After a day and a half of being sick with the flu, I will say that I am glad to be able to get out of bed and be up and running with everyone else around here! And now I get to share the bouquet I made last week with you all!
It was one of those lovely drippy mornings, when the sun refuses to shine, and the birds are singing their happy rain songs, when I felt a great longing to burst all my lady-like sensibility. I ran out the front door, caught up a pair of garden sheers, and stepping daintily over the rich, wet garden ground, I began searching out the perfect ingredients for my bouquet. Sometimes a girl just needs a good rain shower, and other times she needs to direct her creativity… this time proved I needed both. Ah. It felt so good to let myself go.
In a way it was like I was on a treasure hunt, looking for the lost jewels of our estate. Where had all our flowers gone? I said to myself, “Did I miss my opportunity?” No. I needed to look at things in a different light. The clouds were just covering up the blooms’ bright beauty with their endless shadows. “Ah! There they are! And here is another!” Slowly it began to take it’s shape.
At first glance, the flowers I put in here didn’t look to me like they would do much for an arrangement, but its how one looks at picture that matters, not how the picture looks at us. In the same manner we can create lovely things out of old junk. And so making this bouquet was making something lovely out of old junk. I had been staring at these flowers all summer long, and didn’t even consider them! But one could never say that after they saw the final product? No! Its grinning right at you saying, “Am I not gorgeous?”
Now a little bit on the flowers themselves: First the cockscomb. I have been growing this rich flower since the middle of summer, and so I have been waiting to use it. Gladly did I drop their rhubarb stems down into the vase! Next came the white snake root. This normally gets looked over as a weed, and we have killed it as such in past years. Not this year! So I tried it out. Perfect! The amaranth remained synonymous until I found out from Nellie’s funny look that it too was a “weed”. I was glad to use it though, because it did end up turning a pretty burgundy color as it aged.
|If only we had taken the shots a day later! The morning glories bloomed all over the vase!|
The Sedum is a flower with quirks of its own, so I didn’t really know how to use it until I worked with it at Nellie’s. Instant conversion – its a great filler and gives structural support! The petunias kept staring at me while I was making the bouquet, so I had to put them in. They added the right harmony with the wild morning glory. Speaking of morning glory, it is all over our fence right now, and I love how it twines itself so elegantly around the pickets. So I carefully tucked in the stems, and guided the vine around and around the vase.
Lastly. The clary sage. This was a funny little elevator of a flower, and we only had one head present in the garden. It did stick up all by its lonesome self, but I felt like it needed to be there to incorporate the purple in the rest of the bouquet. Please don’t make that same mistake! I ended up ditching the sage after a day or two as the flowers were dropping off quite rapidly, and in the end, it didn’t help the arrangement much. If I were to redo one thing, it would be the sage. Add a few heads, maybe three or five (Odd numbers work best. ALWAYS!).
|I adore how this photo turned out with the puddle ripples. But you don’t know how manny shots it took to get the right one! Good job Lottie!|
May you find many joys in the fruit of the earth, and may the Lord bless your creative minds!