A colorful splash of fresh floral material will enliven any table. There is one thing I dislike about fresh flowers, however, and that is the upkeep. From the day you get them, they start aging and it’s like they assign homework to you: Remove the wilted and dying and rearrange. The different decay rates of different flowers can leave your bouquet looking like the walking wounded. (Without the walking part, of course.) Ah, what to do?
Cannibalize! I used to keep my flowers from the florist in different arrangements from the ones I made from posies picked from my yard or brought home from the farmer’s market. How silly of me! The bouquet pictured above banishes segregation. It gave a home to the last remnants of some Peruvian lilies (alstroemeria) and purple statice (limonium) in the same vase that zinnias from my yard and celosia from the farmer’s market. And they all lived happily ever after.