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.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Japanese lanterns

It's been so long since I've posted a windowsill arrangement, I've almost forgotten how! Too busy "putting up" vegetables and drying things like this: Japanese lanterns. I love this simple little "arrangement" of a single, short Japanese lantern stem, but the reality of  my life right now is better depicted in the second photo: a house full of long Japanese lantern stems waiting to be stripped of leaves and hung all over the house to dry. They are hanging from chair backs and floor lamps and doorknobs! All beautiful but a little overwhelming.



Sunday, June 4, 2017

elephant garlic

Impossible to photograph this,because it's so three-dimensional (and the window mullions distract so). To show up properly in a photo, this arrangement needs an ininterrupted black background.  Still, I couldn't resist posting it, because it's so interesting in real life.  The flowers are elephant garlic blossoms on twisted scapes in a vase surrounded by another wood knot Wendy Wadsworth gave me.

beargrass and blue tansy

Ok, this is wacky, but I love it because of the "ingredients." First came the beargrass. Kate and I ordered it for a big event in Richmond, but it came in "bad." Beargrass never comes in "bad" (it's nearly indestructible), but this batch really was half dead and smelly when it arrived. So it wound up in my brush pile. However: when I encountered it there days later, it looked pretty good! Must have benefited from the fresh air. So I gathered up a bunch of it, twisted it into a loop and combined it with the next pretty thing I encountered on my way to the house--blue tansy or Phacelia tanicitifolia. This cover crop (which was growing in my vegetable garden) is absolutely gorgeous, and, miraculously, also makes a great cut flower. Learned about it from Betsy Trice, who gave me some seeds. It's an early, cool season plant (today I was pulling it out and gathering seed), but, boy, what a discovery (via Betsy) it is!


red poppies

So: a week or so ago, Kate and I did flowers for a large event in Richmond (48 table arrangements plus other stuff). My garden was full of annual poppies at the time, and although we knew it was dangerous to include any of them, we included a few. I doubt many of them held up (despite the fact that we did all the right things to condition them), but guess what did hold up? The leftover poppies I just dropped into water without any conditioning! Go figure. They lasted several days on the windowsill--here combined with other leftover red flowers The little piece of wood is a gorgeous knot Wendy Wadsworth gave me.


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.