Baskets are very forgiving and can hide many sins and they come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and materials. Flowers that are already planted in pots often come in not so pretty plastic pots. If the arrangement is for a dinner party or you only want to keep the plant indoors for as long as it's flowering - a temporary solution is to pop the whole thing in a basket.
I've been working on this blog post while I'm away from home - so I have not had access to all my usual props. Even so - where I'm staying there are dozens of flea markets every week during the summer and I've had so much fun visiting lots of them.
I found three very different baskets - a large rusty metal basket, a new small tightly woven basket - light in colour and a beautiful vintage one - used and weathered with lots of patina.
What you can find is a lot of potted plants and I picked up a beautiful potted pink hydrangea and some blue Campanula.
Both plants can be planted out in the garden once they have finished flowering.
You'll need to protect the base of the basket - so put the pot on a saucer or in a bowl to collect any water draining out of the pot.
The beautiful little blue cup is by the Swedish potter Lotta Zerrander. I love the blue colour of the glaze and the abstract leaf pattern on the side.
You'll might also need to raise the pots to sit higher up in the basket - use anything that is the right height for positioning the flowers a bit above the edge of the basket.
In the case of the wire basket - I lined the basket with some pretty fabric as well as using a few kitchen bowls to raise the flowers to the right height. Everything well hidden by the fabric and all contained within the basket.
Using baskets is a quick and very easy solution - and can be adapted for all kinds of situations.
My collaborator Titti Malmberg over on HWIT BLOGG is also featuring baskets - so go over to her blog and see what she is up to.
Here is a link to all the previous FLOWERS Titti and I have done.
You can also find all the images on my Pinterest.
Have a Wonderful Floral Day!
I hope you are still having a lovely summer!
I will be back next week with a more normal posting schedule.