O – Oh, Beautiful Tea Cups For Flower Arranging

Welcome to letter O and to this year’s Theme:

 The Glories of Tea With Stepheny

The walls behind the counter had deep floor-to-ceiling shelves for vases and jam jars and scented candles, and there was an old wrought-iron revolving stand for cards. But most of the space in the long, narrow shop was taken up with flowers and plants. Today there were fifty-two kinds of cut blooms, from the tiny cobalt-blue violets that were smaller than Lara’s little fingernail to a purple-and-green-frilled brassica that was bigger than her head. The flowers were set out in gleaming metal buckets and containers of every shape and size. They were lined up on the floor three deep and stacked on the tall three-tier stand in the middle of the shop. The plants, huge leafy ferns, and tiny fleshy succulents, lemon trees and jasmine bushes and freckled orchids, were displayed on floating shelves that were built at various heights all the way up to the ceiling. Lara had spent weeks getting the lighting right. There were a few soft spotlights above the flower displays, and an antique crystal chandelier hung low above the counter. There were strings of fairy lights and dozens of jewel-colored tea lights and tall, slender lanterns dotted between the buckets. When they were lit, they cast star and crescent moon shapes along the walls and the shop resembled the courtyard of a Moroccan riad- a tiny walled garden right in the middle of the city.”
                                        ― Ella Griffin, The Flower Arrangement

This post is for my dear friend, Taimi Anderson, garden designer, floral arranger, travel companion, the eye of an artist, a tea drinker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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4 Responses to O – Oh, Beautiful Tea Cups For Flower Arranging

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    Very pretty. I forget how nice a small bunch of flowers can look!

  2. Kathe W. says:

    oh my how lovely! Thanks! See you tomorrow!

  3. Anne Nydam says:

    So pretty! I’ve done arrangements in teacups a few times when I was hosting something fancy.
    (Click the Blog link on the second row) : P is for Puddle

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