Yellow, Pink and Green

Ventured out yesterday to properly enjoy the phenomenal 77 degree weather that was occurring. If only it would last and last…but anyhow I happened to notice some lovely mini-sunflowers and lantana growing in a vacant lot near the train tracks.
In the bag they went. Where else would they go?

There’s also a lime and fig tree nearby, so I delicately snipped some trimmings from each tree. Also added a few stems of nondescript greens, that were clogging a pathway in the front and really needed to be removed.

Because the flower elements were short to begin with, I went with a natural hand-tied bouquet which I later plopped into the aqua ball jar.

Simple and understated.

Moved. Around

I needed to move the stem of Texas Mountain Laurel to the kitchen…the smell became slightly overwhelming (in a good way) and I thought it’d be nice to also enjoy it in another room.

Long-lasting scraps from a few weeks back fit perfectly (once chopped to size), in a favorite blown glass vase from Mexico. Bits include green trick dianthus: left-over from a Valentine’s order, random red flowers: whose name I was informed of at a Farmer’s market (but have since forgotten the name), sprigs of blooming lime and the leaves of Texas Mountain Laurel.

I suppose this is a Martini glasses as opposed to a Margarita glass, as they are a wee bit small to hold a decent pour of Margarita. In my opinion. Blue rimmed glass are some of my favorite vessels, and I have a set of four. Or is it six? Sadly, the other lot are still in a storage box in the old country….It is nice having just the two around. In the past, I’ve used them for floating flowers and hosting sprigs of succulents. Always a favorite look.

This week the blue rimmed Martini glass takes (yes, more) stems of Texas Mountain Laurel. Honestly, I’m just not over it yet and the neighbor’s tree seems to really be taking off now. The blue cobalt mason jar holds an assortment of tiny elephant ear leaves, Mountain Laurel and some new cuttings of an interesting shrub in the front. More on that interesting shrub soon.

It’s been certainly nice not buying flowers, but I may cave soon and pick up some tulips at the market…as it’s Spring after all.

Outside in

If you get close enough you can smell the bloom. I don’t recall the last time I caught the fragrance of a flower from a lime tree. It is truly an unforgettable smell. It is no wonder candles become inspiration, or they should in this case. In the background there is a single bloom of a Narcissus from the front yard. I know I shouldn’t have plucked this early sprout, but I couldn’t resist such a smell.

After the rain passed, these red flowers emerged a little more clearly. I’m not sure what plant this is, but the leaves are flat and paddle-like and feel slightly succulent in form. They are paired with another blooming branch from the lime tree and the greens from the Narcissus cluster. Ah, Spring fragrance….

Aqua Ball Jars

My Mom came for a visit over the Christmas weekend and gifted me with these gorgeous vintage Aqua Ball jars. I remember seeing them in her kitchen collecting dust on a top shelf and asked if I might put them to some use.

I personally think they are lovely enough to be displayed independently. Though, I had an over-flow of flowers this weekend and needed another vessel (beside a drinking glass) to accommodate these Lily stems.

I find the color just striking. Here is a bit of information about these jars via The Empty Nest. It appears that one of the jars I have is from the 1910- 1923. Incidentally my Mom cannot recollect as to where she picked them up. These are truly something special. I am delighted.