charmed, i’m sure

A surprise bloom from our new native plant garden (I thought we’d have to wait for next year). We have so many new and unfamiliar varieties in this garden – I just can’t wait to get to know them as they grow.

blog071915_allium & bud196/365: allium bloom & bud

embarrassment of riches

As if the wealth of sun-ripened berries and full rainbow of farm-fresh veggies weren’t enough – the farmer’s market is now bursting with blooms in such exuberantly colorful & random bouquets that is almost feels like too much. Almost.

blog071615_farmers-market-bouquet193/365: farmer’s market bouquet

now you see it/now you don’t

Despite its les than poetic name, spiderwort is a lovely native plant. In the morning, the flowers open into a three-petaled violet bloom. Later in the day, the flower closes up into at little pod, like the ones seen here at dusk. I like the way the purple in the stem hints at what’s inside.

blog070115_spiderwort179/365: spiderwort at dusk

how do you like me now?

I talk a lot about actively seeing the world, paying attention, finding beauty in things that are commonly overlooked. But today’s image is a perfect example of how I sometimes fail to follow my own advice. I’ve said before that I like the hosta’s leaves far more than her flowers.  But of course the flowers are magnificent. I just needed to stop and look at them. I’m so glad I did.

blog070215_hosta-flowers180/365: hostas

rebranding for good

This gorgeous blossom is undergoing a rebranding effort in the name of monarch survival. Commonly referred to as Swamp Milkweed, the plant is one of the essential natives for monarch caterpillars. In an effort to encourage more gardeners to embrace this beneficial plant, the new moniker lends a more delicate, desirable image. This is no swamp plant: it’s Rose Milkweed (thank you very much).

blog062515_milkweed-closeup173/365: rose milkweed

flowers always & always

This day I only managed product shots so I selected one to share that I think manages to still inspire. Back in May, I sent out flowers and inspiring quotations via email to everyone on my mailing list. They are the same image/word pairings on my line of recycled brown kraft note cards. Each card features a colorful fine art floral print on the front matched with beautiful words on the back.

Join my mailing list to stay in touch and receive future flower deliveries, news, and inspiration. Or, buy a set of cards in my Etsy shop.

IMG_7806 168/365: card in studio

Post title is part of a Claude Monet quote: “I must have flowers always, and always.”

nostalgia

The older I get, the more particular flowers trigger memories. There are flowers I loved as a little girl. Their scents and shapes remind me how I reveled in their existence as much as my own. There are flowers that grew at my grandparents’ houses. And my great-grandparents’ houses. And there are flowers that I will remember when I’m old. Those my mother grew, or I grew myself or shared with my children. The flowers will always return and the memories are ours to keep: it’s just that moment of recognition – putting it all together – that we so often miss.

blog061815_clematis

166/365: clematis