Behind the Scenes – Vegetable Flower Arrangement

Confused?  Every once in a while I’m going to include bits of the behind the scenes of my post if something funny, or interesting or otherwise entertaining happens.  It won’t be a full on post, just a little something or other.

Today for instance.  I did my vegetable flower arrangement out on my front porch so if I needed anything more to fill it in, I could just walk onto the front lawn and clip a vegetable.  A hunk of swiss chard here, a peck of parsley there.

As I came back to my arrangement on the front porch with a handful of beet greens, something followed me.  And that something stayed with me for the next 5 minutes or so.



Behind The Scenes 1


Can you see it?  Here … a bit of a closer (albeit) fuzzy look.


Behind The Scenes 2


A butterfly.  A Black Swallowtail.  Floating around my vegetable flower arrangement, weaving in and out, hopping over my fingers as I shoved the beet greens in.  Of course I didn’t have a camera with me ’cause I was arranging vegetables.  So I ran inside, grabbed the nearest camera, which was my iPhone, and came back outside.  The butterfly was still happily walking all over the parsley and making its way towards the Anise flower when I got the picture.

And then it flew away.

The end.

Wait.  Not quite the end … when I brought the flower arrangement inside to photograph (because it was starting to get wilty outside) I got another buggy surprise.  An earwig came running at me from a Swiss Chard leaf.  BLEH.

Yep.  Story of my life.  For every butterfly there’s a beast.



  1. Christie says:

    What a brilliant behind the scenes this was! Oh, and I love the original post, as well. I’m like, “HEY! I’ve got beet greens! And chard! And fennel flowers!!! I NEED A BOUQUET, too!”

    • Karen says:

      Christie – And it lasts forever! Just make sure to change the water. The water starts to STINK after about day 3. ~ karen!

  2. Barbie says:

    Love the arrangement! I love also that you have inserted the stuff that happens when putting together a post….It’s like a post within a post!

  3. karenagain says:

    What a great picture. It looks like the pic I took of the raven stealing my Saskatoon berries.

    Earwigs are the worst. I do not want an earwig to sneak into my ear while I’m sleeping and eat my brain like a creepy little zombie. And no centipedes. And no grasshoppers. And no lyme ticks (or whatever deer ticks) disease carriers. And no bees ’cause I’m probably allergic. No horse flies because they have bit me enough this year and made me bleed. No more mosquitos. I’m a bit worried about the millions of white butterflies. Next year we will have a kazillion nasty catterpillers?

  4. Winegirl says:

    I had to net my tomatoes and today found a Monarch stuck under one of the nets. Wish I’d had my camera or even cell phone… but getting it loose was a priority. I do a lot of herbal arrangements too. Fun stuff!

  5. Dawna Jones says:

    When I saw the title of the post I thought good god she’s grasping lol! But the end result is actually surprisingly good and if you need a snack you can just grab something from the vase,BRILLIANT!

  6. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    What fun..I love to get up close to butterflies that’s why I have two butterfly bushes..they are not invasive here..

  7. Erica says:

    What a beautiful, yet eerie photo (did I spell that right haha?).

    I never heard of using vegetables in arrangements til two nights ago while reading a book by Nora Roberts. But you’re both right, why should veggies just be for the gardens? My favorite plants ever are pumpkins and their vines. I had mine trailing in excess right over the top of my fence and into the front yard and it was a beautiful “waterfall” of green leaves and yellow flowers. Breath taking.

  8. JF says:

    I love this behind-the-scenes look, Karen.

    Please, sir (or actually madam), I’d like summore!

  9. Mary Werner says:

    Parsley is a host plant for butterflies to lay their eggs, turn into caterpillars which hatch then eat the host before making their quick change bag and emerging as the flying bits of happiness we love. I plant host plants (fennel they just can’t resist and parsley) just to give them that hosty home. You probably already know this, sorry.

    • Karen says:

      I do. But thanks. :) Have you read my How to Raise a Monarch Butterfly Series? ~ karen

      • Mary Werner says:

        WOW is all I can say! I viewed all 5 and that was a lot of work on your part. I’m so glad you shared the link with me. You really are the champion blogger of all time! What don’t you do?

  10. Alice says:

    Check your arrangement for butterfly eggs!

  11. Cindy Marlow says:

    Oops…I forgot the ‘e’ on strainge. Must be a Canadian thing.

  12. Cindy Marlow says:

    I wish we could include pictures when we replied to your posts. Maybe you could have us send in photos of our encounters with insects/moths/butterflies etc. I have a kick@$$ one of hatching preying mantids. Love the black swallowtail. With it being in soft focus (notice how I didn’t say ‘out of focus’) and the veggies in sharp relief, it looks rather ghostly. Maybe you had a straing (your spelling, not mine) encounter of a different kind…?

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