Nothing Nicer in November

For a gardener there is nothing nicer in November than fresh flowers. IMG_5231 Our gardens are tucked away.  Even the last aster that bloomed through the cold nights has been struck with frost, and a bouquet from the yard is hard to come by.  So the Garden Club meeting with Maureen Laning sounded appealing this morning.  I am not a floral designer and have no skill or talent in that area, so I am often bored with floral design presentations.  But I am so glad that I decided to attend this one!!.  Maureen who has been an instructor for the New York Botanical Garden and owns a florist shop in Bedford, NY was so entertaining and so creative, that I was completely engrossed.   She had ideas for the Thanksgiving tableIMG_5226 and for the Christmas season upon us. IMG_5233 Her use of lush flowers and imaginative containers was enthralling.  At the end of the demonstration, the arrangements were raffled off.  I WON!  I took home the top of this arrangement. IMG_5228 I invited a few friends to come back to my house for tea and biscotti and we all enjoyed the centerpiece of roses, peonies, lisianthus, and dianthus. IMG_5229 I decided to break up the arrangement and let each of my friends take home some of the flowers.  We made an extra bouquet for one of our dear friends who couldn’t make the meeting due to health and delivered  it to her home.

Every member of the club, even those who did not score at the raffle, was invited to choose a container of blooms to take home.  IMG_524375 to choose from – thank you Maureen!  I will be visiting her Bedford  Village Florist soon.   She is having the Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7th,  and I may have to wander up to that neck of the woods to see more of her amazing work with flowers!


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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7 Responses to Nothing Nicer in November

  1. Beautiful and even more so that you shared them.


  2. Pauline says:

    Such a beautiful arrangement, how lucky you were to win it. Sharing it with others has spread the pleasure that the flowers give, such a beautiful thought!


  3. What a wonderful gathering of friends–and a nice touch that you all had something to take home and enjoy at the end!


  4. Jody says:

    you’re a lucky one! And you have a generous heart.


  5. Beautiful arrangements. The cookies (cupcakes?) look good too.


  6. How nice that you won. And then you shared. What a kind thing to do. So pretty too.


  7. lizjwells46 says:

    Lovely to enjoy such gorgeous flowers on a grey November day. What beautiful arrangements.


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