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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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