Inspired by a pair of visiting friends I spent a rainy Sunday afternoon perusing a junk store.

This vase of winter blossoms reminds me of Icey, who taught me to love flowers.

Inspired by the color of my Professor Sargent camellia, I bought a red vase.

Inspired by the new vase and the waning Japanese apricot flowers I decided to make a flower arrangement.

Inspired by the flower arrangement, I cleared a place for the vase on my table.

My wet muddy dogs enjoyed helping me gather the flowers from the gloomy garden.

We found quite a few blooms on this cold rainy day.  Included in the vase are: white daphne (Daphne odora ‘Alba’), Professor Sargent camellia, an unknown pink camellia, Japanese apricot (Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’), sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans), star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) and several clusters of bunch dafffodils (Narcissus tazetta).

I placed a stem of Michelia maudiae in the front center of the arrangement.  This Chinese banana shrub relative has blooms that look like a white Yulan magnolia.  Unlike the Yulan, this plant is evergreens with leaves similar to a sweetbay magnolia.   I searched high and low and could not find a common name for this uncommon plant.

I set the vase on the table and realized the arrangement needed just one more thing.

And so… I added a picture of the woman who raised me to love flowers.

In the photo, Miss Elise Price (a.k.a Icey or Sister) poses with my sisters circa 1966.  That was forty-six years ago and I am still inspired daily by the things I learned from her and by the love of green things that she bequeathed me.

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6 Responses to“Inspiration”

  1. vicki says:

    Love this! I remember Icey, your sisters and your house having 2 front doors! Thanks for sharing this lovely tribute to a sweet woman. vw

  2. Rebecca says:

    How pretty and what a way to brighten our moods with this gloomy rainy mucky weather… This has me dreaming about a butterfly garden to honor my sweet Granny since I inherited her collection of butterfly pins

  3. Lea says:

    Pretty flowers, lovely story!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  4. Bubba says:

    Tommy Dodd calls maudiae “queen of the magnolias”. Only name I”ve ever heard. Nice bouquet! Nice post.

  5. Terry Gordon Smith says:

    This story makes me long for real acreage to grow even more flowers. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Elise Smith says:

    Beautiful! Especially with the photo in front. Remembering our beloved mentors is one of the greatest pleasures of gardening…

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