Monday, April 14, 2014

First posy


Last week, I collected flowers from around our yard and made my first posy of this spring. I usually wait a bit longer, for other flowers to bloom. But this year, I decided it wasn't important to wait for what I have often thought of as "real" flowers. I wanted to savor the earliest blooms too, collecting bits of color from around the yard, to bring freshness and cheer inside the house. I'm learning to appreciate simple gardening more and more as I get older; roses are beautiful and I tend mine with pride, but I enjoy plainer flowers too, even the ones which are technically weeds.


There was plenty to clip for a posy and I took one (or more) of each thing blooming. I should amend that; there were tulips blooming but we don't have very many of them and I didn't feel right clipping any of them for a posy. If I ever achieve the tulip clipping patch I discussed the other day, I will definitely be bringing them into the house. That would be the whole point, I suppose, but it would be nice to have lots of them to admire in the yard too. But that's for later; here is my first-posy selection. At the top of the photo, there are two small clippings of blossom from our apple tree, and a snip of pyracantha bud under the one on the left. Beneath them, from left to right: two grape hyacinths, five wild asters, two dandelions, a chocolate daisy and a sprig of lilac blossom.


These flowers were small, with short stems, so I arranged them in a tiny pitcher. It's about four inches high and is made of delicate china. I often use it for small flowers picked for me by the children, or bits of honeysuckle or lavender from the yard, which I like to bring inside for their sweet scent. The pitcher was the perfect size for my little posy; the short-stemmed flowers could rest among the others, and the whole posy sat in a neat cluster on the pitcher's rim.


I loved the shape of the posy and the way the colors looked together. Everything was pink or purple or yellow - soft, cheerful spring colors, Easter-ish and sweet. I began thinking about where I should put my little posy. I walked through the house trying it in different places. Larger, more robust flowers usually end up on the kitchen table in a Mason jar, with or without a crocheted jacket. I don't worry about tall sheaves of Russian sage, or big, blowsy roses in a heavy glass jar. They're tough. This little posy was not. It needed a special, safe place.


I tried the windowsill in the breakfast nook. The posy looked lovely in the morning light, but this is perhaps the most dangerous place of all. There is often boisterous behavior in the breakfast nook, and not just by the children.


I tried it on the vanity in the master bathroom. There is a high window here, set several feet about the vanity mirror, which gives beautiful light all day. The posy looked pretty here too, but I was concerned about the pitcher getting wet. And, really, some people don't move all that gently in here either. But I would have loved to see the posy on the vanity while getting ready in the mornings.


I tried the posy on my dresser and it was perfect. Here, it would be enjoyed throughout the day, each time I went back to our bedroom. And it was, whether I was putting away laundry or going back for a cardigan before heading outdoors. I was glad to have it there, a delicate posy to brighten my bedroom and remind me that spring still holds lots of promise.

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43 comments:

  1. It looks so pretty and you chose the perfect jug for your display.

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  2. The flowers look so cheerful, Jennifer! The little pitcher is the perfect holder for them. I'm glad you found the perfect place to put it!

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  3. Jennifer,
    You have created a darling bouquet-I especially like how you have incorporated the "plainer," flowers with the more flamboyant ones. I tend to my roses and other flowering treasures as if they were my children-in fact I was in my garden all weekend!
    Thank you for sharing your sweet talents and inspiration-
    Jemma

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  4. Has puesto mucho amor en ese pequeño ramillete. Es sencillo y magnífico al mismo tiempo. Hugs :D

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  5. What a lovely little posy, it looks so pretty and just shows what can be done with a little bit of imagination. I think you chose a good, safe spot Jennifer and I am not surprised it makes you happy when you walk past it. The pitcher is perfect too. The blossom from your apple tree really is lovely, I would take some from mine but it is not well established so I might have to wait a few years for that! :) Have a great day. :)

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  6. Lovely first posy. I can't wait to gather flowers from the garden and display them. Your flower display is very pretty and your cute little pitcher-adorable!

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  7. Hey Jennifer,
    I often collect little posies like this, either from my garden or on walks here and there. I like my blousy flowers to remain out of doors. But a little posy by the bedside or on the dresser makes me happy whenever I catch sight of them. Yours is really pretty.
    Leanne xx

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  8. Very lovely posy, Jennifer! The little pitcher is really adorable. I love that you placed it in your bedroom! I think it's extra special to have fresh flowers in the bedroom.

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  9. I love your little posie! So perfect in that darling pitcher.

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  10. I always pick flowers from the garden and often have a jug on my garden table. I love your posy so pretty.
    I only have a few flowers at the moment, so I will have to wait a bit longer. This year I have potted up lots of flower seeds which when ready will be put around the garden and pots for instant colour and for cut flowers for the house. This works out really cheap and a great deal of satisfaction.
    Rosezeeta.

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  11. I love this kind of little mixed posy, so very pretty! I know what you mean about being unable to cut tulips from the flower beds, I have never been able to bring myself to either as we never had that many. Last year I grew a tulip patch especially for cutting and I've done the same this year....but I still feel a bit guilty cutting those stems!
    Helen xox

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  12. So very pretty. It would make me smile each time I passed too. x

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  13. Hey you!! I too appreciate simple blooms as they show their faces! They all make me happy and hopeful! Your collection in your beautiful pitcher is stunning in both color and form! Happy spring!!!! Nicole xo

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  14. Such a pretty little posy of flowers! They look great in your jug. xx

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  15. Beautiful Jennifer. The first flowers after winter are always so very special and so well appreciated.

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  16. Hi Jennifer! I just love picking posies from around my garden ... So much nicer than shop bought forced flowers!

    Have a wonderful week

    Love Claire xxx

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  17. Pretty posy of petals, Jennifer! I couldn't agree with you more: even weeds, sometimes, are elegant enough for a bright bouquet!

    Poppy

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  18. Love the flowers, very pretty :) Our weather has been crazy here 86 yesterday and snow tonight! I can't wait for the flowers to start blooming here!

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  19. Love the presentation of your post....very striking...
    but...I think it needs a few Kalanchoes! hahaha!
    Where did you find those sweet flowers to put in as a break at the end of your post?
    They are very sweet...
    Enjoy your week, Jen
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  20. Such a pretty posy! I think we enjoy those first flowers (and "weeds") the most, later we take them more for granted.
    I like the little pitcher too!

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  21. Very pretty Jennifer! I love little flowers and weeds from around the house and farm the most as opposed to store bought ones...x

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  22. Love your pretty posy. Some simple flowers really are the best, and even those pesky weeds lol

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  23. Pretty little posy and lovely pictures. Nothing like the promise that flowers bring!

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  24. Beautiful little posy and that little jug is divine.

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  25. The bedroom is the perfect place for a little posy. I often place one in our guest bedroom when we have guests. Thank you for your comment on the origins of apocrypha

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  26. Continued (because I can't amend comments on my iPad!) I just wanted to say I have replied to your interesting comment on my blog!

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  27. This is a beautiful posy Jennifer. I can't bring myself picking flowers from my garden.... I have planted dozens of tulips in the front and back for the purpose of cutting them but I have never cut one. Silly, I know. We are going on a walk today and I might pick some wild flowers. There are some low growing aconites in the woods just now. xx

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  28. I love your little posy in a jug, Jennifer, full of Spring prettiness. You have written this so beautifully as you tried different places round the house until you found just the right 'home' - this could be a sweet children's story! The lilac and apple blossom bring me memories of our trip to Canada last spring, when I enjoyed their wonders for the first time.

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  29. They're pretty - and I completely agree, you shouldn't wait for 'proper' flowers to appear. We always have things in the house which reflect the current season, be that pine cones, dried-out seed heads or daisies.
    Love the little jug too.
    S x

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  30. Beautiful little posy displayed in such a sweet little jug.
    Marianne x

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  31. Lovely Posy Jennifer. I have had a bit of a blog vacation lately and have not been commenting, but I have been keeping up with your day to day things.

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  32. Such a pretty little posy
    Clare x

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  33. That is such a great idea and a lovely little vase too...

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  34. Such pretty flowers Jennifer. You've arranged them beautifully in the little jug too. xx

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  35. Beautiful and they compliment your pretty jug too. Jennifer I'm way behind with my reading so apologise if I've missed some of your posts. Hope to catch up very soon x

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  36. That is just the sweetest posy ever. I don't like fancy flowers. I much prefer a mix of simple flowers like you''ve arranged here. I also don't like manicured lawns. I like the cottage garden look where everything is growing wild and free. Weeds are definitely welcome here where it's hard to grow much for long. Dandelions were all over the place a month ago but have all disappeared now except for the puffs. Have a great day. Tammy

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  37. I think hand gathered posies are one of life's great pleasures, especially when they are arranged in such a sweet jug. Your photos have captured the colours and textures beautifully, especially that first one. x

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  38. I love your little posy and it makes me want to go out and pick one. When I came home from swimming (with Gracie) a bit ago I went on a bit of a garden walkabout to see what was blooming. We have 2 rhododendrons in bloom! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  39. Wow what a gourgeous posy of flowers, they look so pretty.I can see why they keep catching your eyes when you walk pass them.You also are very good at arranging flowers x

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  40. Beauty in miniature. Perfect, Jennifer. :-)

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  41. I enjoy seeing photos of your Spring posy, Jennifer! It reminds me of the wonderful little wildflower bouquets our kids would bring me from time to time when they were young. Happy memories :) xx

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