Bring home ingredients for a gorgeous bouquet
Now that I’m back in Seattle, I have an abundance of choice when it comes to local Farmers’ Markets, operating both seasonal and year ’round.
Yesterday being Sunday, we visited our neighborhood West Seattle Farmers’ Market and sought out Jan Roozen of Choice Bulb Farms. Jan is a good friend of David’s and he’s previously featured a video interview with Jan. He shared his knowledge about daffodil post-harvest techniques, which to date has been one of our most-viewed video interviews. It was a treat to finally meet him and spend some time with this charming flower farmer.
After drooling over the amazing selection of flowers from Jan’s farm in Skagit Valley north of Seattle, I came home with an armload of stems, blooms and sprays.
Fresh-from-the-field, these flowers inspired me to make a summer bouquet. I hope you enjoy this textural design in shades of apricot, cream, lemon, lavender and bluish purple.
Before I tell you how much it cost to create this floral design, I invite you to submit your guess!
If you bought this from a high-end flower shop, how much do you think you’d spend?
The reader who comes closest to guessing the correct price wins a set of note cards from my book, Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways. Entry deadline continues through Thursday, August 12th at 5 p.m. Pacific. Post your vote below.
Here is how the design came together, step-by-step:
The last step: Enjoy! Remember to change the vase water every day or so to keep it fresh. And it’s a good idea to trim the bottom of the stems when you change the water to extend the life of the flowers.
Contest Update: We received lots of guesses on Facebook, as well as a few on this page so I’ve decided to send a set of notecards to two winners:
Rama Nayeri, freelance garden writer and owner of Creations Landscape Designs, an Orange County-based firm, accurately guessed that I spent $30 on these flowers – congratulations! (and I know that Jan Roozen was super-generous, charging me just $30 when I’m sure he should have asked for at least $45).
Jennie Love, owner of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, a Philadelphia-based floral studio, a market grower and member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, wagered that this would be a $100 bouquet from a flower shop and that you’d spend $150 at a high-end shop for an arrangement with these wonderful ingredients.