Thursday, May 11, 2017

one mahonia leaf

The color of old mahonia leaves has been spectacular this spring. I harvested lots of them for recent arrangements (not an easy task, given how prickly they are), but these two leaflets got special treatment because they were so very red. I cut a slit in the top of the lemon before wedging them in. This "arrangement" is over a week old and hasn't changed a bit, A mahonia leaf might fade a bit over time, but it couldn't wilt if it tried.

tulip-tree flower--gift of a squirrel

It's always been clear to me, when these tulip-tree flowers land on the ground, that they have been snapped off by something, and I guessed it was squirrels but didn't know for sure until---ta da--last week when Estelle Porter told me she had actually observed it. I'd love to know why they do it, because where they snip the flowers off--usually about 1/2 inch down the stem--doesn't seem to make sense, food-wise. Maybe that's a good spot for sipping sap?  

Marion David gave me the sweet little vase (which she made).

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Crossvine (Bignonia)

LOVE this native vine. Flowers are sort of terra-cotta colored and hang in beautiful clusters. They look like trumpet vine, but aren't. This is crossvine, or Bignonia, which blooms in spring (as opposed to trumpet vine, a woodier vine, which blooms in summer). I've used crossvine flowers in half a dozen ways today--in big and small arrangements--but my favorite, naturally, is this windowsill-sized arrangement.  It's just one little leftover cluster of flowers in a small black vase (with a snippet of borage behind to help hold it up).  I love the way the flowers show up against the black vase.

radish thinnings

Thinning radish seedlings today, I wound up with these in my hand. Thought I'd put them on my sandwich for lunch, but they were so pretty, I put them in a tiny vase instead.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

beautiful blue and white things

Blue and white flowers, with some ferns and Lamiastrum foliage, in a white "conglomerate" vase. The vase is something Kate sells on The Arranger's Market, and I was filling it for an event we're attending tomorrow. Most anything looks good in this vase (or conglomeration of vases--they're fused to a tray at the base), but I think blue and white flowers particularly suit it.

Monday, April 3, 2017


I was so honored to find bluebells blooming in the yard today. Not where I had planted them, but elsewhere. I wouldn't have picked one but for the fact that I want to take it to Flower Camp where I can try to paint it later this week. I'm sure they're blooming there, too, but in the wild, where I wouldn't want to pick them.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

mahonia, poorly rendered

Oh, for heavens sake! When am I ever going to take the time to learn photography? I'm usually adept enough to flounder to a solution to the photo challenges I face, but today, tying to render this conglomeration of mahonia flower structures, I knew I was out of my league. Here's the best I could do to showcase the beautiful structures left behind after mahonia flowers have been zapped at least twice by frost.