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Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses from Your Garden

Articles: Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses from Your Garden

In the most personal of her several books, Val Easton leads us gently through the seasons as she demonstrates the ease with which she brings her garden indoors to decorate her home. Written at the urging of friends who admired the simple bouquets and arrangements with which Val accents table, buffet, wall niche, or bedside, Petal & Twig is a book for anyone who wishes to bring cut material indoors—from even the smallest of gardens.

There is no paucity of books on the varied approaches to flower arranging; some, such as Linda Beutler's From Garden to Vase, go beyond the aesthetics of putting flowers, foliage, and stems together to provide all the information we need to make them last as long as possible in an arrangement. Val worries less about the longevity of cut flowers; by their nature, she argues, cut flowers are short-lived. The goal is to use them effectively and effortlessly.

And this she does throughout the year. Val organizes Petal & Twig like a diary, beginning in spring with modest arrangements of narcissus, hellebores, and bleeding heart. Continuing through the year, she emphasizes the importance of observation: learning how plants grow and using the cut m...

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