Violets

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

― St. Therese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower”

"When you talk to me, I smell violets.” - L.M. Montgomery,  Anne of Windy Poplars

"When you talk to me, I smell violets.” - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars

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Modest Grace

“I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace…Their faint, delicate scent is refinement itself; and is there anything in the world more charming than the sprightly way they hold up their little faces to the sun. I have heard them called bold and flaunting, but to me they seem modest grace itself, only always on the alert to enjoy life as much as they can…” ― Elizabeth von Arnim

Something happens to my heart when I am here — especially when the tulips are blooming!

Something happens to my heart when I am here — especially when the tulips are blooming!

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Muguet de mai

« Un joli brin de muguet pour le bonheur toute l'année! » - Proverbe français

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Color of the Month

“Be different. Be original. Nobody will remember a specific flower in a garden filled with thousands of the same yellow flower, BUT they will remember the one that managed to change its color to purple.” - Suzy Kassem

You may have noticed that each month this year, I have featured hues of a particular color — blue in January, red in February, green in March, yellow in April, and now purple in May. It seems the logical choice as violets are popping up in the back yard, lilacs will soon be blooming, and sunsets become more and more vibrant. I spied these purple hepatica on a hike with Piper in Lapham Peak on Sunday.

You may have noticed that each month this year, I have featured hues of a particular color — blue in January, red in February, green in March, yellow in April, and now purple in May. It seems the logical choice as violets are popping up in the back yard, lilacs will soon be blooming, and sunsets become more and more vibrant. I spied these purple hepatica on a hike with Piper in Lapham Peak on Sunday.

Week 15 - Inspiration: Anonymous

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” - Virginia Woolf

Taken during the 2019 Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum #dogwoodweek15 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52

Taken during the 2019 Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum #dogwoodweek15 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52

Art in Bloom 2019

"All art is but imitation of nature." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. This year’s Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum featured so many calla lilies, air plants, and rather literal floral interpretations of the art.

What a fun and creative interpretation of Calder’s  Just a Sumac to You, Dear  mobile

What a fun and creative interpretation of Calder’s Just a Sumac to You, Dear mobile

Maybe a bit obvious, but a beautiful arrangement to accompany Picasso’s  Le Coq de la Libération

Maybe a bit obvious, but a beautiful arrangement to accompany Picasso’s Le Coq de la Libération

The judges’ second place choice

The judges’ second place choice

It wasn’t a winner, but I was drawn to this reversed construction of Ellsworth Kelly’s minimalist sculpture,  Curve VI . I especially loved how the zip ties added to the texture of the piece.

It wasn’t a winner, but I was drawn to this reversed construction of Ellsworth Kelly’s minimalist sculpture, Curve VI. I especially loved how the zip ties added to the texture of the piece.

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I also quite liked this one, especially the little bowl of allium in the shape of the dandelion sculpture. Three years ago,  this interpretation  of the same sculpture was my best in show.

I also quite liked this one, especially the little bowl of allium in the shape of the dandelion sculpture. Three years ago, this interpretation of the same sculpture was my best in show.

This painting is chosen every year and each year’s arrangement is so different. This year’s interpretation won the People’s Choice award. I thought it should also win best in scent — those hyacinth were so fragrant!

This painting is chosen every year and each year’s arrangement is so different. This year’s interpretation won the People’s Choice award. I thought it should also win best in scent — those hyacinth were so fragrant!

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This arrangement took home the judges’ (and Nan’s) first prize.

This arrangement took home the judges’ (and Nan’s) first prize.

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Inherent Excellence

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around a lake, a composing as the body tires, a stop to see hepatica, a stop to watch, a definition growing certain and a wait within that certainty … Perhaps there are times of inherent excellence.” - Wallace Stevens

It really feels like spring when the first hepatica appears in our woods.

It really feels like spring when the first hepatica appears in our woods.

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French Friday: Les Mimosas

« Véritables boules d'or parfumées, les mimosas en fleurs attirent le regard de très loin. Non contents d'illuminer le jardin à un moment où ce dernier préfère le repos, ils embaument l'air d'effluves incroyables. »

- Parfum du soleil, La Route des Mimosas - Grasse, France

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One of the first signs of spring in France, is the appearance of the brilliantly yellow and fragrant mimosa. It’s the French equivalent to spotting your first robin. As early as February, you’ll find them dripping from branches in Provence and along the Côte d’Azur and offered in great bundles in the markets of Paris.

French Friday: Fleurs fanées

« Sache que la fleur la plus belle est aussi la plus tôt fanée. Sur son parfum penche-toi vit. L’immortelle n’a pas d’odeur. »

- André Gide

It’s one of the things I love most about Paris — you never know when you’re going to stumble upon something beautiful. On the morning of my birthday, we were walking down the rue Cambon to pay our respects to  Karl  at Chanel when we witnessed the changing of the  fleurs.  Apparently these lovely white tulips (my favorites!), pale pink ranunculus, and purple and white anemones were too wilted to stand before the formidable Mademoiselle so they were replaced with fresh white hydrangeas (another favorite) and calla lilies (not a fan). Still, I couldn’t help but feel like these discarded beauties were like a birthday bouquet that are now preserved forever in my memory and on my blog.

It’s one of the things I love most about Paris — you never know when you’re going to stumble upon something beautiful. On the morning of my birthday, we were walking down the rue Cambon to pay our respects to Karl at Chanel when we witnessed the changing of the fleurs. Apparently these lovely white tulips (my favorites!), pale pink ranunculus, and purple and white anemones were too wilted to stand before the formidable Mademoiselle so they were replaced with fresh white hydrangeas (another favorite) and calla lilies (not a fan). Still, I couldn’t help but feel like these discarded beauties were like a birthday bouquet that are now preserved forever in my memory and on my blog.

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