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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







 

 

Flower Friday from Hawthorne 

Use what you have, be creative, and enjoy the very most out of all of it–my motto for flowers, and certainly for life, as well.  Flower Friday comes to you from Hawthorne where at the moment it is a spectacularly sunny, crisp Autumn October day.  There is a mixture of grocery store, farmers market and things culled from the property blooms in the house–hydrangea, mums and lilies.  They all make me wildly happy.  I hope they bring you a bit of visual enjoyment too!



 

 

Hot, Happy Hawthorne Hydrangea 

When we pulled up to the house when we first arrived, the hydrangea were looking hot and in serious need of a big drink.  It had been quite some time since a big rain had hit.  The buds were still super tight.  Last year at the exact same time they were in full bloom.  A few days of heavy rain since we have been here + a few good waterings along with many more sunny days has them perked up and looking pretty swell.  Each day they open more and more, as if right on cue for Flower Friday.  




 

 

Happy Hydrangea

        The above gift of a mixed bouquet of hydrangeas from the yard of my friend Dana is the Flower Friday capture.  She actually gave us these several weeks ago and they are still going strong. 
        Happy start of July everyone!



         

         

        Repetition & Ritual and a Single Bloom

        20160201-072108.jpg Repetition often plays a key element in design. It can also feed into our rituals we in regards to our homes. It can be incredibly soothing, for both the eye and the soul. One of mine at Hawthorne is a single stem of hydrangea in the guest bathroom to the right of the sink. I just like the scale and the color of the flower in the room. I like washing my hands and admiring the bloom. Often, hydrangea have hits of blue and green going on. This room is the only space in the house that is not green. The previous owner had installed just the sweetest tiles in the floor with little blue rounds running throughout, and pulled the exact blue out for the wall color. We liked it all quite a bit, so it was the only room that did not get a splash of green. My point with all of this really is, if you find a spot you visually/emotionally enjoy a flower, place one there often. The amount of joy that will bring is pretty darn awesome.



         

         

        Day Trois in a Year of Flowers

        I promise day three will conclude our flower tour of the year. It has been such a treat choosing the images for this re-cap. It makes me so appreciative of all the places I find blooms–the Market, the grocery store, our yard, floral shops, farmers markets. I am always on the hunt for what looks the freshest and most interesting. As I mentioned the other day, the joy they bring is immeasurable.

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        20151228-040550.jpg There you have it! A year full of flowers and stems and leaves. I look forward to sharing many more along the way in the new year.



         

         

        The Flower Love Continues…

        The flower love continues with more, more, more of the sumptuous blooms that filled the year. Whether massed together in a big bunch or solo running down a table, they bring so much added life to our life.

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        20151227-114621.jpg That 20 did not even get us to the end of Summaaaa. More tomorrow. Hope your Sunday is just lovely…



         

         

        The Year in Flowers

        It is that time of year when we start looking back as we begin to look ahead at a new year. Flowers play such a large part in my day to day and bring me such immense happiness. I love sharing the blooms and stalks and leaves with you all. Whether it be a big bunch of tulips, a bundle of kale, a vase full of radish leaves, or a single dahlia stem–there is so much natural beauty around us each day, I just like taking a moment to take it all in. Here are a few of those moments from this year.

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        20151226-081217.jpg Oh my gosh, choosing is not easy, and I am still in Spring! The flower love will continue tomorrow with more blooms, and maybe even the day after that…

        Happy Saturday all! If you celebrated Christmas, I hope it was all just grand. I am out the door to work the Market shop today, so if you are in the hood, stop by and say hi. Our ‘After Christmas Holiday Sale’ begins today in both shops. 50% off all holiday related goods such as–ornaments, cards, holiday candles, wrap & ribbon.



         

         

        The Calmness of White Flowers

        There is a calmness I feel around white flowers. A soothing vibe that draws me to them. All year long, really, but even more so during the chillier months. With the busyness of the season upon us, I am always looking for calming & soothing anything to add to my day. Here are a few white blooms to get us started.

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        Morning Light & Blooms

        20151012-095831.jpg We arrived to Ghent last evening, after a smooth day of travel. The Autumn colors turning deeper as we drove north to the Hudson Valley. Woke this morning to amazing light pouring in. This is always a reminder why all those extraordinary painters fled here to paint, the light just magical. I could not wait to go out and snip the remaining hydrangea that have not started to naturally dry on the stem. I love those too, but there were still a few grand buds that needed to be appreciated on this stay. As the house awakens around us, as do we, it welcomes us back with a warm embrace. “Hello house, oh how we have missed you!” is always my welcome as we walk up the stairs when we first arrive.

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