Sunday, November 13, 2016

railroad arrangement

I walked across the tracks late yesterday afternoon to pick some honeysuckle before the frost got it. Then a long freight train came, and as I waited, I entertained myself by picking more wild things growing near the crossing. Here they are: wild asparagus, goldenrod, red maple, some maroon leaves I can't identify, ground cherries, and, of course, honeysuckle blossoms (far left).

Thursday, November 10, 2016

honeysuckle--two ways

Lots of Japanese honeysuckle blooming along my walk yesterday. I picked a little piece and first dropped it into a tiny glass bottle. Then, today, I moved it to a little orange pitcher. I think maybe I  like it best just in the glass bottle, but it's been fun to play with both ways.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

peppers in a packet

Mary Garner-Mitchell created this beautiful little package of peppers at Flower Camp last weekend. The peppers were leftover from an arrangement she'd done with branches of hot peppers and she couldn't seem to throw away the ones that had fallen off. They're wrapped in a catalpa leaf.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

lilac and marigolds--huh??!!

Lilacs blooming in October? With the marigolds? Weird. I guess I've seen a lilac throw a bloom or two in the fall but never have a shrub covered with blooms--like the one we now have in blooming in Buckingham. Talk about a strange combination of fragrances: marigold pungency + lilac sweetness = olfactory overload!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

marigolds instead of a nap

Just back from a really fun trip to D.C. for a nature journaling workshop, but when I got home I was tired with little time to recoup before needing to go out again. How to rejuvenate myself? Decided to do a windowsill arrangement and it worked perfectly. I feel centered again and can now dance on!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

hyacinth bean, globe amaranth, etc.

Somewhere between the colors in these two photos are the correct colors of these flowers: hyacinth bean, Tatarian aster, and globe amaranth. The color I like best in this conglomeration shows up pretty well in both photos. It's the reddish purple of the hardy begonia and kale leaves.

Monday, September 26, 2016

eggplant with hardy begonia

This sounds like a menu item not an arrangement! I picked the tiny eggplant from Jerry Shalf's garden, stuck a skewer into it, and added it to a vase with a curled up hardy begonia leaf that was already sitting on the windowsill.