Rose of the Week – Cecile Brunner Part 2
The Celebration of Old Roses Part II

Rose of the Week – 'Chevy Chase' Part I

Hand-gathered bouquets and more


This week, I’m putting the vase before the shrub, because my garden's most recent incarnation of the rose ‘Chevy Chase’ is not yet ready to be photographed. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this unique rose, try to picture the shrub from the photos here, and see if your imagination comes close to the real thing. Part II will post a few days from now.

It’s Just a Posey


Originally, posies were fragrant hand-gatherings of flowers that women, and even men, carried to mask the unsavory scents of the old world. Today, they've inspired an indispensable method for arranging roses.

Flower arrangers gather one bloom after another into their hand, and enjoy the process of how good the flowers look together as the bouquet expands.


The posey stems, above, are wired to form a nice poof. The wiring creates a mobile bouquet that's fun to experiment with. I like to see how the bouquet looks in different, similarly sized, containers. Following are three distinct looks.


This is a modern look in a beautiful Klein Reid vase available at Florali.


The roses take on a traditional look in this metal urn.


Silver repousse lends an air of opulence to the blooms. All three treatments would look good as a dining table centerpiece.

Posey Bow


'Chevy Chase' has compact bloom clusters that gather easily into a small posey, perfect for gift wrapping.

Let It All Hang Out

The next two images give clues to how the shrub grows. However, I have some surprises for you next post, you'll see 'Chevy Chase' growing three different ways.


This is an acrylic vase by Martha Sturdy, also available at Florali. One cane of 'Chevy Chase' makes a dramatic statement, and holds its own in this large container.

Wildly Ambitious

That's me when it comes to arranging roses. Anything for a picture!


When I saw the open base on this 5-ft. tall tuteur, I noticed that a square glass vase would fit nicely inside. I thought, why not try placing long canes in the water and weaving them up through the wire. It worked beautifully and once again I marveled at how cut canes last very well in water.