Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday flowers

There's a lot of pleasure to be had from a pair of scissors, ten minutes in the yard, and another ten standing at the kitchen counter poking stems into vases.

 Forget-me-nots, Pacific blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
Evergreen azalea, beach strawberry (Fragaria chilensis--large white flowers, wow, these are super delicate, they barely survived the journey inside), can't remember what the small white flowers are
Perennial verbena (dark purple), miner's lettuce (light purple), kinnickinnick (greenery at top of image)
Hawthorn, a bit of a maidenhair fern, horribly invasive creeping buttercup
Pansy, hawthorn, creeping snowberry (Symphoricarpos mollis, little pink buds in the back)

I am going to try to make this a regular practice, if I can. I saw earlier this week that the garden writer Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl has started a series of weekly herbarium boxes illustrating what's growing and flowering in her yard, and that seems like a great idea to me. Plus, I have a bad habit of putting flowers in a vase and then...leaving them there for three or four weeks. Yuck. Clearly, the solution must be more flowers, on a regular basis.


  1. Hello, i just found you from your recent comment over on aesthetic outburst, and ive sat reading your words all the way back to your january posts!
    Your blog has all the design and craft elements without being over styled or pretentious, we need more like yours!
    I love what you said in one post about design decisions like rugs leading to big arguments - me and my hub are the same. I love *stuff* - he owns about 5% of whats in our house while the rest is mine (although the percentage is the other way round when it comes to our wardrobes but thats another story!). He likes most of what i like though but we always disagree still - he goes for quality and practicality where as i prefer to base things on looks and whether its cheap as chips (im a thrifter, he's not).
    Anyway, i look forward to reading some more of your posts, in fact, im about to read more now!
    Aqeela xx

  2. Aqeela, thanks so much for your comment! What a wonderful feeling to have a perfect stranger happen by and totally "get" what I'm aiming for. And now I'm off to check out your blog.