2 Kevin started with this large, antique metal urn. He placed another container inside it, and then used chicken wire to support the stems.
3 The chicken wire was shaped into a tube, so it fit into the smaller vase. It was used to support the stems where Kevin wanted them.
4 Hydrangea blooms display an old-fashioned charm that's hard to ignore. I loved the creamy white color. I grew these hydrangeas next to my greenhouse at Skylands.
5 Kevin placed the big hydrangea stems on the outside perimeter of the vessel first.
6 We covered the faux bois table with sheets to protect it from scratches, but it is a very strong structure. The table top and the four bench tops are made of wood-grained cement. The table top alone weighs 1200 pounds! Read about my faux bois furniture collection on my web site. http://www.marthastewart.com/275721/marthas-faux-bois-furniture
7 From above, it's easier to see where Kevin placed the hydrangea stems as he started this arrangement.
8 Once the outer, most visible stems were in position, Kevin began filling in the rest of the space. He always makes such beautiful flower arrangements.
9 Sometimes, the prettiest arrangements are the most simple. Here, I filled several small, white vases with white phlox. Phlox is a perennial, and among the most popular choices of wildflower - most likely because it's so easy to maintain.
10 Here was Kevin in my flower room, creating a delphinium arrangement for a garden conservancy tour I hosted at Skylands. Deliphiniums are stately, elegant perennials with glossy foliage and huge spikes of showy flowers.
11 Look how beautiful - the delphinium and bracken ferns were just the perfect addition for this table on the west terrace.
12 Baby tears, Soleirolia soleirolii, is a mosslike creeping plant with threadlike stems and tiny kidney shaped apple-green leaves - it makes a very nice houseplant.
13 Baby tears drapes over the sides of the pot as it grows - so pretty by the window.
14 I purchased this pretty begonia from Surry Gardens, in Surry, Maine - a full service greenhouse and nursery that carries a wide assortment of trees, perennials, shrubs and plants. They always have such lovely specimens. I think this looks very nice in my faux bois pot. http://www.surrygardens.com
15 This photo is of a pretty 'lady's slipper', Cypripedium.
16 This arrangement combined pink lilies with Rodgersia leaves. The leaves of Rodgersia first emerge as bronzy-green on the plant, and then this mat-green in summer.
17 I grow many different kinds of lilies at Skylands and at my farm in Bedford. This year, the lilies have grown beautifully. I used them in many different arrangements this season.
18 We used dahlias on the dining room table - small, clear vases mixed together with glass votives.
19 A palette of pinks and oranges looked very pretty against the earth tones in my dining room. Dahlias are warm climate plants. I have many dahlia plants at Skylands, thanks to my gardener, Mike Harding, who takes excellent care of all my plantings in Maine. He plants the dahlias in spring and digs them up in the fall, so they can winter in the greenhouse until the next season.
20 If you look behind the flowers, I am sitting at the table next to my dear friend, Charlotte Beers. We are both looking down, I think checking emails on our smart phones - sometimes, technology is not a good thing.
21 Don't be afraid to experiment with the foliage you choose to mix with your flowers. Some of the best greens are right in your backyard. Kevin made this arrangement using lilies and light green hosta leaves.
23 These dramatic, spiky flowers generally bloom from midsummer to first-frost, when many other plants have wilted. They range in color from small two-inch pompons to large 10-inch dinner plate size.
24 With such a variety of colors, dahlias can brighten up any table.
25 These lilies in my living hall were arranged with hay-scented ferns, Dennstaedtia punctilobula, a species of fern native to eastern North America. And, they do smell like hay when bruised.
29 These cosmos were perfect for my guest house.
31 The arrangement looked so pretty above the mantel in the guest house - it was a perfect spot for them.
33 On this day, a spectacular show of lilies and ferns lined my dining room table.