Tomorrow is Mustang Sally's wedding... she's the assistant coach of the Cheerios. The girls are a little beside themselves with excitement to see Sally in her gown. As Saucy's gift, she made the bouquet for the bride to carry on her big day. It's kind of an awkward thing to get photographs of when holding a camera on your own, but you get the idea. She's pretty pleased with the way it turned out and she hopes that Mustang Sally will be, too. The Cheerios will be waiting at the church to hand it to her when she steps inside.
Oh, and the flowers? They are breathtaking. Saucy got most of them at her very favourite local florist, Blossoms. It's her go-to for blooms when she needs them because there's always something beautiful and a little unusual to put into a bouquet or arrangement and for some reason, they last longer. This bouquet has beautiful orange parrot tulips, coral spray roses, yellow tea roses tipped with orange, brilliant orange dahlias, alstroemeria, hypericum berries, miniature sunflowers, orange freesia (so fragrant) and even tiny unripened blackberries - they have an orange hue right now.
Wrapping an informal bouquet like this isn't difficult but there are a few tricks to flower placement because some flowers have stems that resist bending and others are quite pliable. In this case, it was best to start with the long stemmed roses nearer the centre and start building around them, filling with the smaller buds and leaving a little room for the flowers to open fully overnight. Saucy doesn't wire her stems together - she has some cool stuff that's like an indestructible binding twine - but it's as thin as cello tape so it doesn't add bulk as more flowers are added and taped into place. This bouquet will withstand a small tornado.
In the morning, Saucy will pluck out any stray greenery that didn't fall nicely into place as the flowers opened, cull any bruised petals that look worse for wear and give the bottoms of the stem one last trim to be completely even... or not... sometimes the uneven stems can look a little charming... what do you think?
The fabric cuff wrapped around the stems Saucy picked up at the floral wholesale and it's handy because the whole bouquet can spend the night in a vase and be pulled out of water at the very last minute before the cuff is slipped back on with its velcro closure and handed to the bride.
Well, wish Mustang Sally congratulations. And some luck for Saucy. She's taking the wedding pictures. You'll see a few of them here next week, okay?