Seasonal Flower Alliance – May 8

I mentioned I’d participate in this little venture.  It was thought up by Erin Benzakein and the concept is simple.  Create an arrangement from locally grown flowers just for the hell of it.  Take some photos and share it with the world.  I’ve been cutting and arranging flowers from my garden for years now, but I’ve never really photographed them let alone shared the photos.

I’m still swimming in lilacs around here.  I wanted to savor the scent and had planned on creating a number of arrangements for every room in the house, but instead I chose my largest vase and went nuts.

In the arrangement are lilacs (of course!), columbine, sage, mint and tree peonies.  I’ve had the most massive tree peony for the past 10 years, but I’ve never cut a single bloom off of it.  This year I cut 4!  I think it turned out beautiful.


Lilac ‘Mme. Lemoine’, Lilac ‘Ludwig Spaeth’, Tree Peony (unknown variety), Black Lace Ninebark, Columbine, Sage & Mint

It is insanely huge.


I’ve also decided that to do flowers justice you must photograph them with something other than an iPhone.


While I love my iPhone and I’ve used it as my sole camera for the past few years (except for a few large trips) it doesn’t take photos nearly as well as my nice Pentax.  I know, I know… rebel in the camera world.  I don’t own the high end Cannon or Nikon.  I did it for a reason.  I’m a camera snob.  My camera is simple, it takes amazing photos AND I can use all of my manual lenses with it.

So back to flowers…


What in the heck do you do with a huge arrangement?  It’s too big for the dining room table.  It’s too tall for the top of the entertainment center.  It’s too wide for the mantel.  So I put it on the hearth.  It was perfect when my friend Tyler came to visit.  It was right at hand level for him to experience.  Tyler is blind so he was able to enjoy the touch and smell of the arrangement.  I love it!


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  1. Julie says:

    I have found my way here via Floret – your flowers are beautiful! I have never known anyone have enough tree peony flowers to use some in a vase – I am keeping my fingers crossed that one day my solitary tree peony will have enough flowers for me to do the same!

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you Julie. I’ve had the tree peony for about 10 years and the trunk on it in the Winter is about 2 1/2′ tall so it’s a big one. This year there were 5-7 blooms. Sadly, it’s not a fragrant one, but I love it anyway.

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