With the possible exception of ordering out of season flowers for a wedding, flowers for Valentines (especially roses) are at their most expensive peak. Yet giving and receiving flowers creates a lovely romantic dance that we should all engage in – even if it is just with ourselves. I’ve pulled together five tips on gifting […]
What comes up this time of year in my garden are delicate blooms that invite further close examination. They require a similarly detailed yet delicate container, pictured here. This container is only about 4″ high and is perfect for these tiny bulbs -and moss to create a woodland scene. A closer look
Yes, it’s deep winter here. Rain and clouds every day. I’m in the process of writing an article for our local plant society journal on the topic of garden to vase. There’s a surprising amount of plant material available even if most of it is greenery. I have two takes on the almost the same […]
My daughter gifted me with an interesting horseshoe shaped vessel. I used it in my last post but now have the opportunity to try it out with some garden blooms – wintersweet, skimmia and hellebores all from the garden. I was surprised that a cosmopolitan city like Dakar (Senegal) did not really have flower shops […]
It’s our custom to go out and find what’s blooming in our yard for Christmas. This year is a bit sparse but the hellebores and even roses! remind me that spring will come. It always does. Happy holidays to you all.
Still a little blooming in the garden on this longest night. The vase, thought you can’t see it, has some lovely floral etching. Expecting a hard frost, so I’m not sure what will be left next week.
A surprise in the garden, a blooming Hellabore (the green flower foreground and white in back of it) also known as Christmas Rose since this plant might bloom in December. Which obviously it has for me. Wintersweet (black berries) and variegated euonymous round out the arrangement. Small vase, about 4″ tall, an estate sale find […]
Monday was St. Barbara’s day and although I am not religious, I track the world’ holidays for their symbolism, intent and beauty. A custom for St. Barbara’s is to bring in branches of flowering trees and shrubs and “force” them, or put them in a warm environment to trick them into blooming. Like forcing narcissus, […]