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Miniature flower arrangements and charity shops

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 22 Feb 2011 at 09:17 PM

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I'm a sucker for a charity shop.  Seriously.  It's like a genteel version of skip-diving with added feel good factor.

What's more, I have successfully passed on my passion to the kids.  In fact it wasn't even a hard sell.  Once they worked out that a pound of pocket money could purchase all sorts of bounty usually beyond their means, I had willing apprentices.

This half term, we have been indulging our charity shop fetish with a certain focus.  Last year we planted a cutting garden and it's about to bear it's first fruit.  As most of these will be midgets in the cut flower world - muscari, species tulips and miniature narcissi - I needed something to display them in which wouldn't completely swamp the blooms.

To be fair, we did scour five shops, but in the end our dedication was rewarded, eight receptacles (vases might be overstating it, especially as one is actually a teapot...) and most of them perfect for the smaller displays.

What's more, we didn't even wait for the cutting garden.  Instead, we raided the grandparents' patch and came up with these floral creations - two are mine, two are Oscar's (I won't say which is which as I worry it may not reflect well on my skills). As well as being great for short stemmed flowers, the small bowls are perfect for floating flower heads (which, let's face it, are often the unplanned reasult of child-based flower cutting).

For those who care about such things the 'arrangements' (and yes, I use that term loosely) include aconites, rosemary, Ballota pseudodictamnus, snowdrops, Viburnum tinus, Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn', crocus and hellebores.




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