Posts Tagged ‘Winter Flower Arrangements’

Small Pleasures

Today the wall vase over my kitchen sink contains 'Minor Monarque' daffodil, 'Professor Sargent camellia and a possumhaw holly twig with road flare orange fruit.

It was rainy this morning and I hung around the house and had a sort of stream of consciousness kind of day.  It cleared a bit in the afternoon and I ventured down to the veggie garden to sow some English and snow pea seed.

While I was out, I gathered the first of the ‘Minor Monarque’ narcissus and a few crimson ‘Professor Sargent’ camellias.  I plopped them into the tiny wall vase that hangs over my kitchen sink.  I added a bit of boxwood foliage and a possumhaw holly twig loaded with orange fruit.  The result pleased me.

For the rest of the day, I smiled every time I walked into the kitchen and saw my little composition.

There wasn’t much to my arrangement (unless you want to count the first daffodils of 2011).  I’d hopefully get a “C” if it was a project in a Floral Design class.

There’s not much to the wall vase, either.  As I recall, I paid $2.00 for it and it now has a gigantic chip on the lip.

But still, the combination made me ridiculously happy on a January day and inspired me to post a favorite Annie Dillard quote taken from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

“… The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But- and this is the point- who gets excited by a mere penny? If you follow one arrow, if you crouch motionless on a bank to watch a tremulous ripple thrill on the water and are rewarded by the sight of a muskrat kit paddling from its den, will you count that sight a chip of copper only, and go your rueful way? It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won’t stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. What you see is what you get….”


New Year’s Garden Resolutions

I love winter flower arrangements like this one with sasanqua camellia, 'Autumn Pearl' narcissus and 'Miss Patricia' holly.

I’ve had an enjoyable and productive New Year’s Day.

I studied the birds at my back-yard feeder and listened to their chatter.

I spent some quality time with friends, husband and dawgs.

I ate my black eyed peas for Prosperity.

I worked on a clearing project and had a nice meander through the woods and the garden.

Throughout the day, I made a few Garden Resolutions.

I resolve to make more flower arrangements.

I vow to kill privet.

I resolve to spend more time on the nature trails and in the garden.

I’m off to a good start having already hit a lick at two out of three.


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