Just last week I mentioned I'd been (politely) kicked off the mantle — the ban has been in place for a couple of months — I couldn't take it anymore! Rather than ask for permission I went with the time honored idea that it's better to just "do it" and ask for forgiveness...
Floral master Riz Reyes had given me a chunk of Floral Soil to try out and after months of it sitting on a shelf in the basement I finally felt the inspiration to use it. Inspiration fueled by Zinnias of course!
This stuff is crazy cool! It's a sustainable version of that icky floral foam, Oasis, and if you think it looks a little like chocolate cake you'd be correct.
After all it was the cake in the "Woodland Wedding Cake" — one of the most photographed elements of the 2015 Floral Showcase at the NW Flower and Garden Show.
From the Floral Soil website:
Derived and Inspired by Nature: Floral Soil™ is 100% plant based and manufactured primarily from coconut husks, a renewable waste.
Re-Usable: A key focus of Floral Soil™ design was to make it re-usable. Floral Soil can be used for cuttings and seed starts. Additionally, you can add it to your indoor plants, outdoor planters, and directly to your garden.
I've never worked with any sort of floral foam so this was a whole new experience for me.
To be able to push a stem in at an odd angle and have it stay there, crazy!
It made doing an arrangement like easy.
Have I mentioned how much I love growing, and cutting, Zinnias?
Joining the flowers are cuttings of Artemisia stelleriana 'Silver Brocade' and Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hindwarf'...
A few stems of Nicotiana...
And the vines and fruit from Melothria scabra, aka the Mexican Sour Gherkin.
But of course it's really all about the Zinnias.
A friend gifted us a couple of lemon cucumbers. Had we not eaten them right away they would have made a nice addition to the still life.
As always the weekly "In a Vase" meme is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click on over to see what other bloggers are sharing in a vase.
Weather Diary, Aug 13: Hi 75, Low 58/ Precip .06" — which ended our 57 day dry streak, the longest dry spell in 33 years.
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