Monday, January 13, 2014

Flowers In The House Of Food And Felines: January 2014


It was that kind of day.

You know how one thing leads to another?

As long as I had flowers, I thought, I might as well have a dinner party.

I have a new neighbor and she and her father, who faithfully drives down from New Jersey almost every week to help her with the reno, need to be fed.

And fed well.  They've taken up floors, pulled down walls, rewired, enlarged the bathroom, stripped and painted the doors and planted a few trees in their spare time.

He has a rotator cuff tear ( well who doesn't), lucky for her, in his left arm, from the time the 800lb bathtub crashed down on him as they were attempting to remove it.

Yet, he keeps working.  At least until his surgery on January 21st.

So I shopped, cooked, cleaned and put some flowers about. Albeit in a more simple fashion than usual.

White anemones in the back bedroom, still unoccupied except by the cats.


  And in my bedroom, a bottle of poppies.
 They help me to have a
sleep.

The dining room smells heavenly with jasmine, narcissus, lilac, bits of lavender and rosemary from my garden ( who knew) white parrot tulips plus one white poppy.


And do you remember how I always like to have a little something-something on my kitchen windowsill to enhance dish washing?

 I got distraction and then some.
A row of double narcissus, fragrant and creamy

And a visit from the neighborhood peeping tom.


We'll all be coming around to visit you.

Don't draw your shades.

You never know where we'll pop up!

xo J


30 comments:

  1. What a kind neighbour you are! The best. Love your flowers - all of them - really light and fresh. But the delicate poppies are really pretty - and match the lamp perfectly! Have a good week. Abby x

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  2. I have been catching up on your posts Jane……. love the old photos.
    I've been sorting through my mother's old photos recently and it brings up so many memories and emotions.
    I'm sending some heat your way! x

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  3. The white parrot tulips are simply divine Jane xxx

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  4. Lovely lovely lovely. All of it. x

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  5. Oooh, I can just smell those fragrant flowers! They look so beautiful. So what was for dinner? Lucky neighbors :)

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  6. Jaaaannnee - anemones, poppies and narcissi in the same post, in the same house?? Blissed out over here with gorgeous images of my favourite blooms. Lovely start to my week, thank you! x

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  7. I can't wait to read all the posts:). And that arrangement with the jasmine is sublime.

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  8. I am waiting for my gardenias to bloom. My mother's gardenia has dozens of buds on it, and I can see the beginnings of buds on mine, too. It would be fabulous to have gardenia blossoms in the middle of winter.

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  9. Not a whole lot "flowering" in my house these days, but it's winter. Whatcha gonna do.

    Happy to participate as always!

    xoxox kat

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  10. Your simple flower arrangements are as lovely as the complex. Haiku and Walt Whitman--love them both. Your house is so warm and serene--looking at the pictures makes my grumpy self feel better.

    I'm reading a book I think you'd like: The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood.

    Peeping Tom looks like he could be a cousin to your kittys.

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    1. Peeping tom is really peeping Gus. he appears on window sills when he wants to come in.

      The kitchen window was a first. he knew I had my camera at the ready...

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    2. ah...so he goes around peeping on the neighbors...

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  11. Those anemones! to die for! and the narcissus! It smells wonderful. Glad all is well.

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  12. Gorgeous! I think I've mistaken anemones for poppies in the past, now I see the leaves on the stems of the anemones are the big difference. Thank you for educating me, Jane. xx

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  13. So pretty, as always! (And as I side note, I love the wall color in your guest room!)

    I was a little disappointed when I saw your post last week because I was out of town this past weekend and thought I wouldn't be able to participate. Then I realized that there were flowers at my sister's house that I had photographed so I was able to link up. :o) Yay!

    Have a great week, Flower Jane!

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  14. The narcissus with the lamb's ear is really pretty. Sorry to be a no-show for the party. Just couldn't get my act together. (Couldn't comment as my normal self.)

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    1. I forgot to mention I picked the lambs ear too. man that stuff is a survivor!
      Missed your contribution. Maybe next month?

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  15. Jane,
    As usual, your arrangements are spectacular! I particularly like the color combo in the bedroom photo. I can smell the fragrance of the arrangement in the dinning room.

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  16. The flowers are lovely and I wish you were MY neighbor. Sounds like you are a great one.
    I can smell all the flowers in my brain. (Is that possible?)

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  17. Love this idea and am finally getting around to participating. Yours are lovely, as usual, especially the poppies. Now off to visit everyone's flowers...

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  18. Every FITH you post is like a party! Always such attention to detail. You've sprung us with Spring already!

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  19. Your lovely flowers must smell so wonderful. Can't wait for the beautiful narcissus, just love their fragrance. And as always love the photos of the pretty kitties.

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  20. So pretty! The white anemones are so sculptural... Just beautiful! You are such a thoughtful neighbor. So enjoyed the FITH! Smiles...Susan

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  21. Love your post today Jane, and your friends are lovely ;)

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  22. Oh I feel spoilt looking at the blooms. They are fab. My 3
    Stems are small offerings but their scent makes up for it. Sinead x

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  23. Those poppies look like captured sunshine, and I do love white flowers. I imagine the narcissi are perfuming the house. And can't sign off without saying, my what a beautiful cat!

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  24. Too busy to join in this month, as you can tell by just catching up on Monday's posts today (Friday.) But I have your readers posts to enjoy since there are no flowers in this house at the moment.
    -Ray

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