Mission: Topiary

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.)

Oh, hello Mr. Piggy!                           thezoom.com

Oh, hello Mr. Piggy!                           thezoom.com

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.

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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. 

Counterclockwise from top images from Saipua, Gardenista, Blurppy, Emeraldpetals, Treesflowers, Westseattleblogspot, Terrain.

Counterclockwise from top images from Saipua, Gardenista, Blurppy, Emeraldpetals, Treesflowers, Westseattleblogspot, Terrain.

I'll share pictures of how it turns out!  Going for teacher's pet here.

So this is how it turned out!  I like them!!  The one on the left is made of Eryngium (Thistle) with wild raspberries and geranium leaves at the base.  With the one on the left, I thought it would be fun to play with darkness and light.

So this is how it turned out!  I like them!!  The one on the left is made of Eryngium (Thistle) with wild raspberries and geranium leaves at the base.  With the one on the left, I thought it would be fun to play with darkness and light.