I was the lucky guest of Mary Louise Hagler, in Augusta, Georgia, this week, and, when I arrived, this was an arrangement on her windowsill. So, so sweet (and in a hand-me-down container that had belonged to her mother-in-law). Not a bad way to be memorialized---with flowers in a vase that once belonged to you. The arrangement is beautiful, but it was the shadows (real and metaphorical) that thrilled me about this.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Pulled two perfect clumps of speedwell and hairy bittercress (both weeds) out of the garden yesterday, but they were too fat and happy to throw away. Brought them inside and "planted" them in this little dish, which had an arum leaf already in it. Then decided to elevate the whole thing on a black pin cup. Why? Not sure. It just looks more interesting, and more contemporary, to me.
Monday, March 23, 2015
This vase is supposed to be used horizontally, but today I decided to use it sort of like a shadow box. The daffodils, aucuba foliage, and spent iris stem are in a small pin cup (which holds water). Love the colors of all this, and the fact that it includes fresh and dead things. Reminds me of some painter's palette & subject matter--Goya?
Friday, March 20, 2015
Months ago, Mary Garner-Mitchell found this rusty stove burner in an old trash heap at Flower Camp, and I couldn't throw it away. Today it bubbled back up into my life, and I propped it up in the windowsill where it drew this little bunch of daffodils to it. Under the container holding the daffodils (an square pin cup) is another piece of rusted metal Mary discovered.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I decided to re-arrange yesterday's daffodils in a different vase, and when I went to photograph the result it required a different windowsill, and in that different windowsill, in different light, I was fighting my own shadow, but then I decided to keep moving my head until I liked where its shadow landed around the daffodils! Real photographers must do this all the time, but this was a revelation for me.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Here they are, at last, the February Gold daffodils blooming in mid-March. I gathered this bunch up in my hand this afternoon and then nestled them into an arum leaf, like a bouquet. Didn't want to separate the bunch or just drop them into an ordinary vase, so I put them in this little, low, ceramic "tray" instead. The daffodil stems are in water. The curving arum leaf stem is not.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
I'm sure this was inspired by some dramatic, gigantic, contemporary arrangement I saw at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and I love it that this is tiny and includes only three crocus blossoms and three pieces of a winter-weary hellebore leaf. All my spent hellebore leaves need to be cut off, I'm sure, but I enjoyed using three parts of this one in an arrangement. The leaflet (actually one section of a single palmate leaf) at the bottom of the arrangement is rolled over onto itself the way asphidistra leaves are sometimes rolled and looped like ribbon in larger arrangements. Old hellebore leaves may look awful in the garden right now, but they actually have deep, rich, "weathered" color that looks beautiful in a situation like this. And, I love this small, sort of metallic container from The Arranger's Market. It has one hole in its side (near the top) that grabs flower stems in an interesting way.