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.