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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

breakfast leftovers

This container is a Cracker Barrel syrup bottle that Mary Garner Mitchell cleaned up and decorated (with nametags) for an arranging workshop this past weekend. I put flowers in it for the workshop, but this morning it was sitting around the kitchen empty when this rib of a Swiss chard leaf became available (I ate the rest of the leaf for breakfast). The colors of even just this remnant of a leaf are gorgeous. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

apple for the teacher

Dear Mrs. Gaunce (best 6th grade teacher ever),
     If you were still alive I would give you this apple. Since you're not, I'm going to eat it, but it was fun thinking about you and looking at the apple from the Shenandoah Valley on the windowsill. Just the fact that it still has its leaves attached makes it seem fresh and beautiful.
     Your appreciative student,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

white petunias--pulled up by accident

This little arrangement has an interesting history. I was picking flowers today (dozens of buckets of them) for an upcoming workshop, and I was trying to weed as I cut. Not a good idea, in general. I was pulling some spent celosia out from among snapdragon plants, when I inadvertently also pulled up a self-seeded petunia plant that I'd been enjoying all summer. My groan was deep. There was no use replanting it; I didn't have time to water it in and it probably wouldn't have succeeded anyway. But I was happy to have a way to celebrate its life in this windowsill arrangement.

I had to prop a black tray up in the windowsill to make the white petunia show up.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

goldenrod and pink asters

This little concoction is dedicated to Brenda Gilman and her daughter, Buffy, who, when she was married, had pink and yellow flowers in her bridesmaids'  bouquets. At the time, I thought (because I was helping with the bouquets),"Really? Pink and yellow?" But Brenda was so far ahead of me in terms of understanding color it wasn't funny,and the bouquets were gorgeous. Many, many years later, here I am again playing with yellow and pink. These asters are pinker than they look in this photo, and their centers are bright yellow/orange, and they look GREAT with goldenrod (which happened to be growing right next to them in the garden). There's also one little stem of an annual bee balm in this, and it's sort of lavender-blue.

Monday, September 15, 2014

false dragonhead

This is a stem of false dragonhead (Physostegia) that was almost lying on the ground in the garden. It had fallen over then started stretching upward toward the sun again, resulting in a really curved stem. This was the best way I could find to display what I liked best about it--that curved stem--but I don't think it's particularly successful.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

view from the sink

I don't know why this particular view of the windowsill made me so happy. I think it's the way the goldenrod seems to be growing out of the sink! (It's actually in a water glass in the sink, where I dropped it until I decided what to do with it.)  I also sort of like the bottle with just a stick in it. The stick had bee supporting something that wilted--a leaf maybe--and now it's just a stark linear thing, but I like the way it looks with the gourd stalk.

Friday, September 12, 2014

plaited grass

You know how, when you used to take your hair down after it had been in braids, it maintained the kinks put in your hair by the plaiting? When these grass flowers were still tight and spear-shaped, they looked like braids and now that the "strands" are loose, they're still holding that kinked look. Gorgeous. The only way I could find to make them show up on the windowsill was to put a black tray behind them.