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Paperwhites, Hyacinth Bulbs, Hydrangea and Carnations

Flower Friday is our flower laden supper table last night. We made our way back to Hawthorne and are determined to find joy in all the little things. While still in a haze, you all know how happy it makes me to set a fun table. While thoughts and stories about my mom are ever present, we are determined to savor the last of our Twelve Days of Christmas celebrations. So the house was filled with the scent of garlic and saffron last night. Geranium leaf placemats from the shop have been a fun addition. Then it was about layering all sorts of grocery store flower finds along with pots of paperwhites caretaker Bill picked up for us before we arrived on Christmas Day. The blooms starting to open, releasing their heavenly scent. Then lighting some taper candles and the table was set.



 

 

Carnation Love

Flower Friday brings us a big bundled bunch of gloriously green carnations. We did a big grocery shop yesterday and there they were in all their ruffly glory at the Price Chopper in Chatham. So good I just could not pass them up. I have mentioned before finding flowers in the country can be a challenge, so grocery flower departments often come to the rescue. Options can be slim, but I always look for one type of bloom that looks healthy and pick out a profusion of them. Have a lovely last week-end of the year everyone!



 

 

Red Carnations In a Pinch

I know carnations often get a bad rap.  But bunched together tightly in a grouping of one color, they really can be quite lovely.
The buying trip to New York was amazing but by Saturday after I got back to Seattle and worked a few days at the shops, I was beat.  So I missed my ritual stroll through the Market where I pick up flowers for the week-end.  I hung out at WestWard that day and had a ‘nothing’ day, where I did nothing but read, nap, and nap some more.  I love nothing days.  We had guests arriving for Sunday supper at 2 the next day. TPS had the meal handled, so I made a quick run to the grocery store that morning, hoping to find dahlias, but, no luck.  The red carnations just shouting at me to give them a try.  I cut away all the extra on the stem and just concentrated on having the bloom be the star. The flower is quite pretty and having all of them massed together further brings out their beauty.  I did 2 tall glasses and 2 short glasses filled with the red carnations.  Not back for 10 bucks!  The blue whale we sell at the shops was the centerpiece and the flowers flanked the whale on both sides.  They worked out just perfectly giving the dahlias a run for their money.