This summer I enrolled in a floristry class at SF City college along with my farmer friend Lennie. I'm all for learning old-school tricks of the trade, but when our teacher said that this week's assignment was to make a topiary, my first thought was BARF. Topiary...Country Club...80's Lollipop poofs of calla lilies...floating candles...Don't tell mom the babysitter'd Dead (I wanted to be Christina Applegate so hard.)
According to my research (Wikipedia), the Topiary was introduced during Roman times. They later came into fashion in 16th century Europe, and of course during the late 1700's when Louis the XVI and Marie Antoinette were going HAM at Versailles.
So what I'm thinking for the two topiaries (one has to be a long stick with a poof, the other an "O" shape) is something a little sinister looking. I saw some beautifully veiny sea holly at the market yesterday - I'd love to make that work for the stick/poof topiary. And then for the ring one, I'm either going to try some dead looking branches and roots or some wispy, feathery Eucalyptus. I acquired a little rodent skull recently - he's going in there.
I'll share pictures of how it turns out! Going for teacher's pet here.