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Zinnias with Carrot Greens

Flower Friday brings a colorful bunch of zinnias mixed in with the greens of carrot tops. I am a big fan of mixing zinnias with overflowing late Summer herbs, such as rosemary. It speaks of the season to me and I quite like the contrast between the two. But I was having no luck finding rosemary at the farmers market on Saturday. I walked by a booth and one of the women working was helping a customer with a big bunch of carrots. She asked her if she wanted the long luscious carrot top greens or if she should snap them off. The customer passed on the greens and I swooped in and said, “I’ll take those if you are just going to toss them” and she kindly passed me the bundle. Done! These would work swimmingly in place of the rosemary. The leaves such a vibrant green and just so darn pretty. They got tucked here & there in the vase and the zinnias placed in around all that green goodness.



The First August {Flower Friday}

Zinnias always remind me of August. Warm to hot sunny days and vibrant to washed out colors like the sun has bleached them out a bit. Divine and happy in every way. All sorts of signs of Summer peaking and I want us all to revel in it. From the geraniums producing sweet flowers, to the celery at the farmers market that is too pretty to pass us and rivals any bouquet, to the dahlias that have so much stage presence that just a few blooms will light up a room. Oh and I forgot to post a few weeks ago the blooming jasmine outside our window in town, so today is the day. You can also see how much it has grown inside the window too. The apartment has smelled heavenly for quite some time. I wish you all a lovely first weekend in August Flower Friday in your part of the globe.



Ted’s Tip No. 161

Zinnias this time of the season are just a riotous profusion of color, a symbol of August in their tones. Mix them with herbs, like rosemary, for a simple arrangement that is a nod to Summer.



Ted’s Tip No. 113

Add a few fresh sprigs of herbs to your next vase of flowers for a little unexpected kick.



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!



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.

























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.



Fiery Zinnias

20150906-065031.jpg These flowers just felt like the day. Yesterday was a lovely Seattle September day. The sun was shining, the air was a bit crisp, and these zinnias were just grand. I love the gracefulness of the first few weeks of this month as Summer does its final dance. You see it and you feel it. These zinnias were a reminder of the beauty of the last few months and a look ahead to the specialness that is Autumn. I think that it what most captivates me about flowers–they capture a moment in time, while also conjuring up memories of the past and a glimpse into the future.



Zesty Zinnias

20150728-055947.jpg There are not lots of Z words that are descriptors. Zesty popped into my head, and seemed somewhat appropriate. I have never seen zinnias quite this color. Stunning. The light hitting them just perfectly. Made my day. Hope they make yours. Zesty it is!




Shades of Green

20130903-082842.jpg The Market this Saturday was just swimming in zinnias. What a happy flower they are. They come in just about every color, but the green really spoke to me on the day. A green table for Labor Day dinner it shall be. Zinnias are one of the flowers that I really like mixing herbs with. Our buckets of rosemary have just gone nuts this season, so there was tons of it to cut. The darker green would look great against the vibrant greens of the zinnias. A smattering of green apples that were a heck of a deal at the grocer as they were sold in a big bag, as well as green votive glasses added to the mix. All set for an evening meal on the deck watching the boats sail by, savoring the moment, and remembering just what an incredibly beautiful Summer we have had here in the Pacific Northwest.




A Zest for Zinnias

20120910-101037.jpg The Market was just swooning with luscious, colorful zinnias. These are such great blooms because they are so hearty and have such a long life after cutting. My favorite way to use them is mixed in with fresh herbs, like rosemary. Mixed together the zinnias and herbs create a lovely spirited end of Summer arrangement. But then, they also look pretty darn fab just as they are, in a simple vase, either solo with one color or mixed together for a riot of color.