Wednesday, April 27, 2016

tulip pistil, etc.

What I like looking at in this little arrangement are the two tulip pistils (sort of in the middle f the other green things).  I've had them in water for over two weeks since the tulip petals fell off and I'm still enjoying looking at their shape. Very sculptural (and sort of phallic, which is odd, since this is the female part of the flower).

Sunday, April 24, 2016

jigger of bluets

I carried over a dozen windowsill arrangements with me to an event in Gloucester, Va, yesterday, and I liked lots of them, but none did I like half as much as this little jigger of bluets that Marty Ross brought by to show me. I don't think she intended this to be an arrangement--she was just showing me the little flowers in hopes that I could identify them--but the thin, thin glass jigger that she carried them in made a perfect vase for the flowers, and they've lasted a really long time, because Marty pulled them up with a little clump of roots still attached. Marty let me bring the jigger of bluets home with me and I've been drunk on them ever since!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

lesser celandine in Libby's vase

Libby Johnson, whom I met in West Virginia last weekend, made this vase, which is really, really fun to use. Three little tubes of different heights in a saucer that holds water and allows the water up into the tubes. Pretty nifty. I've filled it with a weed from my yard--lesser celandine, I think.

Monday, April 18, 2016

well-traveled arrangement

I may not be the prettiest arrangement on the East Coast, but I may be the best traveled. I was created in Ashland, Virginia, then traveled to a talk on Windowsill Art in Norfolk, then traveled back to Ashland, then traveled to Lewisburg, West Virginia for another talk. It's now almost ten days since my chartreuse euphorbia flowers were cut, and they're still looking perky. I'm mighty glad to be back home on my Ashland windowsill.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

pansies with lilac

I'm almost sure this arrangement, made from leftovers that won't be traveling to Norfolk, is "informed" by a watercolor class I took a couple of weekends ago. Learned so much!

colorful mahonia leaf with tulip

I'm packing up for a Windowsill Art talk in Norfolk tomorrow and the dining room table is full of windowsill arrangements. This is one that probably won't travel well, so I decided to photograph it. Love the color of mahonia leaves at this time of year! One, in Buckhingham, is so red I keep thinking it's a cardinal in the bushes when I spot it across the yard. This one, though, is sort of yellow-green. If this arrangement makes it to Norfolk without falling apart, I'll tease the tulip open farther.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

silver maple helicopters

Found these helicopters on the ground under my neighbor's silver maple. So gorgeous and so big! Gathered them up into a bouquet-like bunch and dropped them into a vase already on the windowsill.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

white money plant

Very little damage from frost last night. Certainly didn't affect the white money plant, some of which I picked and brought in this morning.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

cover it up or bring it in!

This is cover-it-up or bring-it-in weather! Nice and sunny, but really windy and cold outside. I've left covers on my tender veggies, brought seedlings inside (even for the day), and moved geraniums from the back porch to a sunny indoor table. In the process, this geranium bloom broke off. It's from a plant I grew from a cutting last fall and carried through the winter--a plant that, after months of pampering, I'm determined not to lose to frost.