Monday, September 24, 2012

Flowers In The Autumnal House: September 2012


What a weekend, blue skies, puffy clouds, red quinoa and black bean salad, coffee with a stranger and now FITH.

It was difficult actually getting out and in the door to get the flowers.  Both the front and back doors are zealously guarded by a kitten just waiting for anyone to open a door a 1/4 of an inch.  Then zoom out the door and a merry chase begins.

GG is better at blocking. She used to be a goalie she likes to tell Gus, he won't get by her.

I didn't play soccer so the only thing I can block is an unwanted phone call. But if/when he gets out I can follow the big fluffy tail through the garden and then pounce.

Today I followed the tail and clipped some September blossoms, then combined them with a few stems of garden roses and snowberries from the shop.



The sedum, hydrangea, yarrow, fennel, bits of herbs and foliage are ours.


As is the kitten.

( GG says Lucy looks photoshopped in, rest assured I don't know how to do that)

The bedroom got a jug filled with that beautifuly scented white iris, verbena, mandevilla vine, lysimachia, echinacea, asclepias, hardy begonia and more herbs and berries.


I'm pretty sure you know these arrangements didn't go together as easily as usual.  There were kittens on the counter, knocking leaves and flowers on the floor, tasting things that weren't good and rushing into the back room to wash the  bad taste down with water. Phew.

The sweet potato I had found starting to bud a few weeks ago and had placed in a jar on the kitchen windowsill now resides on a high shelf in the loo.


They haven't found it here. 

Yet.

Once the counter was cleaned off and the floor swept clean of their mess I got to gather up the leftovers and make my favorite kind of arrangement, a nosegay.


And on the coffee table sits a packed pot of roses, hydrangea and berries from a coworker for my birthday.


Both Lucy and I love to look at it. Gus loves to pull the berries off and knock them around the floor.

We are all very tired from our day in the yard and are going to bed now. 

Hope to see you all bright and early.

If you hear a knock at the door and a meow or two, let us in.  We're here for the party.

And we ain't leaving till you throw us out.


40 comments:

  1. Love the sage leaves in the nosegay and the bedroom arrangement is just beautiful!

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  2. All lovely, Jane, but that bedroom bunch in its fine vase must be one of your nicest ever, with the perfectly placed ball of wool.

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    1. And you know that ball of yarn was there for one picture...that snatched away before it was batted away.

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  3. They are all beautiful but I do worry about the safety of that ball of wool and its neighbouring flowers!!!!

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    1. Jules,no worry. The wool is back in the basket under a magazine cover. I still worry about the flowers tho'...

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  4. Lucy does look air-brushed!
    I adore the arrangement with sedum, snowberries and hydrangea. They are all gorgeous in fact! x

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  5. Aww, you brought kitties to the party for entertainment.

    That sweet potato photo is genius. Love it!

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  6. Everything looks gorgeous, as usual. Love the nosegay and how in the world did you ever get that kitten to sit like that???? Now that is genius!

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  7. You have outdone yourself here. Not-photoshopped Lucy appears to be the same color as the rose. I really love the colors/shades/tones in that bouquet. The bedroom one is fabulous--so fun and whimsical. You've inspired me to poke around in my garden and try to do something more creative then sticking flowers in a vase. I'll be back later.

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  8. Wow, those are some of my very favourite SbC flower arrrangements - just gorgeous textures and combinations! And Lucy is a supermodel!

    My offering is pathetic this month I am very sorry to confess, but where there is a party there is a blogpost!;) xx

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  9. So pretty. You have the eye. I am soooooooooooooo jealous. Thanks for hosting. Can't wait to see what we get from down under! xoxo

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  10. Those are beautiful. And I've always wanted a yamquet:).

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  11. Jane, you have seriously spoilt us this month. The flowers are a plenty and very charming as too is Lucy. What a poser??!!!I missed last month but was determined to be here this month. I do hate missing a flower party. Sinead xx

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  12. Love all flowers especially the little posy. I did a sweet potato in a vase when I was a little kid. The vine grew around the window sills of a 5ft by 5ft kitchen nook. It was so very cool but my mom didn't like working around it. It was my first major experience growing plants. Thanks so much for hosting!

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  13. Your flowers are always so unique and striking. Plus that cat just makes the photos.....

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  14. I'm in! http://www.sprout-flowers.com/2012/09/flowers-at-home.html

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  15. She does look photoshopped in! Gorgeous photo, and I am so sighing at your lovely flower & herb mix-ups. They look so beautiful Jane. What are those pink berries? I'm late late late to the party this week - still hoping to join in later... Amanda xx

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    1. We call them snowberries, Symphoricarpos is their family name. They also grow in a pure, pure white.

      It's never too late to join in Amanda. it's a house party!

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  16. Jane, this is the prettiest collection of your lovely garden flowers yet. You've gone all out with these arrangements. I am so charmed by them!

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  17. wow! So beautiful photos! I was thinking the same that GG about
    Lucy´s photo. The arrangement with the coloured vase is amazing.
    And I like the potato too, we call it "boniato" and I love them :D

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  18. Kittens and flowers! Kittens and flowers! Kittens and flowers!

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  19. Love this "party," it's always so much fun to see such pretty flowers in such pretty houses! Thanks for hosting...OH and please don't tell the kitties that they are the stars of the show-it will go to their heads, LOL.

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  20. I came here from Marie's blog.And I see kittens!I think my little rascals are responsible for one of my vases.

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  21. Jane,
    All of your arrangements are just beautiful...it always reminds me that it was you that made me realize if you have anything outdoors you can probably make a little arrangement. You always take it to the next level, but I now look at just about anything in my yard as a possibility...well except leaves of three. I'm pretty sure we have some poison ivy or oak...something to stay away from anyway. And I agree with GG, Lucy does look photoshopped...I don't know how to do that either.
    xo
    annie

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  22. Hello Jane, sorry I haven't visited in a while, I have been taking a break. Your new little kitten is adorable. I love all your arrangements, but must say the sweet potato looks a little like some kind of alien life form! Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday, with much love, Linda x

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  23. That you to the lovely Annie from Lovely Things for introducing me to your blog. and how beautiful your arrangements are - I'm looking forward to following along and hopefully participating at some point.

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    1. It's the last Monday of the month.....unless it isn't. We'd love to have you join us.

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  24. Must keep kittens from using computer. We don't want them tipping over your fabulous looking sweet potato. No flowers here, but I do have a new succulent. It's quite charming and resembles some sort of nifty underwater plant.

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    1. Maybe we could see a picture of this new charming succulent....

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  25. The flowers were lovely... the sprouting sweet potato my favorite! The kittens are always a delight. Hopefully one day I will make it here on time!

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  26. None in my house this day. Are those oregano seeds I see?

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    1. They are. pretty think and lovely aren't they? Missed you this month.

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  27. What a lovely blog! I am not sure quite which route I took to get here, but I've made a note and I'll return. I've been picking flowers from my garden throughout the year, although the pickings are getting a little thin and rather repetitive now - lots of sedum, I can't bear to cut any of my anemones, though they do look lovely in the vase. But your vases are gorgeous. I'll try to join in next month, if that's allowed. I need to scroll back I think to see what the rules of engagement are!

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    1. The rules of engagement are": No Rules! Just link up with your URL, leave comment if you like and we come to visit you and you go and visit the others. It's win win.

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  28. Now I'm wishing that we hadn't eaten all the sweet potatoes at lunchtime! Beautiful roses - but Lucy is stealing the show!

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