Yep, we're going fishing. Or at least, Mark is. I'll be reading all these really great books I've been collecting, plus a big stack of magazines, and oh, yes--getting around to making all those bookmarkers and cards. Although I have had these vacation plans before and I've wound up taking naps and watching Oprah for the whole week. In the meantime, check out this article about buying tulips at Sign of the Shovel.
http://www.signoftheshovel.com/ And Grace is back home from her honeymoon, posting pictures of her beautiful wedding. http://graceuncensored.com/v-web/b2/
Thursday, September 28, 2006
The garden looks pretty good for late September. There is so much that needs to be cleaned up, but I still like the wild look that's happening. Lots of verbena blooming and the garlic chives are going to seed. We tied the grasses up with bungee cords on the fence. And there is larkspur sprouting everywhere!
This was my very favorite from last week's show. It was done by True Colors. I think it needed a better display table to show off it's balancing act. But still it was lovely--probably a hundred pieces of reed were individually wired with gold wire and strung together along with yellow roses, orchids and seeded eucalyptus.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The slugs have been working on this little plant, but it's been so pretty all summer. I just put one plant in the container and it's grown to fill it nicely. Sometimes I think that all that cramming they tell you to do is just so they can sell more plants. (The pinecone is chipmunk repellent. They're in all the pots this year.)
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
We had planned to go to the botanical garden in St. Louis today to see the art glass exhibit. But it was such a nice cool day that I thought I would just stay home and work in the garden. Now I can barely walk! These shots are from a flower show that the local garden had this weekend at Bergner's, one of the department stores at the mall. This one is by Lisa at FloraScape.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Here's a picture of me leaving for the wedding. In one hand, I have one of Grace's beautiful hand-painted bottles, of which I neglected to get a close-up. And in the other hand, the toss bouquet. I just heard that it held together through the toss. And the second shot is of Grace's bouquet at the reception. I loved her ribbon.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Grace and Kevin had such a beautiful wedding. It was perfect. I had a great time helping with the flowers. It was a surreal feeling to see her carrying the bridal bouquet. I have a few pictures, and will post over the next few days. I was so focused on finishing each piece and moving on to the next one that I totally forgot to take pictures along the way. I even forgot to eat! When has that ever happened??
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I went to a floral demonstration earlier this week. Lee Russo was the designer and she has a shop in Edwardsville. She made several beautiful designs with fall colors. Her final show-stopper was a design with soft pink roses and lots of brown accents like cat-tails. It was just beautiful. Anyway, when I saw this fallen redbud leaf in the anenomes, it reminded me of her design--combining fall colors with other softer, more pastel colors.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
This was a fun one. There were so many zinnias out there, and they needed to be deadheaded so they'd keep making. It's a really low arrangement, maybe 6 inches tall, and was made just for Jefferson Hall, because they bared their souls yesterday and did good work--the kind of work that makes us remember why we all decided to become helpers in the first place.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Eighteen years ago tomorrow, Mark and I got married. And because I've been so immersed in wedding flowers lately, here's a shot of the flowers that we carried that day. Did we get them from Blanche Rottering? I think so. She was the florist we always called. These look pretty dated compared to the ones that are popular now. But you know what doesn't look dated in this photo? The pearl bracelet on Ellen's wrist. Some things never go out of style. Grace, I promise your flowers won't look like 1988!