10 weeks left and counting down

I've reached the point in mid-winter where I start getting cranky about having to put on my coat when I leave the house. I'm bored of boots and heavy socks are weighing on my soul.


Clothing anxiety aside, it's hard to suffer the usual winter misery when all day, every day you're working with flowers. Two weeks ago, I referred to some flowering quince branches as our "first quince of spring". Sarah sort of chuckled and said "umm, spring?". Oh right, the first quince of winter.


The shop has some amazing, riotous brights this weekend. Kumquats, oranges, hyacinth (oh the smell!) and velvety raspberry snapdragons. See why I get my seasons confused?



Winter has been good to me. I've become partial to dying tulips. Semi-dried ranunculus fill my kitchen table. I'm propagating miniature duckfoot ivy like there's no tomorrow. I've even managed to successfully BLOOM a cheapy grocery store rose bush inside my apartment. I'm wearing dresses again. Spring is ahead of schedule, if only because I'm willing it so.

23 comments:

  1. and here i am visiting Denmark, far away from my home in the South
    and relishing the putting on of boots and coat
    wrapping not one but two mufflers around and around
    and walking ankle deep in lovely snow...

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  2. I hope you get into running your own business.... soon! You are SO cut out for it! (:

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  3. Oh i feel your confusion, I absolutely love winter and fall--but, im tired of all the freezing temps we've been getting this year in Atlanta. This spring and summer I intend to break out the skirts and dresses and enjoy the sun for once..or at least til it gets unreal and tries to kill me with its rays. lol

    S.

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  4. Where are these flowers coming from??? Fresh flowers are my life-staple, and my blog has been sadly devoid of them as of late due to the chilly Midwestern climes. But I'll gladly live vicariously through your gorgeous pictures.

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  5. Love the picture of the oranges. Reminds me of hot summer days in California.

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  6. Emerson you have the right idea! fill your life with living things that bring peace and harmony to what can otherwise be grey time of year.
    The quince are beautiful.
    Diane
    tidbitstidingsanddailydoodles.blogspot.com

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  7. I will make today a spring day in your honour!

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  8. It felt like spring here in Bath today. The first time I have seen the sun since Jan. 1! Thank goodness I'm not alone in wanting the blossoms to hurry up! Beautiful photos as always. :)

    Natalie xx
    (aka The Wandering Writer)

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  9. i got some hyacinths this weekend - i'm willing spring to come as well. maybe that helps?

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  10. if only i shared your same optimism. maybe i'll go get a bouquet of flowers.

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  11. I'm planning on grabbing a bouquet of flowers on my way back to school tomorrow. :)

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  12. What stunning colours! Hang in there, spring is in sight! And those of us in the southern hemisphere are a tad jealous of those boots and snow photos, as we sweat our way through sweltering summer nights!

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  13. Aaah...it's spring for me today. Thanks!

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  14. i agree. i can smell it! so close.

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  16. We're getting "April showers" in LA right now. It's a different season every day. Not that I can complain ... fresh flowers at the Farmer's Market every weekend!

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  17. bitter winter wind
    blowing now
    yet no leaves to drop

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  18. You, my dear, are a kooky-bunga girl. And I would hug you and muss your hair if I could.

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  19. I hear you - my anger is mostly directed at the useful new Winter boots I bought (but in reality are a nightmare to get on and require the help of my husband to remove!). Oh, and the fact that I work in fashion where everything is bikinis and summer frocks at the moment. Disorientating!

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  20. I like the idea of clothing anxiety! It's true that I can't wait till it gets warmer although I still fear February, it's usually one of the coldest months.

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  21. I hear you! You know it's bad when you're ecstatic that it's 40 degrees out because that's downright balmy compared to some of the recent weather...

    I really have to invest in some nice dried flowers. I'm afraid our apartment gets so natural little light, I don't even think I could force paperwhites. Sadface.

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  22. Thanks for warming up my morning. These photos are so cheery and just beautiful! I love them!

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