Some mornings it's difficult to get up and face the day. Yesterday was one of those days. Still, my garden offers comfort, as does the support and generosity of friends and family. I pulled myself together and created an arrangement combining warm and cool-season blooms.
|This vase got started with two stems of an unusual Salvia native to the Canary Islands|
|Back view: I also used the last of the "gray" larkspur, the rest of which I intend to pull out today|
|Top view: I used some of the last of the white-flowered Nigella too|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Salvia canariensis var candidissima, Ammi majus 'Dara', Centaurea 'Silver Feather', white Consolida ajacis, Consolida ajacis 'Earl Grey', Nigella papillosa 'African Bride', and Vitex trifolia|
In a departure from my usual practice, that's the only vase I created yesterday. However, a close friend visited on Friday to celebrate my birthday and, in addition to the gift of her companionship (observed with masks and proper social distancing), she brought a bouquet of peonies, which I used to create a vase on Saturday.
|For a short period each year, a couple of area markets offer peonies. I hadn't gotten out to pick up any as I usually do so I was thrilled when my friend brought me some.|
|Back view: I added embellishments picked from my own garden and used the vase another friend sent me earlier in the month, also as a birthday gift|
|Top view: the peony blooms were mostly open when I photographed them yesterday|
|Left to right: Hebe 'Wiri Blush', noID peonies, and Orlaya grandiflora|
I miss seeing my friends in person and I long to go someplace other than the grocery store but I expect to take things slowly in adding to what has become my usual routine during our lockdown. My first hurdle is to visit my local pharmacist to get a booster shot that's already more than a month overdue. The dentist and my hairdresser may be next, as long as their precautions are reassuring and the second wave of coronavirus cases feared by many doesn't show signs of materializing.
I hope you're adapting to your new normal as it unfolds. For a look at this week's IAVOM creations, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
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