Friday, September 11, 2015

A is for Alstroemeria!

Time for "Flower School"!

I am spending a lot of time thinking about and working with flowers these days.  
Sweetwater Style is actually "branching out"!  Stay tuned for a big reveal of the new floral consulting business that my friend Kim and I have started!  It isn't "ready for prime time" quite yet, but soon!

In the meantime, "flower school" is in session!
A is for Alstroemeria......because they are
Available
Audacious
Appealing

Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily. 
Alstroemeria symbolizes friendship and devotion.  The twists of the flower symbolize the trials and tribulations of friendships.

Alstroemeria is one of those flowers that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to big fancy flower arrangements.
But don't overlook these beauties!
They are usually the least expensive choice in those grocery store flower marts!
Besides being inexpensive, these little beauties are probably the longest lasting flowers you can buy.
Think about it....how often do you see these in the vases in a restaurant?

Our little Floral consulting business did the flowers for a wedding last weekend.


The color scheme included a lot of deep plum.  We used lots of deep purple Alstroemeria!


The hardy little blossoms were just perfect for the wrist corsages.

We had lots to use in the table arrangements too!

We made the chair decor with bunches of Alstroemeria, some Wiegelia and Hosta leaves tied with dark plum ribbon.

Gorgeous and inexpensive....
Plus...we knew they would hold up well.


One of the perks of doing flowers for a wedding is access to the "leftovers"! Nobody wanted the chair decorations!  I couldn't just throw them away!  So home they came to Sweetwater!
  Here are the table decorations just tucked into the vases on the mantel along with some leftover green Hydrangea and the seed pods and curly sticks that have been in those vases all summer! 



There were still more blossoms left.....so these went into the Powder room wall vases.
Just sayin'....I love me some free flowers!

Now....for your Flower School ART LESSON....
Alstroemeria as Fine Art!
Enjoy the show!


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Hope you enjoyed "school" and are having a wonderful day!
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