Fickle Spring! After a few truly glorious days of sunshine and warmth, things have taken a turn back towards winter. Complete with snow. My husband picked up some bunches of tulips to cheer me. I arranged them in this classical vintage Haeger Pottery vase.
Perhaps because my mother grew up making regular pilgrimages to the factory store with her mother as a girl and thus has some nice pieces of Haeger, I’ve always had a fondness for the brand. I’ve been working to assemble my own modest collection over the years. So I was saddened to learn that after 145 years in business, the Illinois-based company announced a few days ago that it is closing. What a shame.
aren’t found in a vase! Although I enjoy having flowers inside, I love to see them growing outside even more. I’m pretty tender-hearted and have a hard time cutting flowers from my yard to use indoors.
This summer, my husband and I are going to try something different with regards to growing flowers. Instead of growing even more vegetables in our community garden plot, this year we’re going to plant a cutting garden. We’ve already got a bunch of seeds. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. If the flowers are expressly grown to be harvested for bouquets and they aren’t part of my garden’s design, I’m hoping I’ll actually be able to cut some. 😊
Here are some more of the daffodils currently putting on a show in our garden:
My floral resolution has continued even though I haven’t posted pictures in a while. I’ve enjoyed having spring flowers in season lately- how wonderful to enjoy tulips and daffodils inside!
Making his blog debut in the 2nd picture is Hansel. My husband and I found Hansel and his sister, Gretel, exactly a year ago at a park/boat launch we’d stopped by to check out water conditions. The water was high and the dock hadn’t been put back in yet, too early in the season. As we were driving to the exit, my husband spotted two kittens sunning themselves near the outhouses. They were underweight and appeared to have been dumped there.
He slowed the car; I lowered my window and called softly to them. To my utter shock, they looked right at me and then started walking towards the car! I had rather assumed they would be feral and would immediately run away hissing. Since they didn’t, I tumbled out of the car while my husband groaned. The kittens came right to me, we cuddled, my husband said “No! What are you doing?”—and then a hawk flew low overhead and the kittens huddled closer to me, never taking their eyes off the hawk (for real! It was like something out of a fairytale. Couldn’t help but wonder if a larger litter had initially been dumped and they were the last survivors?) and BOOM, decision made: we had 2 new kittens! My husband is a sweet, kind, and patient man who quickly came to love our new kittens. Gretel sleeps right by his head every night.
I’m glad we all took a chance on each other. Hansel & Gretel are sweet, charming, silly, bold, playful, friendly and just plain delightful — plus they get along great with all of our dogs. WIN!!!
For this week’s bouquet, my husband picked up 3 bunches of Alstroemeria flowers for me. Also known as Peruvian Lillies, these inexpensive, long-lasting blooms are easy to find and come in a variety of colors. I love their easy-going charm. At first I considered distributing them, a stem or two each, into a bunch of different bottles, but then I got taken with the idea of massing them together in an ombré fashion. The size of the gesture appealed to me. The bouquet turned out looking more like stripes than ombré, but I still dig it.
The vase was a vintage freebie from my in-laws when they were weeding their basement. The groovy harvest gold takes me way back- and works well with the colors in our living room!
Friday was a challenging one at work. Without even knowing about it, my husband surprised me with a dozen roses when he arrived home from his job. Day? Instantly better.
I popped these into a mid-century pitcher I’ve had for a few years. (It’s the ‘Heavenly Days’ pattern, produced in the 1950’s by Vernon’s or Vernon Kilns, out of California. A lucky thrift store score!)
Whose day might some flowers make in your life? Because, while they’re a lovely gesture on an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, it’s hard to top the sweetness of receiving flowers for no reason. 😊
I picked up a bunch of pink carnations for a new bouquet. Some of the green bits from my earlier bouquets still looked good, so I incorporated them into this arrangement. Inspired by the poufiness of the green stuff and the round shape of the Fiesta vase, I decided to gather the carnations up into a tight, rounded bunch. Love how it turned out!
While I’m just playing around with flowers and they’re inexpensive ones from the grocery store, here are a few things I’ve learned:
- Change the water and trim the stems frequently (every day or every-other-day) to extend the longevity of the bouquet.
- Concerning water temperature, I generally shoot for cold to room temp, but using warmer water can help coax buds to open a little faster (works especially well with roses).
- No floral foam or frogs? Rubber bands, twist ties, or string are an easy way to help bouquets hold the shape you want. (Fishing line can be great when using transparent containers.)