Monday, March 18, 2013

Flowers In The Green House: March 2013


For the newly single Sunday can be a hard day.

If it's warm and sunny then the garden beckons.

But when the skies and grey and the air chilly, it's best to stay inside and fill the house with green(s).

The roommate, the Colonel, is in the Army reserves.

When she's not marching off to the Pentagon, she's home in South Bend, Indiana with her family, working at Notre Dame University.

And we all know nobody celebrates St. Patrick's Day like the Fighting Irish.

So to ease her loneliness I brought her a potato planted with clover.

Cause nothing says Erin Go Bragh like an Idaho.

Gus put his own stamp on a little green vase with a rose, hydrangea, mums, deciduous huckleberry and rosemary.
He's deff following in my footsteps. 
We put a vase of ranunculus and scabiosa in the bedroom.
In the living room a garden rose was left to open next to a magnolia branch.
Then we sat back and waited for some St. Patrick's Day magic.
And sure enough, along came a leprechaun.
And suddenly the room was full of rainbows and lucky charms.

He's magically delicious don't you know.


41 comments:

  1. Am so jealous. Gus already arranges flowers better than I do! And all so pretty. The Colonel is very lucky to have such a thoughtful roommate. Actually, she sounds quite interesting.

    You definitely want to avoid Lowe's and Home Depot on Sundays - seriously. Too depressing.

    You do sound like you are getting your groove back a bit. Lots of hugs. xoxo

    ps: You've already had nine visitors this morning. Where are their flowers?

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  2. The clover potato is cute but I love Gus' arrangement.

    Garden work already. We're expecting snow tonight. I'm likely to be shoveling tomorrow at this time.

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    1. I woke up to snow flurries this morning.

      Brrrr.

      Oh well another day I don't have to cut down the liriope. Yay!

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  3. Not sure I'll be in the garden for several more weeks. Very cold here in Toronto. Hope the roommate is working out OK. I can NEVER find ranunculous here which I find ridiculous....I love them and yours look so pretty.

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  4. Love the leprechaun! I have never seen a potato planted with anything.....great idea x

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  5. beautiful babe and arrangements!
    I have problems(sometimes)to understand your writing (you know, my english level...).
    Lots of love

    Alicia

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  6. I can smell the roses and rosemary - very much appreciated as I watch our snow fall outside. Happy spring. And a fine 'welcome back from Florida.'
    -Ray

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  7. I forgot to wear green yesterday and was pinched by several small leprechauns and one rather large one as well! The potato planter was quite clever. Hope the magic lingers at your house.

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  8. That potato planted with clover is awesome. I've never seen one--I'd think they'd be all over Boston where they take St. Patrick's Day seriously. (Do they drink beer at ND?)

    Great job, Gus! I imagine when he hits his late teens he'll buy an old panel truck and have a flower shop on wheels, kinda like a food truck, but with flowers.

    Why are Sundays so much longer than Saturdays? (is Monday your Saturday?)

    Cutest li'l trail blazer ever!

    xo Jen

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    1. They drink nothing but beer at ND. And I think that includes all the other days that aren't St. Patty's Day.

      Flowers? In your house?

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  9. Oh, yes, I love the clover in the potato. Very clever and charming!

    Are you sure Gus wasn't about to destroy that arrangement right after you snapped the pic? My cat Tres is more of a bouquet destroyer (eater, to be exact), but so far he's left today's alone. Nothing too grasslike in it, I guess.

    Your little leprechaun is adorable. So glad he could pay you a visit.

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    1. As long as the arrangements are compact Gus just likes to fluff the flowers and lay down around them.

      If they're tall he's swinging from the highest branch and then I'm mopping up water.

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  10. Dear Flwrjane..... so sorry to hear that you are newly single - sending you love and hugs through the blogosphere...So much has happened / changed for you since I dropped by and I am also sorry for leaving it so long... Have a new blog too - did you know? Just felt I should come by and say hello after seeing your name crop up on Lisa's blog and I see why now ....... S XXXX

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    1. Sarah, No I didn't know you had a new blog but I'll head on over.

      Shocking, right?

      We move on. Slowly.

      xo

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  11. Thanks for the smiles this morning, Jane.

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  12. I'm jealous of your cute little leprechaun!

    Potato and clover--never seen it before but so appropriate.

    Gus shows great promise--might watch him around baby's breath. I had a cat who loved to nibble BB in bouquets :)

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  13. Love your leprechaun! So adorable
    Gus is ready to work in the shop, no?

    Thanks for hosting-love seeing everyone so ready for spring!

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    1. We tried to bring Gus into the shop but as soon as he got out of his cage he was down the stairs, into the basement and lost for like ever.

      He's more of a work from home guy:-)

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  14. Dear Jane,
    Greetings frim your optimistic follower in Colorado
    and thanks for your great pix, ideas and FITH. I
    just forwarded a link to 15 friends, so your large circle
    may continue to widen. Sundays are actually wonderful
    when single; i guess i dont understand our society's
    obsession with couplehood! You do what you want, when you want and how you (one) wants and when they need it, you reach out and help others. Have you been back
    to that lovely Episcopal Church, I hope? I love the serenity of quiet Sundays and I never say or think "alone"
    -- I prefer "solo" or "by myself," more positive. Find your solo strength, thank the Goddess for your good health
    and keep on sharing with us, please!
    Peace be with you,

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    1. Thank you for your inspiring words! And I usually love my alone time, but Sunday was my one full day with the GF, so it takes some getting used to.

      My solo strength is just a heartbeat away.

      xo

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    2. Jane, as the old cliches say, time really does heal. it seems to me, youre getting there and making good progress, steadily. My mother was the Queen of the Cliche and today is/would have been her birthday, so I will just quote one of her favorite cliches, Time heals all wounds. She loved watching the early forsythia bloom & often brought f. and quince branches inside to bloom in the house. Stay strong and keep on keepin' on. Peace

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  15. Sorry for a few typos; these tiny phone screens are tricky. Mr Baby is just adorable this day and i, too, love the clover-filled potato. Temps in 50s-60s here & we are "hands in the dirt" in Denver, happily.

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  16. Love the spud arrangements. Heck it is all great, especially the little trail blazer. Hope spring comes to your neck of the woods very soon. Thank you for hosting!

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  17. Your post is so sweet, and green, and peaceful. But what was for dinner?

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    1. Strangely enough lentil soup. Wasn't up to the whole corned beef and cabbage dinner.

      though I would love some soda bread...

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  18. Love, just love those clover arrangements!!!

    C├ęcile

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  19. Can I do FITH tomorrow instead? I've done trains and a partridge today, and the horror of seeing myself (or worse, The Gardener) turn into a train spotter has left me in a state of mild collapse.....

    Your flowers are lovely. Our roses come from Africa at this time of year, and they are just AWFUL.....

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    1. Of course you can,I like to keep the party going as long as possible.

      I read the trains. Did I miss a bird? I'm coming back!

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  20. Thank you for providing this lovely, ongoing distraction.

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  21. I give up. How does one root the shamrocks, but not the potato. Wonders and laughter never ceases at your house! And what a way to end the day with a visit from Mr. Baby. How nice.

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  22. Love Gus's titivating of your arrangement! And what a gorgeous baby!! Love the green ranunculus. Look after yourself. Thanks for doing this XX

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  23. How clever... clover in a potato...Lucky Colonel! Will wonders never cease? Gus is such a talented fella with a great eye for design. What can I say about your scrumptilicious little munchkin? Too beautiful for words... am so glad the little trail blazer has covered the Appalachian. Thanks for the party... so good to hear that you are getting your smile back! Warm hugs from South Georgia...s~

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  24. Can I come along late with Rachel? It has been a bit of a day here and I am too sleepy to post - tomorrow! Xxx

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  25. Jane,
    HELP, I can't get in to join the party. Christa

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  26. Well, my sole rosebud survived (shh!Jane) and I've posted it today.
    Off now to see what beauties others have.

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  27. Jane - someone just sent me the link for this poem - http://scenthive.com/2009/06/13/peonies-a-poem-by-mary-oliver/ -'Peonies' by Mary Oliver. It made me think of you. Hope you like it. Abby X (She reads it on You Tube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnaP7ig69go (at 3.33) )

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  28. Been so busy I missed the invite, just catching up on my reading! Either way no flowers in this house, the late to the party Winter refuses to go. Love your clover (clever) potato and Gus is a natural, must have your genes. The leprechaun is just so adorable,magically delicious!

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  29. Jane, I am a complete tit. After promising to be here...I forgot! Sorry. I was visiting Abby at Vintage Tea Time, saw her link and thought oh ****!
    I promise to have my wits about me next time. I love the clover in the potato, very cute. Gus's arrangement is fabulous. Your little nephew is looking truly gorgeous. Much love to you, Linda x

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  30. dearest jane, i'm sorry i missed this flower party again. it has been a helluva year...as my mother would say. i hope to be back on track soon. sending lots of love your way. and that potted potato is the cutest thing ever! xoxo

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