Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dahlias, champagne, romance and pudding,

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When I had a flower shop in Sydney I never really understood why people would flock to buy traditional red roses on Valentines day when there are so many other beautiful flowers to choose from. I have strict instructions for my husband every year to never ever buy me red roses on Valentines Day (tooooooo expensive)

It's not that I am a difficult or ungrateful, I just hate the commercial side of the red rose on Valentines Day.

I know, I know the red rose is a sign of true love.


Why not pick a beautiful bunch of sweet peas, a tiny bunch of little violets, a box gardenias, white or pink peonies, mini white rosebuds, an orchid or a pretty bouquet of love in the mist.

or a huge bunch of Dahlias,


I just love Dahlias, they are so gorgeous, the petals are just divine and the colours are amazing.

A beautiful bunch of cream Dahlias, how romantic, that's for me,,,,

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actually to tell you truth, I don't mind if I don't get flowers on Valentines Day

a little I love you xx is enough for me,

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This is one of my table settings which I styled for true romance. A table for two set in the garden at twilight, a full length linen cream cloth, white china, a candelabra filled with Dahlias, and a bowl full of Dahlias with a few Camellia leaves in the centre.


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These little white puddings are made with icing sugar and I attached a beautiful hand made sugar flower to the top of each one, they are actually hollow, I made them for decoration only, that's what we stylist do. I use them for all sorts of things, topping a cake, banquet displays or just for an interesting centrepiece.

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copyright Coty Farquhar 2009

10 comments:

  1. I agree, I asked my husband not to buy me flowers on Valentine's Day at all! {sometimes he does sneak in a white bouquet} Going to visit your new blog now. With a cup of Earl Grey, I know it will be a sweet respite in my day.
    xo Lidy

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  2. I'm with you Coty - MOTH knows that to bring home red roses would lead to instant dismissal!! He's so gorgeous though & really loves to buy me flowers. Although he's done such a fabulous job this year with the huge armfuls of Christmas & Oriental Lillies he's grown down on our old Tennis Court, I'm very spoilt.

    One year he was running late to the Florist & all she had left were Hydrangeas. He brought home the biggest & most beautiful bunch & kept apologizing!! Took me ages to convince him that I was over the moon!
    Millie ^_^

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  3. Beautiful! Love all the white!

    Susan

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  4. Beautiful post, Coty! So very elegant! I agree with you...I hate how the prices of flowers double and triple right before Valentine's day...my sweet hubby buys me flowers year round and says they raise the prices of flowers because most men can't think of anything else to get! I suppose he should know...although he always surpises me with other gifts that I love...even more than flowers! Gifts that will last a lifetime...not just a week!
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    ;-D

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  5. so romantic,it's all lovely...ann

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  6. Hello Coty, I am with you on the Red Roses thing (way to expensive, esp in London). Your stunning tablescape proves there are way far better options, it's stunning :). Kathy.

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  7. Beautiful & romantic. I love it!!! I love roses, but would rather have something else as roses die too quickly. Thanks for the fabulous tablescape.

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  8. Just a quick visit to wish you a happy weekend Coty & I've left a little acknowledgement for you over at The Hedge because it's always such a joy to visit your beautiful Blog.
    Millie ^_^

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  9. Hi coty, thanks for your lovely comments..i too love dahlias..mum & dad had a beautiful garden full of them when i was a child. Very rare up here though!! I must admit i am not a red rose fan & the prices are through the roof! I have had trouble commenting as keep getting locked out of blogger so sorry for my absence..Mel xx

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