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Friday, April 7, 2017

Floral Inspirations



Bloggers are the best people! Write about something as un-glamorous as cleaning up your act and you still get the sweetest comments. Thanks so much for the words of support. It's going to be an endless effort. But seeing the progress keeps me going.




The quieter side of life has more of my attention these days, and I am taking pleasure in the recent rains making the periwinkle perk up. It is a subtle bloom that I never thought to use as a cut flower. Until now.




I used a creamy vase that seems to echo the vine, and a new teacup trio with the same suggestion to show them off.




I also added this lavender hued Russian Sage next to the creeping myrtle in my patio scene because I have seen its spectacular bloom around town in mid summer. And it can suffer the neglect. Some folks here confuse it with lavender.




I may do some under plantings to see how long they last before the sage blooms. The heat can get intense out here.




I have been searching Pinterest pics for dooryard gardens like those in the countryside and alley ways of Europe. Especially France. Wherever you go there is always something blooming in a pot or more at the door. And my new book is also providing loads of inspiration for that!




By now many of you have seen this gorgeous book by Georgianna Lane featured around blog town. It is one of my major inspirations this spring, and you can see more of the breathtaking photography at the website link here. It will knock your flip flops off!




One little shot from its dreamy pages . . .




It is also the perfect occasion to show you my new "Summer Glory" trio. 










Triple the inspiration!




Taking a minute to jot a birthday note on this luscious rose card from a museum shop. 





A little snippet of vintage lace elevates a simple tea break.





And it's all about the little things. . . .




























Wishing you a lovely spring weekend!

Jacqueline









18 comments:

Bernideen said...

Back in the early 90's when dried flowers were the rage I sold so much dried Russian Sage. I also had it in my garden in Colorado and warn you - it doesn't like a lot of water. Isn't that nice! Lovely posting!

Marilyn Miller said...

Yes, it is all about the little things. Love the new teacup. Oh periwinkle always reminds me of my grandfather. He had it growing all around his house. It is beautiful in the cream vase.

sweet violets said...

What lovely Spring color!!!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Periwinkle is one of my favorites. It looks so lovely in your sweet pitcher with your pretty new tea set. The book looks so inspiring....Love the vignette. xx Karen

Art and Sand said...

I need to head to the nursery for Russian Sage and Barnes & Noble for Paris in Bloom.

Sandra Lambiotte said...

Lovely post! I am especially fond of your beautiful tea cup and saucer - so pretty! Wonderful inspiration!

Rose L said...

Love the teacup set! It so great to be able to bring the outdoors in to enjoy!

Katie Mansfield said...

Mine periwinkle is done for the year but I will have to remember to clip next year. It is darling.

sarah said...

So much loveliness!

Cheryl Porada said...

Lovely post today a Jacqueline! đź’ś

donna baker said...

I collect chintz. It makes me smile as does your little flower pot.

Monika Bon said...

Inspiring, you could use a nice flowerbed.

Jeanie said...

I Can't tell you what lovely hope this post gives me for spring. The Summer Glory trio is divine -- simple perfection. And the white jug with the purple blooms just makes my heart sing. There is so much to love here, I had to go through more than once to take it all in. I wonder if that Russian Sage would grow in my climate...

Michele said...

Very beautiful- so feminine and pretty.

Happy Easter, J.

BarberryLane Designs said...

You are right, just make a pretty simple post and you get great comments. I loved every picture here and am so longing for spring since we had a hideous hailstorm last night. Love your little bits of flowers. I noticed violas are popping up in the grass---and I love your book and chintz cup...so perfect with this post. Great post, Sandi

Karen T. said...

I adore periwinkle, the color and the flower. My parents-in-law have an entire hillside of it underneath an ancient oak tree on their property (they have nine hilly, partially wooded acres). It is glorious in the spring! I've never considered it as a cut flower, but it looks perfect in your subtly floral vase. True inspiration.

Cocoanlace said...

I collect all sorts of Chintzware, but I have never seen that pattern before. It's delightful.

Marlis said...

Jacqueline... been meaning to leave you a comment since March. I'm so bad!!! We were in ABQ for my husband's cousin's 70th bd party. She had a delightful gathering at St James Tea Room. My husband and I found ourselves with a bit of spare time. And I has a mission.. I needed to go to Je'l'adore for some of the Tissus Tosseli tablecloths. Sophie told me they would have some. I walk in and there is Cabin and Cottage and I just giggle... it's fabulous. Oh my. I walked out with a tablecloth and a piece of linen!

Just thought I'd let you know I finally made it there. Your blooms are wonderful. I love my Russian Sage, it can get big and I usually cut it back after it goes into hibernation in the winter. Comes back as strong as ever in the spring.

Be blessed, Marlis

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