Monday, February 5, 2018

long-lasting Berzilia

This (with the exception of the pear) is what's been sitting on my windowsill since January 6. The plant material in the terracotta vases is Berzilia, something leftover from an event that required florist flowers. I ordered one bunch of Berzilia just because I wanted to see what it looked like. This isn't the gray-flowering variety that's all over Pinterest and every bride in North America now seems to want. Its flowers (which look more berry-like than they do flower-like) are reddish to maroonish and its foliage (which resembles princess pine) is a great olive green. I'm crazy about it and would order it again in a heartbeat, but I may not need to; it seems to last forever!
P.S. The jar of pickled peppadews were a Christmas gift from Rosanne and Jerry Shalf--a blast of red that has also been an unflagging spirit-lifter this winter. I wouldn't dare eat them I'm enjoying looking at them so much!

Monday, November 6, 2017

You can barely see this because of all the "commotion"--ladder, fence, screen, etc.-- in the photo background, but this is one of the most satisfying arrangements I've done in a long time. The container is a triangular tube-ish thing with three holes in the top. I dropped some nasturtium flowers into it just to hold them until I found a different vase, but I loved the way they fell almost laterally across the top of the vase--still with their stems in water. What I like about his so much is how how clearly you can see the shapes and colors of the flowers. There's a tiny sprig of tomatillo foliage in this, too.

marigolds with feverfew

Rhonda Roebuck will recognize the greens in these tiny bottles. She was on a mission to pick some parsley, picked this feverfew foliage instead, and "disposed" of it by dropping it into these little bottles. I added the marigold blossoms this morning.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

red peppers on upside-down vases

I turned these two vases over to let their bottoms dry out (they don't leak, but they sort of weep) and left them on the windowsill where they attracted these two peppers.

Monday, August 21, 2017

little red morning glory

This is a wildflower/weed I love. It's the little red morning glory (Ipomoea coccinea). This long piece was twirled around a tall mullein stalk I pulled out of the garden this morning. Too pretty to throw away.

Monday, August 14, 2017

tupelo leaf and sugar maple seeds

This isn't on a windowsill, but it's my little arrangement for today. I was trying, in as few strokes as possible, to capture what was going on outside (sort of a visual haiku). On my napkin are three sets of winged sugar maple seeds and one brilliant red tupelo leaf. It sounded like a shooting range on my side porch this afternoon, because the falling sugar maple seeds were hitting the tin roof and the tin magnified the sound of their strikes like a drum! Crazy that something so small could make such a racket!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

blue hydrangeas

These hydrangeas were leftover from wedding flowers Kate and I did last weekend. Can't believe how much I like them on my kitchen windowsill! I thought they were going to be too fussy/floral to suit my house, but now I'm thinking I need more blue in my kitchen! The wood around the vase is a knothole Wendy Wadsworth gave me. The foliage (ridden with holes; it's August after all) is passion vine.