now, with that done, it’s on to the board game!

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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81 Responses to Flower Arranging 101

  1. arlingwoman says:

    Looks like a perfect day. I remember the person who taught me where to cut flowers and how to clean the stems! It’s good knowledge to pass on.

  2. Looks lovely. (Suzanne)

  3. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    How wonderful to be passing on your flower arranging gift to the next generation:)

  4. I bet they love it as much as you! What a fun day for everyone:^)

  5. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, delightful!!!!

  6. That’s wonderful! What fun to be let loose in a garden full of flowers like that. Their vases are gorgeous.

  7. It is fabulous to see children enjoying arranging flowers. Our daughters always love to pick them and put them in vases, when we have friends to dinner, at this time of year, always outside on the terrace, they will arrange little vases with cut hibiscus along the table. They are a pleasure to watch at work and it’s so lovely to see them enjoying the simple things in life.

  8. A beautiful gift to pass on Eliza. They will never forget. 🌺🌸🌺🌸

  9. treah says:

    What a great “auntie” you are! They will remember these lessons with you for the rest of their lives. What a wonderful legacy!

  10. What great fun! Just wonderful.

  11. Alice Pratt says:

    It’s such an enjoyable time, to share with your young neighbors. I know 😄

  12. MK says:

    How very sweet!!! They make me smile.

  13. oneanna65 says:

    You are Floral Artista. 🙂 . Hugs.

  14. BeeHappee says:

    ❤ Lucky girls and lucky you. 🙂

  15. cindy knoke says:

    Brimming with joy, sun, color and love! Perfection~

  16. Lucky kids to be given the pick of your garden and your expertise. It looks like everyone had a great time!

  17. They are naturals – I love all the color!

  18. ladyfi says:

    So beautiful and joyful!

  19. dianaed2013 says:

    I see that you are handing down your flower arranging talent

  20. Cathy says:

    There is definitely creative talent there! Now I wonder who they inherited that from… 😉

  21. A lovely relationship

  22. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    what a glorious day!

  23. How delightful. What great friends.

  24. Aishwarya says:

    The arrangements look beautiful Eliza! And one to tuck behind the ear – well that’s a given!!! 😀

  25. Kathy Sturr says:

    What fun and talented neighbors you have! I feel the joy!

  26. What a delight to have such sweet young visitors that share your interests. I too have a neighbor girl that comes over to share in my garden. It is always fun to have her visit.

  27. Two sweeties, flower arranging and a board game – you’re living right. 🙂

  28. Anca Tîrcă says:

    This is a great way to educate children to love nature!Well done, Eliza!

  29. Kris P says:

    I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer morning, Eliza.

  30. Dalo 2013 says:

    I love the quote you open with ~ and then I see a day that must have been made of pure joy. How lucky those kids are to have you there to play with, and to take in all the beauty your garden has to offer, and of course, from your photos I can see how lucky you are to have such company. Awesome post Eliza ~

  31. I bet the girls love coming to your house with all those pretty flowers. Have they tried pressing some?

  32. Oh, Eliza. You are such a gift. I loved seeing these young girls enjoying nature (with a great teacher, I might add)

  33. AmyRose🌹 says:

    This post is just precious, Eliza. Your flowers are just gorgeous and giving me ideas of what to plant in places where color is needed. Darling girls. How you must both Love seeing them and being with them. They are just so JOY filled!! 🙂 ❤

  34. Jewels says:

    Ah, I love this Eliza! ❤

  35. bittster says:

    That Is one of the best reasons to have a garden. I bet you’ve made many a summer memory out there!

  36. Maria F. says:

    They look so happy, and that’s what matters! They’re lucky to have you as a neighbor!

  37. Wonderful post and lesson for the young ones!

  38. This is a lovely, cheerful post! I love it! Beautiful flowers & children! ❤ I’m so happy to read that you all had fun and there was no injuries! 😀 What a beautiful day! Thank you for sharing! I love the simple, fun cheerful feeling conveyed here!

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