This day began with me donning gloves and cleaning the bathroom at work after a young boy spent some time in there, but failed to use the toilet –for any of his needs. Enough said. My next work debacle included several hours spent gathering data on a spreadsheet to supply to our auditors, only to lose the document in the bowels of the computer, never to be seen again. Such is the life of a non-profit executive. Glamorous, it is not.
But speaking of glamour, and on a much happier note, it’s Flowers In The House over at Jane’s. So I headed out to my fading yard after dark, to see what I could collect for an early autumn bouquet to bring to the party. I tucked some sedum, dogwood leaves, caladium and red fountain grass fronds into a tall marbly vase that was a wedding gift.
More sedum, hydrangea, lavender stalks, a few stragglers from the asters, and some wintercreeper clippings went into a pottery vase that I rescued many years ago from a discard pile outside the ceramics lab at college. I rather like the scorch marks.
Be sure to stop on over to Jane’s at SmallButCharming and check out the lovely flowers from around the world!
All day yesterday and through the night a gentle rain fell on the garden. This afternoon the dog and I, and a multitude of mosquitoes, took a tour to see what’s what.
The petite hostas rimmed in lime green have lovely purple blooms.
Two years ago I planted a hibiscus that was a gift or random giveaway. Last year it graced me with two lovely pink blooms. This year there are no less than 80 blooms on it! I can’t wait for the spectacular show.
I’m enjoying a rare day off, right in the middle of the week, and it gives me a chance to join Jane’s Flowers In the House party. I’m definitely late to the party, but this is what vacation days are for, and it seems too fun not to join in.
We inherited a bedraggled hydrangea when we moved in 8 years ago. I love the way the blooms fade like watercolors from blue to pink. By summer’s end they’ll be green. I tucked in a woodland fern that grows in the same bed.
Ordinarily, at this time of year, in this part of the world, at this time of early morning,
the sun would already be casting uncomfortable heat.
But last night i slept with a blanket and today the first rays of sun against the house are countered by a breeze that calls for a sweater.
Grateful, I ease into the cool morning, coffee in hand, while the cat lounges beside me.