I'm known as The Flower Lady at "my" nursing home. On any given day, I have about 25 "everlasting" silk flower arrangements around the facility, mostly in residents' rooms. Every week, I make (or wash and remake) another five or six arrangements and then switch them out, so that each resident on my list gets a new arrangement on my weekly visit. It's almost like getting fresh flowers -- only better, because they look look as good on Day Seven as they did on Day One.
It's a great icebreaker, even with the men, and can lead to some wonderful friendships as well as encouraging conversations about everlasting life.
I have a $3 container budget, getting most of them at Goodwill or Salvation Army stores. The one in this picture, displayed by a late great friend of mine, was a Christmas gift from a client in Florida; it contained mouth-watering Honeybell oranges.
After 13 years, I have a pretty amazing collection of vases and other containers, and thousands of silk flowers (almost all purchased on sale). Fortunately, my creative husband Dave transformed my side of our garage into a virtual silk-flower shop, designing and building a shelving and container system to house it all.