I did think for a minute about starting this post by saying “OMG, these flowers are totally black and super duper perfect for Halloween”. Well, I want you to know that everything I write to you is truthful so I will start this post with that standard intact.
OMG!!! These flowers are (almost) totally black! You can head to the nursery or to the local florist or if you are lucky enough to live in SF, you can head to the SF Flower Mart to get your hands on black flowers. So sexy, so sinister, so stupendous!
Here is an arrangement that is in real life a very dark purple but has come out a bit bloody (I have already sent a shout out to Tim Cook about the color of close-up photos on the iPhone)-still appropriate for our much loved celebration of the macabre.
Okay, so you have a super elegant arrangement of black flowers. You have your Chocolate Cosmos, your black callas and dahlias, you have your black Scabiosa and your black lotus, perhaps even your black pansies. So how to make it OVER THE TOP!!!!?! Well, you are about to become privy to a secret that has been handed down carefully and with great care through the ages. This is Knights Templar stuff!. Just before you invite your guests to the dinner table, be sure you have a plastic bowl of chunky pieces of dry ice (I recommend about 5 lbs) NOTE: Do not store dry ice in refrigerator or freezer despite how commonsensical that may seem. Carefully take a piece of dry ice the size of those almost good Costco brownie bites and delight in the wild bubbles and thick sexy smoke that billows and falls and spreads on your table. SO GOOD!!!
Super fun for kids too but do be mindful of the ice. It can burn sensitive and or young skin so I recommend using a spoon to mindfully place the ice in the water. This is a super fun idea! I may just do it tonight, though on Halloween I tend to hang out in my cozy Noe Valley neighborhood and give full sized, yes FULL SIZED candy bars to the kids. None of this mini bites bull-#&*^.
I so hope that you will all share photos of your creations. Even if you are not able to get to the florist, you can head to Michael’s and get some super cheap artificial flowers and spray paint them black!
However, if you are going for real flowers, which I hope you are, here are some of my favorite varieties of gorgeous black flowers.
Spidery Black Dahlia. (That is not what they call it but when you ask, they will know.)
Remember fresh cuts and clean warm water!!! NOTE: I am all about NOTES in this post I guess. I keep a gallon or two of water with the top off or the lid off for 24 hours so that the chlorine et al has time to evaporate from the water. Not essential but a good idea. (You know, cause we all have so much free time these days)