Summer’s Fancy

Week 31, as we revisit the 10-year anniversary of the book Slow Flowers

A 2023 reinterpretation of Flights of Fancy arrangement from 2013 Slow Flowers Book
My August 2023 reinterpretation of “Flights of Fancy,” an arrangement from 2013 Slow Flowers Book

The 2013 arrangement came together for a summer soiree hostess gift, pulled from the botanicals that inspired me at the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market.

It wasn’t that hard to recreate the charming mix of local foliage, seasonal dahlias, and unique annual blooms. These ingredients have staying power, year after year. I also selected two varieties from the Slow Flowers Cutting Garden: the Baptisia foliage to substitute for the original bouquet’s use of Sanguisorba foliage and Solidago (goldenrod) stems that haven’t yet bloomed.

Here’s the entire recipe:

Dahlias from the Slow Flowers Cutting Garden
Nigella grown by Lexi Mara
Peach Hypericum grown by Ojeda Farms
Goldenrod from the Slow Flowers Cutting Garden
Lysimachia clethroides (gooseneck loosestrife) grown by Field to Heart
Baptisia foliage from the Slow Flowers Cutting Garden

Peachy-pink dahlia
Peachy-pink dahlia from Longfield Gardens and pale peach hypericum berries from Ojeda Farms
The white lysimachia, also called gooseneck loosestrife, inspired the “flights of fancy” title for the original 2013 arrangement.
White nigella, a perfect graphic acccent to this summer palette.
page 2 of the 2013 spread
Page 2 of the 2013 spread – love the top view

Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American-grown flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that encourages consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. Debra is the producer of, the weekly "Slow Flowers Podcast" and the American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4) campaign. Debra is author of 11 books, including Slow Flowers (2013), The 50 Mile Bouquet (2012) and Slow Flowers Journal (2020). She is the co-founder of BLOOM Imprint, the boutique publishing arm of Slow Flowers.

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