July 12, 2016
Portraits in the Garden
These smiles required seventeen years of marriage to create, but the bouquet was quick and easy. First I laid a stem of peony foliage on the table, then spread spikes of 'May Night' sage (Salvia), 'Venice Blue' speedwell (Veronica) and 'Walker's Low' catmint (Nepeta) on top. Next came a few stems of 'Caesar's Brother Siberian iris. Then I added stems with rounded flowers from 'Totally Tangerine' geum and 'Moulin Rouge' astrantia, plus some fluffy lady's mantle (Alchimella mollis). Finally I set a couple of 'Morning Lilac' intersectional peony blooms on top and tied the stems with raffia. It was easy to adjust the flowers as they lay on the table, and the bouquet photographed well because it was flat and one-sided.
Reality check: while gardening I usually look awful in a sweaty t-shirt with dirt smudges on my face, a few scratches from rose thorns on my arms or legs (I'm such a clutz), grime under my fingernails even when I remember gloves, and twigs sticking in my hair while it's falling out of a ponytail. No makeup, no hairspray, no pretty dress. But this photo accurately captures the joy I feel in my garden, so thanks Amber for nudging me to do this project!
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