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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

clusiana tulips

Love these little wild tulips, and I think they have finally begun to naturalize in my yard. Combined them here with a fan of daylily foliage, which is almost as much a time marker as the forsythia in the background.  There's also a little frog on the vase, which is perfect for today--rainy, rainy!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

wild violets

Wild violets in a plastic pot. What could be simpler? Dug these up, roots and all, today for a display I'll be using Tuesday. The pot holds both the common blue violets (Viola sororia) and the variety some southerners call the Confederate violet, which is blue and white but some folks must have seen as blue and grey (the color of Confederate uniforms).

Friday, April 10, 2015

bloodroot

Oh, my, what a terrible photo of a beautiful thing! Spent a couple of days in a cabin along the Bullpasture River in Highland County, Virginia, where all the early spring wildflowers were gorgeous. Trillium, bloodroot, spring beauty, hepatica, coltsfoot, Dutchman's breeches, etc. in bloom, as well as snakeroot, moose maple, etc. "coming on in promise."  The cabin was wonderfully spartan, the weather perfect, but I was sort of stymied for a moment when the little bottle I might have used to hold the bloodroot flower I had picked (with permission)  had a tiny stopper in it! I propped this bloodroot flower up beside it just long enough to photograph it.  Dye from the bloodroot stems is still staining my fingers. Wishing  I had 1) taken the time to take a better photo and 2) still had the sound of the Bullpasture singing in my ears.


Monday, April 6, 2015

more daffodils

More of the same daffodil, with more hellebore foliage. As you can see, spring has finally sprung, because the forsythia is blooming (in the background).


Thursday, April 2, 2015

two flowers, two minutes

The urgency--to plant, to weed--sets in. The urgency I feel in spring is the only thing I don't entirely like about this season. Somehow, I know that the cabbage seedlings I was pressing to plant today might have just as well been planted two weeks later. But TODAY I felt the necessity to plant them. And the process (minus covering them with Remay to protect them from the wind) was fun. Anyway: I gardened most of the day today and had little time for arranging. Here are two daffodils added to a vase full of green hellebore flowers that must have been a month old.




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

big arrangement

This shouldn't even qualify as a windowsill arrangement--it's too big--but I hadn't posted for a couple of days and had to prove I hadn't been sitting on my hands! Actually, I've even done half a dozen little things in the windowsill but have had no time to photograph or post them. This is something I did for an entirely different purpose, but it fit on the windowsill... so... here it is.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Mary Louise's windowsill

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.