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Funeral arrangements

As you already might know I am also a teacher in floristy. Sometimes people ask me if I can make funeral pieces too. Ofcourse I can. Last week a very special lady died, she was the mother of my husbands best freind. He and his family were  sort of surrogate/ foster parents for him after his mother died. She wanted me to make her funeral piece so I did. Feeling very gratefull and hounoured to be asked to do so.

Her special request was to use some branches of the monkey tree she has in her front garden... She loved Dainthus as they were in her bridal bouqeut, Asparagus too and Roses, They had many Zanthedechia's in the garden so they also had to be included. I used  much greens from their own garden, making it even more personal. 

On Tuesdayafternoon, one day before the funeral I started making the 4 pieces the family of them had ordered. Many pictures ahead here 

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The base of the piece was an Oasis@ bar, which I left in thewater for one day, making sure it was completely filled with water. 

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I added a green edge first so that was done. I thought of ways to secure the branches a tought job as every leave has a pointy end, like a needle. I secured it with wooden sticks and with very thick floristy wire 1,5 mm

The next step was to add the flowers in between and oh boy was I looking forward to that part (not!! hihihi) Anyway I said A so now B.  It was softly raining and it fell to me nature was weeping about her death too. my hands were cold and itchy but I got more and more "excited" about the result the longer I worked at it.

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And then as final touch 3 Zantehedeschia's. More would have taken away the effect of the lines from the monkey tree, 

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And checking how the result wil be while laying flat on the ground. 

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viltalakim, grafwerl, bloemwerk, flowers. BIedermeier

This piece was from the grandchildren, they were with 7 and 4 grand grand children. As symbolism for that they asked for 7 Red Roses in there. 

Another piece was made with the monkey tree branches and Peonies, which I added in the car with bananas to get them open on time . As it was warmer there as in my house. 

A very colorful one too as the lady was never a wallflower. 


And a small biedermeier from ourselves as our last offer. 

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Delivered everything in the church on time. Looked perfect on the coffin.

 Rest in Peace Dear Mrs W. . 

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Today I felt like sharing how to make a floral cake- like arrangement. My students really enjoyed themselves while making it yesterday, And I was anxcious to make one myself too. 

Here is the material list you need: 

  • leaves which can dry in nicely. Like Eucalypthus, Buxus, Gaultheria shallon
  • Gypsophila or other small flowers
  • a Rose or CHrysanthemum, Germini, Ranunculus
  • piece of floral foam in a round shape (you can also cut it out of a block) mine was about 8 cm weide
  • piece of plastic
  • rubberband
  • needles, 
  • scissor
  • knife
  • ribbons
  • beads

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First you get the floral foam wet, so the flowers will last longer. Then take a piece of plastic and cover the bottom and sides. By using rubberband/ elastic it will stay around the foam. 

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Cut off the plastic  which comes above the foam. It is not nice to see that.


Then rip off the leaves form the stem. Eucalylthus can be easily ripped off when you move your hand upwards. when you have leaves with stems then prepare the leaves by cutting off the stems.

Add a leaf heigher as the edge and fasten it with a needle. The next one will be overlapping. Finish the row, make sure you use the same seized leaves and the top is evenly heigh. 


Then  add row 2


row 3,

row 4

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row 5 and 6 till you are done....

now time to cover the foam from the top. I used Gypsophilla as it will dry in too. Make sure you use enoug as when flowers dry they will shrink and it is not good when you can see the foam then. I cut them very short  so it hides the foam easily. 

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In the middle I added a Rose, you can also use other flowers , it is up to you. 

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now the decoration part: I added ribbons and as I was alone and the knot kept slipping I fastened it with a needle too. Added a bead to it and small beads in the Gypsophila and around the bottom row. 

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Hope you will enjoy making it yourself ! 

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Finally a new post.. a  busy time lately. Today I started with a  walk in my garden with my camera, making pictures of the different flowers I saw. Trying not to see all the tasks I still need to do in the garden, hihihi    

It always amazes me how fast nature awakens sometimes.. I love it!

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Even in my pond I found these flowers in bloom



vergeet/mij/nietje, Myosotis

Myosotis, some say it is weed, but I cannot have enoug of them in my Garden.. kids love  making bouquets with it all the time :)


Tulipa, a symbol for Springtime

berries, promissing

Promisses for many berries

blossom of the peachand this one will be a jummy peach if enoug bees find this flower now …. 

Enjoy your springday today!!

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My garden

Oh My Oh My. It was such a  bad weather these last 2 weeks I didn’t had a chance( or time) to walk into my garden. I did yesterday with my camera…  Our spring was very very hot and dry, plants were suffering from not getting water. until the weather changed completely into rain , rain, rain and cold…  How good that was for the plants…

But my garden became some kind of jungle…. my vegetable plot (in the far most corner of the garden) was completely overwhemled with weeds, but nice weeds… 

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I planted strawberries here, somewhere…  now the Borage reaches hip-high. Way too beautiful to pull them out so the strawberries are on their own deep underneath, I think they will manage, hihi a quick weeding was very effective:

but I kept the Borage.. such a nice little blue flower to eat!!

So an impression of what is in bloom here:

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Borage or Bernagie of in Dutch Komkommerkruid

Rosa "The Fairy

Today it is 30 Degrees Celsius, 12 degrees more than yesterday…. gonna enjoy the sunshine.  I hope you too!

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It looks like I neglected my blog for a few days and that has everything to do with my garden.. We have a garden which is approximately 750 m2  and I really had to do some pruning work in there otherwise it really grow into a wild jungle  :)   But I also had some time to make pictures of flowers in bloom at this moment…  Enjoy it! Oh and have a great weekend!

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You can also view these pictures at my photostream at Flickr.

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