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The Most Fun I Had All Day

Boona likes to help me collect flowers.

I am in the middle of a house renovation.  It’s exciting but exhausting.

My mind is always going lickety split from one idea or task to the next.  What color should I paint the bedroom?  How much money have we spent?  Did I pick the perfect faucet?

This evening, however, time was suspended.  I wandered around my six acres and just looked and gathered flowers.  I compiled them into a bucket along with stems of foliage and fruit.

I collected native grasses, sunflowers, black eyed Susans, ironweed, beautyberry, mountain mint, devil’s walking stick and Joe Pye weed.

I will assemble these into a wildflower arrangement for our Mississippi Native Plant Society Meeting tomorrow at USM in Hattiesburg.

Stop by and check it out if you’re in the area.


High Mileage Flora

I made this wildflower arrangement for the Mississippi Native Plant Society annual meeting.

The Mississippi Native Plant Society Annual Meeting was yesterday in Jackson.

As President, I coordinated the meeting.

Friday I wandered all around my garden collecting material to make a wildflower arrangement for the refreshment table.

The result is pictured here.  I counted 17 species in that vase.  Due to the season, I used a lot of foliage and fruit instead of just flowers.

Native grasses (big bluestem, switch grass, eastern gamma grass and wood oats) are prominently featured.

Other plants included in the arrangement are – southern magnolia, hearts a busting, hairy sunflower(Helianthus tomentosus), ladies tresses orchid, black eyed susan (Rudbeckia tomentosa), tickseed (Coreopsis integrifolia), goldenrod, mistflower, beardtongue, 2 species of asters, beautyberry and black snakeroot.

I was pleased that in spite of the drought, I was able to collect so many beautiful stems.

Early Saturday morning, I put the arrangement into a bucket (for stability) and loaded it into my car to make the 100 mile trek to Jackson.

If you’ve visited this blog before, you know that I regularly show pictures of the flower arrangements that I make for my bathroom.

This is definitely not your average bathroom flower arrangement.  It’s a behemoth!

Today I am displaying the arrangement on my bar.  There’s room for the behemoth there.  It looks pretty good considering that it has logged in about 200 miles.  That’s some high mileage flora!


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