Once we hit mid summer and the days are long and the air is heavy with heat, I begin to look for ways to freshen up our home that don't require much effort or movement.  One of my favorite things to do is to bring in fresh flowers, either from the garden or from the grocery store or a combination of both.  Lately I've been playing around with monochromatic floral arrangements because they are so easy to put together and they add so much charm to any room.  They are definitely worth the splurge.

how to arrange flowers

I will usually start by walking the garden to see what (if anything) is blooming.  Today I happened to
find a few pink roses and a couple of pink zinnias in the yard.  After I clipped them, I got them ready for display by giving them a good spray with the hose and removing all the bottom leaves from the stems and placing them in a simple white pitcher half full with water and nestling that in a wooden tray (similar).

pink floral arrangement

With this done, pink became my color of the week as I headed out to the grocery store,  Since my homegrown flowers were already in my chosen vase, I knew I would only need one bunch of flowers to fill out the arrangement.

pink floral arrangement

Already knowing I was going with a pink arrangement helped to narrow down my choices thereby simplifying the process and knowing how many stems I'd need for a full vase of flowers let me know that one bunch of $4.99 pink Alstroemeria would be enough to complete the bouquet.  By doing it this way I cut down the number of purchased flowers I needed, which allows me to put a fresh bouquet on the table every week.  A definite win, win situation.

This is such an easy way to add seasonal flowers any time of the year.  Here are a few of my favorites from my flower arrangements pinterest board...

simple daisies via pinterest
Aren't you feeling inspired to put together a dozen of your favorite color flowers right about now?  I know I am.  And by starting in your own yard you can cut down on the feeling of being overwhelmed by all the choices once you get to the store and the dollars it takes put fresh flowers on the table whenever you need a little pick me up, which is always a good thing.

And if you're thinking it's only you who benefits from a pretty bouquet on the table, you're wrong. You're family notices and appreciates it, too.  Definitely another reason to go ahead and splurge a little.

xo, Patty

Always want pretty flowers growing in your garden.  You might like my post on how to grow a cottage garden.

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  1. Patty, For some reason, I love any hand picked floral arrangement in a canning jar. It's like a country beauty. I like the little white pitcher too, I use mine a lot as vases. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  2. Beautiful! I love mixing flowers in the same color, the different textures and forms add so much interest. I also like supplementing purchased flowers with flowers from the garden. I don't have to ruin the display outside by cutting all my flowers :)

  3. I was thinking yesterday about getting some flowers from the new Trader Joes because I have nothing much blooming in this heat. Maybe I'll do that. Raining here. Love the dark morning ambiance. Pinned!

  4. Pretty bouquets; I grow Peruvian lilies in several colors. They are great cut flowers aren't they?

  5. Good idea to supplement your own with store bought. I have alot of white daisies in my yard, but earwigs are eating them! Darn. They would look so pretty mixed with another color. I have alot of pitchers I've gotten at thrift stores (I have a "thing" for pitchers)... and forget how neat they look used as vases. Even a pitcher tied with the twine would look rustic which I like. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Trying to compliment you on your yellow and blue. You look good for 50.

    I have taken a break so you do not have to email back. I have issues with health but I can still comment people.


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