Sunday, November 29, 2015


These Cryptomeria greens have been bouncing around between arrangements on the windowsill for weeks. Today they have some leftover rose hips sharing vases with them.

Friday, November 20, 2015

gourd with marigold topper

The pretty little stem of this gourd broke off leaving a wounded top, but I couldn't throw the gourd away. Instead, I decided to give it a little toupee. A toothpick connects the marigold flower to the gourd. And, as anyone who watches movies set in India knows, marigolds last a long time out of water!

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Birds of Blue on Green Hat Night"

Mary Guess sent me this absolutely adorable card (by Vicki Sawyer), and I had to use it for a windowsill arrangement prompt, because it makes me laugh every time I look at it. Wish I had some blue eggs to drop into the Chinese chestnut husks. Now they have sugar maple helicopters in them, and the brown, oblong things are redbud pods.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

me, my arrangement (of tiny marigold flowers and nandina foliage), and two overripe avocados

I actually took a nice glamour shot of this arrangement earlier, but I like this one better, because it's somehow more real. That's my reflection taking the picture in the window and those are overripe avocados on the right.  I should be making guacamole instead of taking these pictures!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Cyclamen, relocated

Because I needed to use their test-tube vase for something else, I moved my tiny hardy cyclamen blossoms into a different vase this morning. This little green vase is their usual home--or has been for the past few years, but this is the first year their companions have been: an arum leaf already occupying the vase and that Microbiota foliage that originally accompanied them in the test-tube vase.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mouse art

Cleaning Flower Camp today, this was one discovery--mice-ravaged toilet paper. Pretty in an annoying sort of way. Stuck some Rhododendron foliage into the center of the roll as garnish.

Friday, November 6, 2015

hardy fall cyclamen with Russian arborvitae

Doesn't feel like November in Virginia. It's about 72 degrees outside. But at least the hardy cyclamen is blooming predictably. It comes up and blooms without foliage (the foliage comes later), but I've combined it here with little sprigs of Microbiota (Russian arborvitae).

Monday, November 2, 2015

view from bed

View from my bed with sugar maples lighting the world this morning.

rain on screen

This is actually a photo from last week, when raindrops trapped in the window screen got lit from behind by early morning sunlight. So beautiful! In the arrangement (upstaged by the raindrops!) are castor been seed pods, celosia, and some impatiens cuttings.