SOLO ACT | Monday Morning Blooms



Welcome to the very first 2019 MONDAY MORNING BLOOMS!


I’m so excited to share this Monday morning with all of you.



After all the busy days of the holidays,

I think all of us are ready for some peace, calm, and beauty.




I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with how our home looks after the holidays.




I love the clean, fresh and “anything is possible” look

once the Christmas tree, ornaments and other baubles are put away.


But it does feel kind of empty.




Especially on our fireplace mantel.



Previously decked out in all its seasonal finery.





An easy but “grand” looking arrangement perks that mantel right up.

Lifts my spirits, too.




This weeks floral challenge – the girls and I like a good challenge –


was to create some floral beauty from one type of flower.





In this arrangement, I’m showing off the beauty of just one flower.



The entire flower display consists of two trumpet vines clipped from my back garden, and

sweet soft pink sweetheart spray roses.





Placed in an antique Wedgwood creamware bowl,

the pink shades of the roses contrast nicely agains the creamy white of the bowl,

especially when placed against the white wall and mantel.





This arrangement is a little out of my comfort zone,



I usually create much “tighter” and classic arrangements.





I wanted to show you that an arrangement does not need

to be complicated to be beautiful.




I trimmed the vines and placed them in the bowl first, letting them flow naturally to the right and left.





For added drama, I placed a few smaller roses in a Wedgwood creamer


in front of the large antique creamware platter.





Those two little ones fell off, and I couldn’t bear throwing them out.


For now, they join their more healthy friends in front of the little arrangement.



I did use my secret weapon…clear floral tape, to make a grid to hold all the roses into place.





And sunk a heavy frog  on the bottom of the bowl to anchor the two vines, and some of the heavier rose sprays.






These next two  photos are from the evening, with the candles glowing, and a fire lit.


These photos do show that the roses have a little crushing on the outer leaves, but never mind!


Like the antiques we love, they have a little “wear”.






The trumpet vine did pop up with some flowers, while being inside in the warmth of the living room.

So it kind of is another flower. But I’m calling that a “green”….



Not sure if that’s technically allowed, but if you don’t tell, I won’t either.\








I love it.


It’s cozy, romantic, and just right for this first month of the year!







Now be sure to visit my friends by clicking on their names below.


I can’t wait to see what they have created


to inspire all of us to create floral beauty at home!



SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs


PAM at Everyday Living


YVONNE at Stonegable



MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs



and of course, MOI, FrenchGardenHouse

à bientôt


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23 Responses to SOLO ACT | Monday Morning Blooms

  1. Swoon-worthy arrangement Lidy! I love your addition of the trumpet vine from your garden with the spray roses and I have creamware platter envy. 🙂 I love roses in all their stages and especially as they age and their faded beauty… like a wonderful transferware piece that has a some crazing that adds to the charm. Thank for the flower therapy this morning. It’s always a treat to start my day with your beautiful blooms. xo

  2. Thank you so much for your visit! I am beyond inspired by you today, that puppy arrangement is over the top adorable!!

    I think Gracie and Lola have a cuteness contender, but no, they are still the cutest!

  3. Eeeek! The gorgeous spray roses in that amazing Wedgwood creamware bowl were made for each other! I always look forward to seeing what lovely container you will use for your beautiful arrangements. Also love how you used the trumpet vine for creating that asymmetrical, cascading effect. Happy First Monday Morning Blooms of 2019!…as always, love participating in MMB with you! Have a most beautiful day my friend! xoxo’s

  4. Love love the trumpet vine Lidy, your arrangement looks like an elegant sculpture! Your mantel looks gorgeous and light, I am seriously considering taking the greenery off my mantel and tossing my poinsettia!

  5. Breathtakingly beautiful Lidy. I love pink roses in all their stages. Your trumpet vine is perfect with these and the white Wedgewood. Thank you for Monday morning inspiration.

  6. Lidy, Floral Mondays are my absolute favorite days and today your rose arrangement took my breath away! When I learned about floral design back in the ’60’s, defined floral line was very much the rage. Your pink roses and trailing vine is an updated version of the S curve arrangement and the most beautiful, feminine and inviting design of this type ever! It’s loveliness lifted my spirits and is an inspiration. I’m so glad that you branched out of your comfort zone to create so much beauty.

  7. Anita, You are so kind! I am branching out this year, into the wild and less formal type of arrangements. : ) Thank you so much for being my floral friend, and also for loving flowers as much as I do. xo Lidy

  8. Hi Lidy,

    Just woke up and ah, there isn’t anything to start the day like beautiful pink roses along with a classical plate with tiny rosebuds to say, “Good morning, love!”

    Then, I spied…..

    One sweet puppy dog, and suddenly there were two!

    I laughed, and then my daughter smiled!

    Thank you Lidy, for giving us, our first smile on this winterly day!

  9. So lovely! Clean, white and pristine, yet soft and elegant! I love how you used the trumpet vine – it adds the perfect touch. What a beautiful way to start the week with Monday blooms. Thank you, Lidy – and friends!

  10. Edna, that is so sweet of you to say! I agree, there is nothing, especially in winter, that says Good Morning like small pink sweetheart roses! Thank you for visiting, and for leaving such a warm comment. xo Lidy

  11. Thank you once again for teaching us how to arrange beautiful flowers! My daughter and I just had a conversation yesterday about removing all signs of Christmas and finding that we were a bit overwhelmed with the empty space! So, onto a fresh look in January.

  12. Connie, it is always slightly empty, isn’t it? If you look closely, you can see that the tree is still up! Taking that down today….: ) xo

  13. Lidy, I always count on you for beauty and elegance. The spray roses are stunning in the exquisite Wedgwood, and the addition of the trumpet vine is perfect. I won’t tell the other ladies that another kind of flower popped into your arrangement, your secret is safe with me. I love sharing Monday Morning Blooms with you sweet friend!

  14. Thank you Pam. I love sharing this Monday Morning Blooms feature with you, you always make my heart happy, friend. xo

  15. Happy New Year, Lidy,
    The rose’s are just beautiful and they look like a painting, love them so, warm and pretty feeling, the other color’s are really very pretty also, you sure have the touch, enjoy looking and all your idea’s and yes after Christmas I to like to make everything look pretty again and I got out my old siver tray and polished it up and put it on my dining room table with glass and red berrie;s and it look’s so pretty saw what you did with your silver tray, great idea, I also like to keep a little red out till after Valentine’s Day, so thank you again for sharing all your great idea’s. Have a good week~~~~~~Bonjour, Jean~~~~~~~~

  16. Jean, it’s always a delight when you visit! I can only imagine how beautiful your silver tray looks with the red berries. : )

  17. This is the time of year in the Midwest when we need something living…flowers fit the bill! I love your sweet, pale pink roses…no more brilliant red from Christmas! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous arrangements, my friend!

    Jane x

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