It’s full-on summer here and I have wildflower fever.
I’m constantly scouring ditches and fields for pretty wildflowers and this year with all the rain and warm temperatures there is no shortage of material.
On Sunday I threw on my sunhat, grabbed some shears and a pail of water, and and joyfully hit the road in search of treasures. I’d seen a vision and I was on a mission.
First of all I clipped a whole clump of purple vetch. It’s a must to put it into a pail of water immediately or it’s not going to make it. It wilts extremely fast and has a hard time recovering (if ever does at all). Most wildflowers (weeds) are like that – they need water asap. After I had gathered everything, I let it sit in water overnight (outside and out of sunlight.) The next day in the cool of the morning, I arranged my bouquet.
- re-trim ends of all flowers
- fill a vase with fresh cold water (I used a plastic cup inside this old cream can)
- cut the cow parsley short and into single florets, and cluster them in the centre of the bouquet
- strip most of the leaves off of the fire weed and place three of them for height
- let the purple vetch do what it does best—spill out over the edge and fall over
- add a bit of white yarrow for fill, keeping it close to the cow parsley
- keep the bouquet out of the sun and change the water daily
So here’s what I used:
- fire weed
- purple vetch, white vetch
- cow parsley
- white yarrow
- purple or white clover would have worked beautifully as well
Thanks for stopping by!
Really really wonderful and fantastic this soft colors. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve
These are just beyond breathtaking Barb! Thanks for naming all the wild flowers used. I can’t get enough of these beauties!! Love!!
Caz Sultz says
Love, love, love !
i had no idea it was called vetch…. I’ve been eyeing it on my walks…
gorgeous photos sweet friend… lovely inspiration….. I needed this.
So love this Barb we have purple vetch in the garden I love it so…
that’s just beautiful!
Airy and ethereal….AND….GORGEOUS!
Cow parsley, now that’s a new one to me. Since I can’t identify it in the can how about a photo with the individual prices on white arranged like you do so well? (You need more ideas right? Lol)
By the way, a most stunning bouquet.
Sherri B. says
So dreamy and light-filled – beautiful!!
This is a beautiful bouquet and I love each photo! I’d read this while on the treadmill and while I was running errands, I noticed the Queen Anne’s lace and some purple weed on the roadside. Oh, so beautiful! I wanted to jump out and cut some but I had no shears, no bucket of water and I would probably have been run over! So I’ll just have to enjoy yours.
Such a wonderful bouquet, Barb !
Love your photos … and that old cream can, it’s gorgeous !
Thanks for the tips :-)
Terri Porter says
Every shot is stunningly gorgeous! I love that old milk can and the color and softness of the flowers and you are so talented in arranging them! As Dotti said, I’ll have to enjoy yours. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING blooming here right now! Thanks for sharing this with those of us who are flower deprived right now!
I love, love, love these images – the light from the window, the old milk jug, and those amazing flowers. Amazing!
Deanna@Snippets from Springdale says
Oh so dreamy and gorgeous!! What a lovely vignette!!
Absolutely stunning. You have a way with decorating and flowers.
Lovely! I’m so glad I found your site via kk’s texture Tuesday. I’ll visit often!
odile lm says
This is wonderful! so airy… the colors are so sweet, so dreamy… and so poetic the way you write your gathering of wild flowers and the way you composed your bouquet with a lot of details!
I love your sweet bouquet and the picture you’ve made of it. Bravo!
So wonderful that you’ve shared your wildflower fever with us, a delight for the eyes!
An exquisite wildflower bouquet! :)
Really wonderful. All the images are great. I ove the airiness of the arrangement. Beautiful.
girl friday says
How gorseous is that! So delicate and sweet.