My last peony bloomed on Monday, so I
promise expect that this will be the last time that I wax poetic (or at least attempt to) this peony season.
We just couldn’t let the opportunity pass to show you some stunning arrangements featuring my formerly shriveled peonies.
Usually The Gracious Posse includes pictures of our favorite blossom plopped unceremoniously into a vase, but these featured arrangements were created by a master.
When Madeleine Elmer of Fleur de Vie Houston comes to town, I get giddy with anticipation. Not only is she a hoot, but she has talent and generosity oozing out of her pores.
Often this time of year, she co-hosts a Flower Camp for floral design wanna-bees. The busy high school graduation season crimped this year’s camp schedule, but I got a mini-boot camp of my own. Since I provided the featured flower, I had the pleasure of witnessing Madeleine’s creations whipped together in no time.
That’s how professional flower designers do it. Madeleine began Fleur de Vie Houston several years ago as a part-time gig. Her designs have taken Houston by storm, and her creations now embellish weddings and tony social events all over the town. She has affiliated with the Chapel Designers network and travels with the group throughout the country to stay on the cutting edge of the latest in floral design trends.
As Madeleine created the arrangements featured here for a Saturday night soiree, I was honored to be her assistant, soaking oasis, recutting stems and fetching floral tape. I soaked up every morsel of information that she shared about those design trends, and I couldn’t have been more pleased that the results of her work featured six dozen of my peonies. Resurrected from their shriveled forms and accompanied by some garden cuttings and two purchased bunches of Bells of Ireland, they shined in glory at the hands of a master.
May 27, 2015