Monday, June 20, 2016

dahlias, hydrangea, salvia, comfrey

Don't know which I'm enjoying more--the air coming in the window or the flowers blooming in the garden right now. This jar of dahlias, oak-leaved hydrangea flowers, blue salvia, and comfrey is headed to a friend later today, but, for now, I'm enjoying it myself.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


This is one of those cases in which the leftovers were better than the original meal.  I picked some dahlias to give away in a little jelly jar (second photo), but I had one leftover stem that remained in a green vase on the windowsill, where, as luck would have it, there was also a curved garlic stem waiting to be used somehow. They wound up in proximity to each other, and I liked their collision of forms better than the "real" arrangement.

Monday, May 30, 2016

butterfly weed and ant trap

You know it's summer when there's an ant trap sitting on the windowsill with your butterfly weed! Believe it or not, the photo is lying about one thing, though. This is a yellow-flowering butterfly weed, not an orange one. See second photo for its real color. Crazy how much the camera/light in the first photo changed the color.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

little red poppies in test tube vase

I think this vase was made to hold these delicate little poppies. They bloom along roadsides (and esp. railroad embankments), but I've also got some growing here and there in the garden, where I've scattered their seeds. So tiny, so cheerful, so poppy!

Sunday, May 22, 2016


I need to redo this, because the flower that really interests me here is the crossvine (orange tubular flower), and it got upstaged by a yellow nasturtium in this arrangement! I'm loving the crossvine on a trellis outside (second photo) but there's absolutely nowhere on the vine where I could pick more than a floret without damaging the vine, hence the one floret with no stem. (There are also some comfrey and forget-me-not flowers in this).
P.S. Crossvine looks a lot like trumpet vine, but it blooms earlier and is a more subtle color. Both are native.

P.S. Crossvine looks a lot like trumpet vine, but it blooms earlier and is a more subtle color.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

edible stuff (calendulas, mustard, parsley), with stick

Pulled these flowers and greens off plates where I'd used them for garnish today, then added a little snippet of Harry Lauder's Walking Stick that I'd picked up from the floor when cleaning up after last weekend's workshop. Love having the warm-colored calendulas at this time of year. I'm growing them in the vegetable garden, where they look so very cheery.

Friday, May 13, 2016

shoe decoration

I was pulling this leaf off my shoe (it had stuck to the shoe as I walked across the yard in the rain) when I realized what a sweet leaf it was. And how pretty it was against the dark background of my shoe. Decided to make it (shoe and all) today's windowsill arrangement.