Summer is the season of gorgeous abundant flowers. I can’t quite choose a favorite, but our Eden roses come close.

If you came here via my friends Shirley, Pam or Mary from Floral Friday, WELCOME! I am so happy to have you visit, and I hope you will stay awhile.



Today, for our Floral Friday, I’ll be using my Eden roses together with some other pink roses for an easy arrangement in a box, together with my friends Shirley, Pam and Mary.

I’ll be sharing their links at the bottom of the post so be sure to visit them later on.



Let’s talk about the Eden roses first.  In our back garden, our Eden looks like this. Sorry for the marginal photo, I quickly took it with my phone. My ever present assistant, Bentley, is in the background. {Probably wondering if it’s worth his while to come outside with me, because usually when there is photo taking going on outside, there is some kind of table setting and food involved. Sorry Bentley. Not this time.}




The Eden Rose – Rosa Eden- is a light pink and white climbing rose, it was created by Marie-Louise Meilland and introduced in France.  Marie-Louise Meilland introduced over 120 varieties of roses in her career. She was born in 1920 in Antibes, a beautiful resort town between Cannes and Nice on the Côte d’Azur. As a little girl Marie-Louise was called “Louisette”, her mother came from Grasse {perfume!} and her father immigrated from Calabria, Italy.  Her parents had a rose school on the peninsula of Cap d’Antibes.

By the time Louisette was 15, she had bred her first rose hybrids together with her papa.  She met and married Francis Meilland, the son of one of France’s most famed rose breeders, and began working in his family’s flower business. When Francis died early, at 46, Marie-Louise ran the business until her own son was old enough to take over.  She created new varieties of tea hybrids, floribundas and climbing roses, and won numerous awards. When she named some of them after famous personalities such as Maria Callas, and the princess of Monaco, Marie-Louise was photographed with them and got plenty of press coverage.

I love knowing my favorite rose was created by a woman!



To make this FLORAL FRIDAY arrangement for our guest bedroom mantel, I gathered some of the lush, ruffly soft pink Eden roses from the garden, a few snippets of bright green maidenhair fern, and some dark green lemon leaf and pink roses I still had left over from last week’s living room bouquet.



For FLORAL FRIDAYS, the four of us enjoy having somewhat of a theme. This week, we’re all thinking outside the box, or rather IN the box… to create an arrangement using a box of some sort.


I chose this intriguing antique metal deed box, painted black and decorated with the graceful initials V R. To make an arrangement in this type of container, I just insert two small glass jars filled with water to hold the flowers safely inside.


Antique Black Hand Painted Document Box


Flowers play such an important role in my life, they add such freshness and beauty to our home.

In Europe, there are flower stands on almost every corner in the cities, which makes it so easy to allow flowers and plants to be a part of every day life.  I think every Friday shopping trip there includes at least one bouquet of flowers, so that an enchanting floral arrangement can add beauty to our home!  Even if that home is temporary vacation one.

Fortunately, our markets carry a range of flowers here in the states, so we can enjoy the delicate beauty of flowers in our homes too!  Because nothing adds life to a home like flowers, don’t you agree?



In the summertime, if you are lucky enough to have a garden or patio, flowers are our reward for planting, watering and nurturing our favorite plants, and we can go out and clip a few.  Sometimes, I don’t really want to cut many flowers from the garden, depending on the plant.  But since our Eden is covered with fluffy pink blooms, I cut as many as I want need.



This lush arrangement is the most uncomplicated way to arrange flowers. I clipped the roses short, and inserted them into the two glass containers hidden in the box.  The lemon leaf and few fern fronds are tucked in to frame the roses.  {That sweet little white flower is what bloomed on the end of the lemon leaf! I’ve never seen that before, it looks like a sweet little bell flower.}

I didn’t have a plan, I just arranged the flowers “by sight” – these roses are so gorgeous, they really don’t need an elaborately designed arrangement!



I think the result is lovely, don’t you?  Roses are the most feminine, ruffly and delicate looking flowers, but as a cut flower, they are actually quite sturdy, you can expect them to last almost a week if you cut them when they have not opened yet.



“The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.”


Vintage Hand Painted Enameled Candy Jar



“Let the beauty and fragrance of a rose touch your soul.”



I hope you are able to create a spot of floral beauty for your own home today, to enjoy for the weekend.  Thank you so much for joining me today, I love when you visit!  Will you let me know what flower is YOUR very favorite in the comments below?



Please go see my talented friends and their floral creations by clicking on the links below.


MARY- Home Is Where The Boat Is

 SHIRLEY- Housepitality Designs

PAM- Everyday Living

LIDY- FrenchGardenHouse

à bientôt

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