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Blooming Hyacinth Bulbs

Flower Friday brings us a forced hyacinth bulb that sent us off with a flourish the other day from Hawthorne as we headed to Seattle. Access to flowers in the country is not the easiest, so I get creative as all get out at the grocery store. At this stage in the game, I really relish the challenge of keeping the house in blooms while we are there. Flowers are like food to me. They feed my soul, being constant inspiration while bringing tons of joy. I was over the moon when I spotted these clear bulb vases already filled with a bulb. To me seeing the roots can be equally beautiful to the blooms. So in this case, the clear container could not have been more perfect. First we had them on the dining table, then I dotted the blooms around the house. Bits of the Spring ahead on those chilly, chilly Hudson Valley days. Have a lovely January weekend everyone!



 

 

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.



 

 

Fresh Snow, Another Hyacinth and Sardines

I find it fascinating and comforting knowing what makes up a day, when reflecting on it the following day–all the little bits & bobs that occur, all the interactions, the food eaten, the conversations. One other way in this modern age is looking back at images. I woke up yesterday to this image in an e-mail from caretaker Bill. He knows how much we love the snow and a fresh dusting occurred. The lions looking regal standing at attention keeping watch with a coat of snow.

The day was full of meeting folks for interviews for the new position we have opening up at Watson Kennedy. But I snapped the above image right before I left the apartment as one of the hyacinth from the image I posted yesterday had grown so tall and fallen over, so I clipped it and the bloom now lives by the bathtub. White flowers against the black walls are a soothing contrast I find super visually appealing.

Not only were interviews taking place, but lots and lots of new product is arriving from lines I found last week at The Fancy Food Show, so there has been a flurry of unpacking activity taking place. I could not resist snapping these French sardine tins from Brittany. Each filled with two cans of olive oil packed sardines. That was my day in images. A full, fun day filled with tons of variety and entertaining to see what ended up being documented in photos. Hope your Saturday is grand!



 

 

Prized Hyacinth 

The sweetest little potted hyacinth that was a gift from our beloved Catherine the other morning at breakfast slipped ever so perfectly into a vintage trophy from our collection and just made the living room sing. Often the smallest details have the greatest impact visually. The moment I snapped this shot, I knew it would be our Flower Friday bloom for you all to enjoy. Have the BEST week-end! T



 

 

Wintery Whites

There is just something I find wonderfully soothing about white blooms. Massed together, they create a symphony of beauty. A quick few snaps yesterday at one of my favorite flower stalls captured both hyacinth and tulips. Wintery whites on a chilly, rainy day but they have me thinking of Spring on this Flower Friday.





 

 

Beauty Abounds

The grocery store floral section had the sweetest hyacinth bulbs started in clear containers that found their way to our dining table. The beauty of the roots captivating me as much as the bloom. I think there might be a metaphor for life rolling around that thought. To see it all and to appreciate it all. Cheers to that on this crazy snowy Hudson Valley day!  



 

 

Happy Hyacinth In Any Time Zone 

My oh my, what a sight to see those buckets of hyacinth last week at the Market on a chilly, rainy Seattle Winter day. Pure heaven. Looking at the images while in snowy New York makes me think of Spring on this Flower Friday.




 

 

The Year in Flowers

Thought it might be fun to make this last Flower Friday of the year a look back of the previous 12 months and the blooms that were enjoyed.  Flowers are like air to me, I need them to survive and thrive.  I know that might sound a little dramatic, but I really do gain so much inspiration from them, even the tiniest stem.  Their beauty and often simplicity, finding a very special place in my heart. I know many of you feel the same way, as you often tell me of your joy in the flower posts when I chat with you in person at the shops or out & about.  So I bring you flowers. XX, T







 

 

Buckets of Hyacinth

Spring is in the air! My Saturday morning stroll of the Market had me giddy from all the buckets of hyacinth I laid my eyes on. Their unmistakable scent wafting about. The variety of colors is what grabbed my attention most. Hyacinth, in many shades, for you this fine Sunday.

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Hyacinth Happiness on a Rainy/Snowy Day

20160124-054233.jpg Yesterday was quite rainy & bleak in Seattle, we had news that our flight today to New York was cancelled, records amounts of snow fell in parts of the country, and yet, this solo bucket of hyacinth at the Market yesterday turned Wintery thoughts into Spring. Please don’t get me wrong, I love the season we are in, and I love the snow, and most days I even like the rain, but the sight of those glorious blooms made so darn happy for the flowery days ahead. Hyacinth happiness…

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