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
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
Monday, March 6, 2017
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
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
Thursday, February 23, 2017
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
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.
Here's the scarf.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
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.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
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!