Bouquet for the Color-Shy: Grey, White, A Touch of Green

As much as I might love touches of swimming-pool blue or hot pink, my taste usually runs to grey & white. (Grey, white, wood: is this a Scandinavian thing?) Luckily, the world of flowers, in all its bounty, includes plenty of options for the color-shy...

Just like the Dreams of Maine and Love is Colorblind bouquets, this one is pretty petite, requiring only a few stems. A nicely crafted arrangement in a small vessel has just a lovely an impact as a large arrangement, I think, for a tiny fraction of the cost. (Now, don't hesitate to send me a big ol' bouquet...) The "vase" is actually just a little glass candle votive from Birch, the kind of thing we all seem to have on hand. A juice glass would also do nicely.


  • White flowers are a joy, elegant and innocent all at once, and there are so many options. Martha Stewart just did a feature on her favorite white flowers that made me want to get plantin'. I used sweet peas, one of my all-time favorites. Their shape is not too....flowery, which I like sometimes. Ranunculus would also work well, I think.

  • The leaves with the dainty beads are seeded eucaplyptus, which I favor for its subtle fresh scent, exuberant shape, and muted greyed-out green. It's not Green!, but still adds a bit of that green life to the mix.

  • And grey! I love having the grey option. These fuzzy leaves are Dusty Miller, a name that cracks me up everytime though I'm not sure why. It seems like a country singer name, perhaps... Anyway, they work so well with so many types of flowers, especially yellow, and help colors pop while keeping everything a bit mellow. And they're fuzzy!

Images: Tess Wilson

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