Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Simple joys ~

There is something about going out in the garden in the morning with your secateurs and a basket to  pick a few things for the house. Nothing too fancy or exotic, certainly not my bearded iris which I can't bear to cut, but just a few ordinary flowers that are blooming at the moment.

Recently I have been experimenting with foliage and flowers for cutting, things like Santa Barbara Daisies, that I didn't think would last or be good for bouquets. I have been surprised and it has broaden the range of materials.

Here is today's bounty: a few of the waning roses, larkspur, phomius, lantana, valerian, altromeria, and what appears to be a species salvia. 

These look so pretty to me simply placed in the basket that I hate to disturb them, but after a good soaking in a bucket of water they will make nice bouquets.

Simple joys are best.

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  1. Oh your bouquets are stunning and those copper pots are Fabulous!!!

  2. Hi Adrienne! How beautiful! Your flowers are so pretty and this view of your kitchen and those copper pots! Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Oh how beautiful the flowers in the basket in your lovely home.

  4. Your flowers are so lovely. You have some that I thought would not work, but they do.
    Will have to incorporate them in my arrangements. I have deadheaded almost all of my roses so the selection of flowers is slim.

    There is a Mary Lou Heard's garden tour this weekend. They have some very unusual gardens on display. It is on line, check it out. My friend and I are going this Saturday. The ones on Sunday are a little to far to dive.

    Have a great weekend. Where's the rain??????


  5. Your flowers look so pretty. We have been having all the rain. I have shrubs in our yard and a few peonies. They are about to bloom.

  6. I'M always struck by the vivid colours of your California bouquets. Gorgeous!

  7. I'M always struck by the vivid colours of your California bouquets. Gorgeous!

  8. Your bouquet is colorful and so gorgeous!

  9. How I wish I could walk through your garden Adrienne! It would be a dream come true. Your basket of flowers make me want to crawl through this screen and into your kitchen (gorgeous btw) and start arranging them. So much abundance! So much beauty!
    I have to tell you how much I love your blog's gorgeous!
    sending hugs...

  10. I agree with you about the simple joys. I love to pick flowers from my garden as well. Your picks are beautiful!


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