Thursday, June 21, 2018

white anemones

Now I know why brides love these white anemones with black centers so much: I can't take my eyes off of them. And they seem to be looking back at me! These are leftover from wedding flowers Kate and I did last weekend. I was worried about how staunch they would be, but one of these vases ran out of water and the anemone didn't wilt even then. Thank you Roy Houff for getting them to us in such good shape!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

orange ranunculus

Yes, John is painting the house again (hence, all the scaffolding and ladders out the window). Loved this little leftover orange ranunculus with piece of cardboard included in a recent Chinese takeout food order. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

demitasse cup with Pieris japonica

This pretty little cup was a recent gift from a friend who is downsizing. I'm downsizing, too, but I couldn't refuse these! So sweet. And one little twig of Pieris japonica (Andromeda) looks so comfortable perched inside. 

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.