Borrowed


This arrangement was supposed to be about amaryllis. I tried, really, I did. It was even in the title of the design sponge post I made the flowers for. But whenever poppies are involved, it's a lost cause. Poppies will always win. They are the one bright spot on my winter horizon.
amaryllis 3
The kumquats in the arrangement once belonged to florist Sarah Winward and before that, they belonged to the fairy god mother of all florists, Ariella Chezar. They were given to me in a plastic bag over lunch with Sarah when she was in town for a master class with Ariella, where she used them in this arrangement. I love that they traveled from appreciator to appreciator, and that we both were able to make something beautiful with them.

45 comments:

  1. It's wonderful, I love the colours

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  2. It looks so beautiful and Autumn like. You're really very talented!

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  3. stupendous arrangement...simply gorgeous!

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  4. stunning!! what a treat to work with beauty like this everyday.

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  5. I discovered your blog about an hour ago (via Posie Gets Cozy) and have been IMMERSED since! Stunning. Don't ever stop. The flowers, the light, the delicacy, the creativity...dazzling! Thank you ~ Leslie

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  6. I love poppies but they never last cut for me , what is your secret?

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  7. Love kumquats. I love the word kumquat. :) That is a lovely arrangement and the pictures are gorgeous. I can feel the softness of the poppies.

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  8. EXQUISITE beauty and you are one and the same. THANK you for brightening my winter day!

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  10. The apricot color of that poppy against the green background in the second photo makes me want to eat the flowers. This poppyrillis arrangement is beautiful. Im so glad those didn't go to waste, and that you were able to see my master taping and wiring skills :)

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  11. no matter how many different types of arrangements you post, i always think they are perfect...your style is unique. i'm so glad you express yourself through flowers! it works out so well. :)

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  12. Great flowers together, and great colours !! WOW !
    Best from Lilleba at Rusk og Rask

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  13. The combination of those colours is so beautiful. I love that dusky orangey pink - my favourite. :)

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  14. Beautiful!
    Although it is ecologically questionable, sometimes I do envy you Americans who can get flowers all year round and make up bouquets and arrangements with the most impossible combinations - amaryllis and poppies, the mind boggles!!
    Gorgeous, though...

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  15. I LOVE this!!!! Even if I am just a spoiled American :)

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  16. Hello Amy,

    Your kumquat story warms my florist heart. As your simply outstanding arrangmensts. Love the structure, the colours and the choice of flowers.

    Inspiring.

    Love from Sweden
    Susanna

    p.s I shared your story at my place. Hope it is ok. Thank you. d.s

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  17. I absolutely love this arrangement! Beautiful colours.

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  18. Funny, we can't buy poppies as a cut flower in the states any time other than winter.

    The type of poppy that lasts in a vase are "Icelandic", california poppies do not. Try cutting them at the full bud stage and then burning the ends. Then peel off the out layer of the bud. Should last for 4 or 5 days.

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  19. Wow, so nice!
    I have to say, that I don't look at your pictures, I DRINK them...
    Thanks for sharing!
    Iren

    www.fairybread.com

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  20. Your arrangements always make me weak in the knees, Ms. Merrick. I wish I could fly to down to Canada to fill my apartment with your brilliant blooms. XoX

    http://www.thelaughingmedusa.com

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  21. Poppies, no wonder they make opium!
    You make them the opiate of the masses.
    Legal but as intoxicating.

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  22. So, here's a question. Are all your arrangements fully fresh, or part fresh and part dried (wondering about the kumquats' time line), and do you ever add silk flowers in with fresh?

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  23. Here is a beautiful poem about poppies that happened to show up in my feed juxtaposed to your poppy pictures:

    http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/01/05/poppies/

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  24. love the colours you have used...beautiful

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  25. She is the fairy god-mother, you are so lucky to be so close to such talented designers. LOVE the dark amaryllis.

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  26. The colours in your arrangement are glowing right out of the screen and warming my face! Stunning!

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  27. Those colors are so appealing as are the flowers. I love this time of year when Icelandic Poppies are planted in the landscape.

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  28. These are the most amazing images.....c'est fantastique! I'll be visiting Amsterdam in April and splurging on beautiful blooms. Where should I go?

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  29. Amazing photos and that arrangement is just magnificent!

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  30. What is more darling than the story of HAND-ME-DOWN kumquats?

    And, and, and, Sarah's work with Kinfolk has been some of my flavorite. She's such a babe!

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  31. extraordinary! what a beautiful blog. such treasures for the eyes!

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  32. Your blog is so nice, so inspiring. I love it. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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  33. Always fresh flowers, nothing else, ever.

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  34. I adore your blog....I'll be in Amsterdam in April this year...where should I go to see/buy some gorgeous blooms.

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  35. For us here in Ireland most of these are mere house plants. Oh how the other half live! Loving the luscious plantings framing the window & the orchids hanging from the branches. Keep inspiring us with your imagery... Ena

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  36. Its look very beautiful and wonderful. I like so much this colourful image. All image is cool and fresh. You capture best photo.

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  37. you have done fantastic post of beautiful flowers. I love flowers thanks for this beautiful and also colorful posts. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.

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