Carpe diem???

A vase of Japanese apricot branches enhances and perfumes the bathroom.

Today it was chilly and very humid.  I set about to work my way down a list full of errands and chores.  When I had almost finished the task-list, I realized that I had yet to clean house or work on a landscape drawing that has been on my board for far too long.

So… I took the dogs for a walk, picked a few greens for a stir fry and began gathering branches of Japanese apricot (Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’) for my vases.

I realize that most people clean the house and then add a flower arrangement as a finishing touch.  I, on the other hand, make flower arrangements to avoid cleaning the house.

When all was said and done, I had a wall vase full of mume over the kitchen sink and a large exuberant bunch of mume in a tall vase on my bar.  And last, but not least, a tasteful and graceful vase full of mume on my toilet!

Some might say that I went a little overboard with the mume.   But I know from experience that the flowers are as ephemeral as they are beautiful.  Every year, when the last blossoms have shattered and the ground is confettied with pink petals, I regret that I did not spend more quality time amongst the mume.

So today I’ll be contented that the faint fragrance of mume is drifting through my house and that at least I cleaned the air.

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5 Responses to“Carpe diem???”

  1. Sweet Bay says:

    Making flower arrangements to avoid cleaning the house is a sign of a sound mind, in my book. 🙂 That is a lovely arrangement. And you have tea camellia too! I’ve seen those at the JC Raulston Arboretum (the arboretum at NC State) as beautiful small trees.

  2. yardflow says:

    This tree is called ume in Japan. It is one of the 4 or maybe 5 “must have” plants in a Japanese garden.
    It produces these extremely bitter little plums/apricots that are used to make Japanese plum vinegar which I love.
    I’ve never made plume vinegar from my own fruit. I did look up a recipe and it seemed difficult.
    I also looked up a recipe for making green tea from my tea camellia (Camellia sinensis) and that seems like something I can handle.

  3. Autumn Belle says:

    This looks like chinese plum blossoms, the most beloved flower in Chinese culture. How wonderful it is to have the real ones. I only have the fake plastic ones for my vases.

  4. Peg says:

    I’m with you Gail – have been there many times with the List, but not always ending with the flowers. I’ll enjoy yours, vicariously.

  5. Gail says:

    I love this flowering shrub~~It’s the prettiest pink. It’s good that you brought them inside to enjoy…the vagaries of our weather could kill the pretty in its prime! I also love your philosophy~”Flowers before cleaning”! gail

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