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Friday, October 24, 2014

frost survivors

 nearly frozen and tattered, but a handful of color and fragrance nonetheless.
we had frost early this week but was able to gather these as i took a quiet walk around the garden with my snips.
 above is the cold version of my favorite rose, st. swithin.

 i used chocolate scented geranium for a collar of foliage.
 a few sprigs of borage in front of the delicate scabiosa.
 really, i have seriously fallen in love with yarrow.
you'll be seeing a lot more of it next year.
i think it is absolutely the best secret ingredient to a beautiful bouquet!

 matricaria below.

Friday, October 17, 2014

thank you steph and jason!

 a bouquet of cafe au lait, odyssey, koko puff, and korb's river bend dahlias, heritage and irish hope roses,
 cirrus dusty miller, and a few sprigs of feather eucalyptus
to say thanks to our host family for the arts festival!
 above and below is the lovely odyssey dahlia.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


 l'ancresse dahlia is in the middle, surrounded by stock, yarrow, sea lavender, and dusty miller.
 somehow l'ancresse is, despite its ball form, delicate and soft.
 other white dahlias are blizzard and hy cutter on the lower right.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

zinnias and feverfew

 queen lime red zinnias and feverfew bunched up with yarrow, gaura, and dusty miller.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

going to the fair!

 each year our little town of north scituate, ri, has an arts festival that attracts thousands of people for a weekend of fun food and artistry of all kinds.
it is this coming weekend, and we have a spot for the cart to sell flowers, beeswax candles, scented geraniums, and other surprises.
the cart is sort of dark, so we made this tassel banner to brighten it up.
so. much. fun!
 i used old sheets, dyed them with a wonderful fabric dye called "idye", then tore them into strips.
 to make them, i lay them out on my legs to align, then put a half-length strip through the fold-over, and tie it.
then i tie a bit of tulle around the top and there's the tassel!  the top strip looks nice tied in a bow right on the line.
 jake helped me get them up on the pipes that ed set up and fitted with screw eyes.

here is our ed maneuvering the cart onto the trailer for the big ride downtown.
the breeze was glorious today, and those banners were flying!

Sunday, October 5, 2014


with inca zinnias, sugar daddy dahlias, cirrus dusty miller, orange woodcreek gomphrena, and rosehips.

 the fragrance of nasturtiums is one of the defining features of autumn for me.

 the rose hips are a pretty orange right now.

 on the way to the cart.