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Ted’s Tip No. 144

Sometimes one single magnificent bloom is all you need to light up a room.



When Just One Will Do

Flower Friday is just one spectacular bloom that seemed to last forever. Placed in front of a mirror in one of the bookcases, it did double duty in the beautiful department. Each day the color seemed to change just a tad, opening up just a bit more, loving all the individual attention it was getting. Lighting the candle each eve when we returned, it seemed to greet us and welcome us home.



Dancing Dahlias

Flower Friday has me savoring every last dahlia as the season begins to wrap up. A bunch of simple fluttery white caught my eye, each living in a single stem vase at the end of the dining table. Their dance enjoyed with each meal and each time we walked by the table. 



Sometimes, All You Need Is One

The light streaming through the shutters ever so beautifully seeming to light up the fluttery single stem tulip from the inside out.



Ever So Happy Calico Gardens Yellow Dahlias

Yellow gets a bit more attention this week as Flower Friday is all about a variety of yellow dahlias from Calico Gardens on Vashon Island.  We had our friend Cara visiting from Florida so she and Mister Sive took a drive around the island while I prepared lunch and they made a stop and loaded up the back of the car with a jaunty variety of yellow dahlias.  The blooms as well as the 3 of us made the ferry crossing the next day and they found a happy home in the city scattered all around in single stem vases in an assortment of shapes & sizes.



Reds & Yellows

I love when things flow together, both in daily life as well as design. Such was the case this past week-end, when the tomatoes we were having as part of the meal were pulling out the same colors as the dahlias that were dancing down the middle of the table.  A lucky coincidence but one of those in life that I love to revel in.



Garden Clippings 

Flower Friday is not so much about a certain type of flower or bloom, but rather, about herbs & leaves and all that good stuff.  Sometimes a little hit of green is all you need to spiff up a space.  Above & below, a little shelf at the Home store with clippings from plantings on the island brought to the shop for bit of visual enjoyment.  The shapes creating a visual whole from many individual stems.  Often, the leaves are just as beautiful as the blooms.  

Yesterday morning I wrote that I felt a part of my soul was French.  And then another senseless tragedy happens from what was to be a joyous day.  My heart aches once again for my/our beloved France.  I am beginning to run out of words to describe the sorrow we all feel from so many of these horrible actions.  But I will go on posting of beauty and of love.  For we must all revel in joy.  They can not, and must not, take that away from us.  



These Became These

20160212-035256.jpg The first thing I did Tuesday morning after flying back Monday eve, was head to the Market to pick up fresh flowers. My favorite tulip vendor brimming with options and once again the orange parrot tulips won out. Dotted here and there in primarily single stem vases as well as a bundle together on the ottoman, they have been opening beautifully doing their poetic dance welcoming us back.









Single Stem Vase Lily Love

20151130-074831.jpg And just like that, we woke up to these. The night before they were all closed up ever so tightly, and overnight they burst into beautiful blooms, with the living room filled with their scent. The dance of the lilies. To be enjoyed as we begin our week. Just so good I had to share…



A Single Scented Geranium Stem

20150813-051235.jpg Single stem vases do not always have to be filled with a flower. Sometimes a stem from a plant will do. The scented geranium in pots out on the island are going crazy this time of year with all the fab sunshine we have been getting. They get leggy and we have to cut them back. Those clippings are like gold to me. This verdant stem making the ferry crossing, finding a happy home in a vintage apothecary jar in the living room at The Gainsborough. Looking at it makes me so giddy I could jump up & down and do a happy dance. How funny, I was trying to type the word ‘down’ and it autocorrected to ‘dork’ which just makes me laugh. I’ll take that. If loving a scented geranium makes me a dork, then so be it. Insert a big laughing smile at this early hour a bit after 5. My point with all of this really is, if you have access to plants or tree branches and they make your heart sing, cut a piece off, bring it inside and put it into a single stem vase. You will be happy you did. And I promise I won’t think you are a dork…