Running in the Family – Lalla’s Flowers

She was full of the “passions,” whether drunk or not. She had always loved flowers but in her last decade couldn’t be bothered to grow them. Still, whenever she arrived on a visit she would be carrying an armful of flowers and announce, “Darling, I’ve just been to church and I’ve stolen some flowers for you. These are Mrs. Abeysekare’s, the lilies are from Mrs. Ratnayake’s, the agapanthus is from Violet Meedeniya, and the rest are from your garden.”  – Ondaatje, Running in the Family

Michael’s grandmother, Lalla, brings energy, mischief, and flowers wherever she goes. In reading and reviewing the Flower Workshop, I thought of Lalla while browsing the wild, organic, and wonderful arrangements of Ariella Chezar‘s. I’ve included a photo and the recipe for one arrangement that I think Lalla would really enjoy.


“Dutch masters”
12 white miniature rose canes
5 green viburnum branches
5 purple parrot tulips
5 peach parrot tulips
5 orange parrot tulips
5 white peony tulips with red edging
5 purple fringed tulips
6 green picotee ranunculus with plum edges
6 orange-peach ranunculus
5 plum-toned chrysanthemums
10 checkered lilies
6 purple fritillaria persica
6 white fritillaria persica
6 fritillaria uva-vulpis
5 green hellebores

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