Well, I did think “outside of the box” for this month’s MGB and I do realize that I am a bit late.  I try to have it posted by the 20th of each month, but I had my deadline for completing four gardening articles moved up.  I have been writing for most of the day and my brain has turned to mush….is that enough of an excuse?

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that it is January and there are not a whole lot of flowers out in my garden.  But, I do have some….just not a lot.

I decided to be a bit creative this month with my bouquet.  Actually, I don’t know if you can even call it a bouquet.  But, I am quite happy with the results.

I have always liked how beautiful floating flowers appear, so I decided to try it out for myself.  I used my grandmother’s glass dessert dishes (to be honest, this is the first time I have used them for anything).  I may have to actually use them for dessert sometime 😉
I realize that I have not mentioned what flowering annuals that I have growing.  Well, here they are – Violas, Dianthus and Pink Geraniums.
 I just wish that I had a party at my house so that I could use them as decorations for the table.  Wouldn’t they be pretty at a tea party?
Well, my kids have been asking me if we could have a tea party the past couple of days…… 

I realize creating a bouquet during the winter months can be quite challenging, but that is where creativity comes in.

Maybe you have some dried seedheads, which would make a beautiful bouquet.  

Or maybe you have some beautiful poinsettias or amaryllis.

I also think that a bouquet of evergreen foliage is beautiful.

If you would like to participate in this month’s MGB, here are the guidelines:
1. MGB begins on the 21st of each month and runs until the end of each month. Bouquets can be submitted during this time (or even later 🙂 
2. Create your own garden bouquet as fancy or simple as you like.
3. I would appreciate it if you would provide a link back to my post inside of your MGB post, but it is not required 🙂 
4. Add your link to Mr. Linky below and that’s it! 

It can be as simple or fancy as you like.  Each month, I cannot wait to see what you all come up with.

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

10 replies
  1. One
    One says:

    Hi Noelle, That is a very simple yet beautiful idea. Since there aren't many blooms for a lot of gardens in the North, I thought I would share my blooms and sun rays today.

  2. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    I love to have floating flowers on a table. I used to babysit for a couple who did this with gardenias. He would buy her a gardenia to float in a little vase…and would replace it everytime it withered. I always thought that was so nice…My "cheater" bouquet will be up as soon as I leave here…

  3. David & Melanie
    David & Melanie says:

    Hi Noelle,
    Yes, the floating flowers count as a bouquet and…I LOVE the IDEA.
    In fact, I wish I could do the same. I might have some early violets in bloom, but I'll have to crawl on the ground and look for them. LOL 🙂
    I wish I had some violas like yours…so beautiful. I used to grow Johnny Jumpups and they were fun.
    David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston


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