Flower of the Week – Jug o’ Mums

Nothing says autumn like the sight of the ubiquitous potted mum.

Except maybe the sound of raking leaves. And the accompanying sound of someone screaming at the top of their lungs as they realize the leaves they’ve been shoving into bags with their bare hands are filled with spiders. Possibly deadly, jumping, flesh eating spiders. Probably not, but possibly.

That is also a sure sign of fall.

So when it came time to do some flowers for my Thanksgiving table, I sent my boyfriend out with these instructions. Get some mums, and get them in fall colours. Because nothing says autumn like mums.

I swear to you I really entrusted this task to him.  I sent my boyfriend out the door to buy flowers that I would need to approve of.  Thinking back on it I must have been drunk.

I’ll bet you think you know how this story is going to end, don’t you?  With him returning home with an armful of red roses.  Or those awful flowers that are died a horrendous shade of electric blue.  Or a pet rabbit.

Well, back he came an hour later with 3 bunches of mums.  One in yellow, one orange and one a deep red.  They were perfect.  Female Viagra perfect.  If men only knew.  But I digress.

I wanted a simple arrangement fit for a rustic table setting.  Nothing fancy and frou frou.  Nothing particularly contemporary or sleek.

So I paired the mums with a couple of jugs I was going  set on the table with water.

The truth is, if I had put jugs of water on the table people would have ignored them and continued to drink their cans of Diet Coke or bottles of beer anyway.

The point of all this blabbing is that you don’t need to make a big deal over arranging flowers.  Just cut the stems and stick them in something.  They’re flowers.  Chances are they’re gonna look good.


If he only knew what would happen if he’d also learn how to properly make the bed.


  1. Kate says:


    There would be hospital corners on beds across North America if men only knew!

  2. liz a. says:

    well, mine could never bring home flowers, he wouldn’t have a clue! i won’t go into the story of the time he poisoned 100 tulip bulbs he had seen me plant several weeks earlier, suffice to say i let him live! but he can and does vacuum! i find my happinesses where i can! 🙂

  3. liz a. says:

    oops…i just saw my previous comment. i apologize for the all the exclamation points. i still get kinda crazy when i start on the “tulip bulb story”. i shall continue to work on those! 🙂

  4. They’re beautiful!! I’m jealous! We only have those tiny itty bitty mums here!
    Do you think that you could come give me an injection of your style as well?? It’s so perfect! *sigh*

  5. Lori says:

    Men – well, just men. Enough said. And yes, the flowers look adorable even if you put them in a tin can which you did not. I LOVE flowers in pitchers – natural and cheerful, as they should be.

  6. maggie says:

    Hey Peeps- I saw these flowers on Karen’s table for real. They looked bee-utiful. Simple flowers in elegant vessels. Great job Karen’s boyfriend! Maggie

  7. marilyn says:

    karen he should talk to john. he HELPS me make the bed.nudge nudge wink wink…

  8. Theresa says:

    A gamble worth taking – He did good.Theres hope for the future.
    simple and lovely – your right about the flowers ( of course)

  9. marilyn says:

    oh and i want, no need, a silver jug.

  10. DzynByJules says:

    Just beautiful! Kudos to your boyfriend! And to you, it’s a talent not getting your reflection in those shiny surfaces! Peek-a-boo!!!

    • Mary says:

      Jules please repost your no sew roman shades instrutions on rate my space or email them to me please. Can’ find them anywhere.

  11. mothership says:

    Or do the dishes……

    • Karen says:

      No, I must say he does the dishes after dinner every night. And he actually *does* make the bed on occasion. Just not to um … my rather rigid specifications. 🙂 ~ karen

  12. Amy says:

    I admired those in the pictures of your Thanksgiving table! Thanks for the close up. It’s rather inspiring. I re-found an old silver pitcher in an upper cupboard, and wondered what to do with it… got any tips on polishing it?

    • Pam'a says:

      You can try the dipping stuff or the wipe-on liquid, but if there’s detail or lots of tarnish, I’m partial to Wenol. It’s German polish that comes in a tube, and it works on all sorts of metal. What really sold me on it is that it keeps tarnish away for a while. And if you’re going to go to the trouble of polishing up your silver, that’s a major plus.

  13. I’m pretty sure my husband would have brought home the electric blue dyed flowers…
    Your Jug O’ Mums is very pretty. Isn’t it nice how just a simple arrangement can have such an impact?

  14. Jill@BarrioAdjacent says:

    When I was in college, I’d dumpster dive behind the florist for their throw-aways. There would always be salvageable bunches of flowers with one or two gone bad and the rest just fine. However these days my S.O. is completely flower dysfunctional.
    But he does insist I make the bed perfectly.
    Hey, what’s wrong with this picture?

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