Magnificent Succulents!

A few years ago a bride requested  200 small succulent plants; she wanted to transplant them in small terra cotta pots – that she spray painted in silver and embellished with a narrow blue ribbon – and give them to the guests as favors. It was such a clever idea!

Until that time, I never had paid much attention to the incredible array of those textural 2″ plants. A grower in Yaquina Beach specializes in cacti and succulents and once a week he brings his treasures to the flower market. I never have had the pleasure to meet him, because he comes in the middle of the day and I always shop at the crack of dawn, when the flower selection is the most opulent.

I bought an exquisite selection for the favors and a couple of days later the bride came by to pick them up. In the meantime I stared endlessly at these miniature green sculptures and I knew that I would start to incorporate them whenever I could in centerpieces, bridal bouquets, corsages and boutonniers.

If this peeks your curiosity, come and join us next week for a FUN class!

It’s All About Texture: Succulent Arrangements
With their striking forms and subtle colors, succulents are valuable design elements in our gardens. They also offer an enticing range of texture in flower design. Discover how these luscious plants enhance your flower arrangements. Later, replant the succulents and enjoy them in your garden or containers!
Monday, November 9 or Tuesday, November 10    6:30 – 9:00pm    $75
http://www.francoiseweeks.com/classes/am-sched.html

Want ideas? Check out some enticing examples!

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Ron Weeks

Ron Weeks

Ron Weeks

Ron Weeks

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Jamie Bosworth

Jamie Bosworth

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

Joni Shimabukuro

A few succulents in a textured woodland bridal bouquet

Nicole Wickens

Nicole Wickens

Another example of a detailed woodland bridal bouquet with some succulents

Nicole Wickens

Nicole Wickens

These succulents look like green little fingers!

Jamie Bosworth

Jamie Bosworth

An accent of succulents for this wrist corsage

Robert McNair

Robert McNair

6 Comments on “Magnificent Succulents!”

  • janet November 3rd, 2009 8:32 pm

    Fabulous as always, Francoise! I love those sweet little wrist corsages – lots of yummy texture and detail!

  • lara lewis November 4th, 2009 3:35 am

    those are stunning! what an original idea…and i love the wrist corsage. i sure wish i lived close enough to take one of those classes!

  • Darby November 4th, 2009 4:22 am

    How are the starts doing that I gave you? If they are working out for you let me know and you can have the rest of what I have when I leave…..whenver that turns out to be!

  • Françoise November 4th, 2009 8:17 pm

    That sounds great! Thanks!

  • Jacki November 17th, 2009 4:12 am

    Francoise, those are superb! I’m so glad to see some of my favorite plants used in such unique and pretty ways. I would like to link to this page from my website, if that’s okay with you?

  • Françoise November 17th, 2009 8:28 am

    Thanks! I absolutely love succulents! A link would be fabulous!
    Do you grow succulents?

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