Technically, this is Wednesday’s bouquet. It was a surprisingly nice day – too nice to stay indoors, no matter how pressing my digital to-do list. I weeded the big front bed and the little one that wraps around the house, pruned, and fertilized. And then I clambered over a pile of cedar rounds behind the equipment trailer and snipped these branches for the kitchen table.
This is the first homegrown bouquet of the year, so I had to share. All the others thus far in 2015 have come from the little fridge at the IGA.
There’s only two things blooming in my yard right now, and I’m not about to whack that single miniature daffodil by the herb garden, so this bouquet is simple, just two little sprays of ornamental quince (Chaenomeles speciosa). I don’t know the variety because it was here when we moved in (this is one of the few existing plants I haven’t offed).
I don’t know why my camera insists on recording this wall as teal when it is really sour-apple green.
I can’t bring myself to cut blossoming branches off of my apple or peach trees and the quince isn’t blooming yet, so right now I have to content myself with greenery if I want a homegrown bouquet. But this English Laurel is budded up and should open soon. It’s a fragrance I like – kind of honeyish – but too cloying for some.
Like my new vase? It was a thrift store score a few weeks ago for $1.99. It’s Oneida and it’s the same not-white-but-not-off-white as my dishes.
Just a handful of bi-color tulips from the IGA. But in that fancy vase (which actually was one of those giant candles from Bath & Body Works at one time) they look pretty good. Small table, small vase, small arrangement.
Just laurels from the back yard. But something is better than nothing and I like simple.
Jerusalem artichoke flowers, Rudbeckia hirta (unnamed mixture), Agastache ‘Summer Breeze’, and Viola ‘Sorbet Peach Melba’. All from my garden.