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Mums, Sage, Seckel Pears and Rosemary

Flower Friday brings all the good things we found at the Hudson Farmers Market last Saturday with a mum thrown in for good measure. Herbs, fruits and vegetables can be such pretty things to weave into a table tableau. You can pluck a few leaves to use in cooking along the way while you enjoy their beauty at the table. I have become a big mum fan as they seem to be available here in the Hudson Valley at every turn. We often get in the car to go ‘exploring’ with no real plan or direction. Just drive around the back country roads meandering and seeing what we see. Often there are little roadside stands. Some attended and others with an honor system jar where you put in your money. At 5 to 10 bucks for a big plant of mums, I have quickly become a convert. Plus they come in tons of colors. Of course the creamy whites with the starting hint of yellow are a favorite, working well with all the green in the house. Cheers to the upcoming last week-end in October!



 

 

Zinnias with Sage

Herbs can add great texture to a flower arrangement. This time of year when so many herbs are growing like crazy, snip a few stems and intersperse them with some of your favorite blooms.  Here zinnias got the sage treatment.  Our rooftop herb garden brimming with lots of choices.  Rosemary is another particular favorite. Happy Flower Friday all!



 

 

Single Stems of Sage in Vintage Bottles

20120703-060140.jpg Our rooftop garden in town had a profusion of sage growing. I really wanted to bring some of that feathery soft green back inside. Our faithful vintage bottles would once again come to the rescue. I snipped 3 stems, and they were just enough to bring a hit of life to the area behind the sofa in the living room. Really any herb will do. I just love to be able to walk up to them and rub a leaf between my fingers, releasing a bit of the oil. There is just something about the simple act that I finding soothing. Using herbs in place of flowers is a great way add variety & color to a room, when blooms are not available, or you just want to mix it up a bit.