Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Colors of Christmas

I just love the rich traditional colors of red and green for Christmas bouquets. This cheery bouquet is sporting a vintage look with red rose hips, white Festiva Maxima peonies, bright green button mums, red spray roses and seeded eucalyptus, wrapped in a brocade ribbon. It smells great too with just a touch of scented geranium leaves. Scented geraniums (pelargoniums) must winter over in the house, so I keep several in pots to bring inside once the weather turns cold. This herb gives a gentle fragrance to corsages and is useful in wedding cake designs because it is food safe.

Red roses and white peonies are made for each other, and are set off beautifully by the creamy edged leaves of variegated pittosporum. This bouquet also features the tight flower buds of viburnum tinus from the garden. This is an ornamental shrub that provides dark green leaves and wine colored flower buds that will open to a pale pink in spring. I actually prefer these spray clusters in their bud form for winter bouquets.

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