Wednesday, April 19, 2017

beautiful blue and white things

Blue and white flowers, with some ferns and Lamiastrum foliage, in a white "conglomerate" vase. The vase is something Kate sells on The Arranger's Market, and I was filling it for an event we're attending tomorrow. Most anything looks good in this vase (or conglomeration of vases--they're fused to a tray at the base), but I think blue and white flowers particularly suit it.

Monday, April 3, 2017


I was so honored to find bluebells blooming in the yard today. Not where I had planted them, but elsewhere. I wouldn't have picked one but for the fact that I want to take it to Flower Camp where I can try to paint it later this week. I'm sure they're blooming there, too, but in the wild, where I wouldn't want to pick them.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

mahonia, poorly rendered

Oh, for heavens sake! When am I ever going to take the time to learn photography? I'm usually adept enough to flounder to a solution to the photo challenges I face, but today, tying to render this conglomeration of mahonia flower structures, I knew I was out of my league. Here's the best I could do to showcase the beautiful structures left behind after mahonia flowers have been zapped at least twice by frost.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

sprouted straw

I use straw on my garden paths, and this winter seeds in the straw sprouted. So now my paths  look like they need to be mowed! The clumps of fresh grass/straw are gorgeous, though, so I dug a few up and brought them into the house. Here's one.

Monday, March 6, 2017

three little brown bottles of periwinkle

For some reason, this arrangement reminded me of the Broadway tune "Three Little Maids from School Are We."  The three little bottles must be the three little maids! Anyway, Rhonda Baker gave me these little bottles, and I couldn't wait to use them. One of them still has its stopper and one has a label on it saying, among other things, "Peach-So Called." Truth in labeling, 19th century style!  The bottles seemed to call for something old-fashioned, like periwinkle.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

chalk vase with and without flowers

I was anxious this afternoon. Needed a walk and a brain cleanse, so I took a walk around the yard looking for things to drop into this little, black chalk vase. Lots of daffodils to choose from, but it was foliages that grabbed my attention. A variety of those is in the first photo. That's the arrangement that calmed me down. But, because they were blooming, I added lesser celandine flowers. The walk, and the arranging, worked wonders. Now for a glass of wine.

Monday, February 27, 2017

wee daffodils

Must be a childhood thing. The wee daffodils have always been my favorites.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

fancy Ornithagalum

This little flower was leftover from a much larger arrangement I did on February 12, so it's over 10 days old. Couldn't toss it though, because this little piece is still so pretty. The photo is out of focus because I was too tired to go get my tripod. Early gardening fatigue!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February peaches, artichoke, and weathered hellebore leaves

This arrangement evolved in response to the colors in a scarf I seldom wear but I've always loved. The rock-hard peaches and artichoke came from the grocery store, the maroon carnations from the florist, the weathered hellebore leaves and the green hellebore leaves from the garden. The most enjoyable part of making this was using the nearly-dead hellebore leaves, because I had them in my hand ready to throw them away when I realized they were the "weathered brown" I was looking for!

Here's the scarf.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

first daffodils

Drum roll.....the first daffodils are blooming! This is a very early variety called 'Rjenveld's Early Sensation.' I posted a photo of them blooming in the yard earlier. Today I decided to pick a few and bring them inside where I could enjoy them up close. The dark green foliage is camellia foliage I picked way before Christmas. It still looks good in another arrangement, and a stole a piece of it from that arrangement to use in this one.

winter aconite

I knew something was going to migrate into this vase if I left it on the windowsill long enough! Today I filled it with winter aconite, which has been blooming in the yard now for about a week. So cheery!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

oak leaf

I'm sure this little vase will draw something into it before the week is over, but, for now, I like it just sitting on this giant oak leaf I found along the Ashland Trolley Line this afternoon.

felt doll finds a habitat

This little felt doll, a gift from Rosanne Shalf, migrated to the windowsill last week. I think it's because she liked the colors!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

wedding bouquet

This is a bouquet my daughter made me as part of 50th wedding anniversary celebration last night. So pretty. And, oddly, it was full of colors I'd been enjoying on the cover of the spring McClure & Zimmerman catalog.  The flowers needed to get into water this morning, so I deconstructed the bouquet and displayed the flowers and catalog together on the windowsill. Crazy jazzy!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

geraniums in, icicles out

This was the view from bed this morning: geraniums blooming on the windowsill, snow and icicles outside.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Montreal windowsill

The weather outside was frightful, but the wine was so delightful... who cared if the poinsettia in the windowsill was dead!? Great Portuguese restaurant on St. Paul Street.