Christmas Floraspirations

I prepared this post to be published before yesterday’s unfathomable tragedy.  As we all mourn for the innocence lost and made even more painful by its occurrence during this season of hope and light, we know that we cannot let evil stop our preparations for the coming of Jesus.  With unbound sympathy for the parents and families of the victims in Newtown, Connecticut, I pray that these Christmas decorations and traditions will comfort and remind us how much we need the grace and comfort of Jesus Christ not just during this incongruous holiday season but all the year long.

     The annual Christmas decorations are finally up, and all but a box or two has been returned to the attic.  Now it’s time to find and arrange the flowers and greenery that will hopefully take us past Christmas Day.  My Three Chopt Garden Club has been my source of floral inspiration (hence “Floraspiration”).  These designs that a small group of us created for the Kent-Valentine House, as well as the elegant green and white arrangements created by some talented ladies for our Club’s annual Christmas party, have inspired me to try some new looks this year.

(Drooling over this mirror-top. It’s a perfect idea for my dining room.)

     Are you feeling inspired to get arranging yet?

All photos by Avad Fan on iPhone.


Floraspirations, Week 12: Clever Container Gives a Glimpse of Inspiring Ideas to be Found During Historic Garden Week in Virginia

     A good friend delivered this charming arrangement earlier this week as a welcome gift to the Three Chopt Garden Club.  A bulb transplanter has been transformed into a vase by simply wedging in a paper cup.  In true garden club fashion, it is filled with blooming flowers from club members’ yards.  I spy hellebores, vinca vine, azalea, dusty miller, lambs ear, clematis vine and pansy, as well as flower and bud stalks from unknown shrubs.

Witty yet lovely

     I am so excited to become a member of this Club which is actively involved in many conservation and beautification projects like the Capital Trees project.  First up is Historic Garden Week.  The Richmond tours take place Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday, April 26, 2012.  As always, the local garden clubs have rounded up some beautiful homes and gardens to showcase and complement with artful arrangements created by club members.  Whet your appetite with these preview photos.

     Everyone is curious to see what will be blooming during this year’s tours as all of our local April blossoms seem to have popped over 3 weeks early.  I’m expecting to see a lot of my most favorite flower,

the Peony,

in full glory.  For more information about Historic Garden Week and how to buy tickets, visit the Garden Club of Virginia’s beautiful site.  Plan to wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to be inspired.

Photos by Avad Fan.