I dearly love sweet peas. These are the "permanent botanical" type, from Jo-Ann Fabrics--and when I saw them I just had to have them. And then there were fresh ones at the florist this week. Same thing--I'll take every stem you have.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
I have watched it all winter long. Little grey-green fuzzy leaves made it through the coldest spells and now it's really growing. I bought some seeds to get a few starts for containers, but this one I'm going to leave in the bed to see how it does. It was my favorite new plant last year, so it's great to see it come through the winter.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thank you, Mama and PJ, for the birthday gift certificates! I can't wait to order this great hybrid lamb's ear from Bluestone. And I love the stoneware from Pampered Chef. I need to be starting seeds this weekend, but I've got shopping to do . . .
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
This was a student entry. Really cool. . . Nan called last night and it was so nice to hear from her. She asked me what is my favorite flower to use in arrangements. And the answer is so clear--any flower that grows in my yard. This morning I saw that Amy Stewart says the same thing. Her San Francisco Chronical article is at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/07/HOG58OEFLH1.DTL&hw=flowers&sn=003&sc=734. Of course, she lives in California and can have sweetpeas year-round. But I am going to try to have a second crop in the fall this year. That would be pretty cool too.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
I've gone through the program several times, and I just can't figure out which designer did this one. But I loved it. It was wild and wooly and the room was dark and kind of spooky. The spotlights made those perfect hocus-pocus roses just pop.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Ilya Bolotowsky, 1987; Louise Chambers Krueger, AIFD, LaSalle Wholesale Florist. This was one of my favorites. She has cauliflower and broccoli in there too. I like vegetables in arrangements. I took one to Gayle at the Apple Barn last summer that had carrots and celery along with zinnias. And if you're a regular watcher here, you might remember the tomatoes and peppers in the late-summer-back-porch-zinnia arrangements. But I wouldn't have thought to put broccoli and cauliflower in among roses at the art museum! That broccoli has been painted too.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Okay, this little girl was not one of the chosen works for Art in Bloom, but I just loved her. She represents a "minor Buddhist goddess of beauty and wealth", from 9th century Japan. I realize she's beautiful and valuable and needs to be protected, but don't you think she'd rather be sitting out in the garden? And I wonder what she thought about being considered minor? I didn't think she looked minor at all. . .
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Temptation by Marc Chagall; Floral Designer Kay Schaefer. This won Best in Show, both the judges and the people's choice. Really? It wouldn't have been my choice. But it is nice. Next year I'm hoping to go earlier in the show. Maybe there would be fewer people on Friday. (I wonder how many people were there. It was packed!) And maybe my back won't go out . . .
Monday, March 05, 2007
Madonna and Child Enthroned with Sts. Peter, John the Baptist, Dominic, and Nicholas of Bari; Piero di Cosimo; 1940. Deb Feltes of Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri did the arrangement. This one was just beautiful. Love how she included the frame. She used bells of Ireland, flat fern, myrtle, ruscus, palm, snapdragons, and roses. It's not easily seen in this shot, but she wove some bright blue metalic materials throughout to mirror the color of the robes.