mother's day


Last weekend I drove the station wagon down to visit my parents for mother's day weekend. I brought along a little jar of loose flowers and on Sunday, I sat my mom down on the patio for a mini flower arranging class. Coral charm peonies, amaranthus, viburnum clipped ever so illegally from the side of the highway and a few coral bell leaves from my window box in Brooklyn.
My mom is pretty much an untapped floral genius. She kept on doing this thing where she'd furrow her eyebrows and really consider where she'd place the next flower- her attention to detail and eye for composition was almost unnerving. I kept on saying things like beautiful flowers look beautiful wherever you put them while jamming flowers in the vase. She was graceful but purposeful.

Her love affair with the coral charm peonies lasted for days. I'd come into the kitchen and catch her openly staring at them from a distance of 6 inches. It was a simple thing, our little flower class, but overwhelmingly nice, too.

37 comments:

  1. Great post, and stunning flowers!
    My nan is a big fan of Peonies too, we love to watch them react with light and water, sometimes they get SO big they look as though they are going to gobble you up!

    Niki @ http://little-quaint-moments-and-memories.blogspot.com/
    xx

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  2. My favorites, peonies. We almost bought a house last year based on the peonies lining the driveway alone. The house we did buy will have them hopefully in bloom next year! Thanks for the graceful post and pictures.

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  3. What a lovely bouquet it became and a great time both for you and your mom I'm sure.
    I love peonies; I bought some last week and they still haven't opened up... now I'm afraid they just won't ever open up... patience, patience... that's what my kids keep telling me... all of us checking on the buds regularly and telling ourselves they did change a little bit already, slowly but surely... I hope...
    Bye,
    Marian

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  4. Hot water with a little bit of sugar might do them some good. Plus a fresh cut and a lot of misting. Good luck!

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  5. One of my favorite things about plants, especially flowers, is that they can capture your attention and imagination for an extended period of time. Sometimes they're just so beautiful that it's impossible not to be caught up in them. I remember going through a ton of film while staring at a truly beautiful bouquet of bright orange Gerber Daisies. I couldn't take my eyes away from them and until they were dead and gone, I spent a lot of time just looking at them in wonder. Such a thing of beauty...

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  6. Such a beautiful flower - reminds me of my childhood living in Pennsylvania, where they grow so easily. I haven't lived in a climate that works for them in many years - so I enjoyed looking at your amazing photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Such a lovely post, the collection of flowers were so beautiful, i adore peonies so much. Its just shows the simple little things are alway the most amazing.

    Zoe

    http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com/

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  8. Wonderfully photographed.. your mom is so talented! The experience, the thought behind it all, and the results are beautiful Mother's day(week) gifts..

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  9. What a beautiful way to spend the day and what a gorgeous final result! :)

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  10. Nothing more perfect then a mason jar full of flowers.

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  11. Oh wow this is gorgeous! Such a great way to spend time with Mum.

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  12. Oh so, beautiful flowers .
    Nothing finer on Mothers Day !!

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  13. So beautiful :)

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  14. lovely post and amazing mothers day flowers! Your mom is very talented! such an incredible way to spend the day! thanks for this sharing!

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  15. Those flowers are really pretty. My Mum's wild-flowers she planted last year have finally bloomed so she's really happy about that. What is it with Mum's and knowing exactly where flowers should go? Nice post. xxx

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  16. Gorgeous flowers. I was actually contemplating taking the Florist's course at my college when I found out they canceled it permanently last year, what a bummer huh?

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  17. What a sweet Mother's Day!

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  18. These flowers are exquisite!! I enjoy your posts!!

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  19. Coral. Charm.

    They staged a coup on our wedding tables. Took over the whole place and had everyone talking. Stole hearts, stole the show.

    Your mummy has outstanding taste, obviously.

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  20. I long for a relationship like this with my mom...

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  21. I saw you at MDS&W! I recognized your purple dress from the Met. I didn't think of introducing myself, I was so surprised. I hope this isn't creepy!

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  22. Dang girl, you have a good eye to remember that dress!

    Wished you would have said hello, but there is always next year :)

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  23. Those are some really stunning photos of those flowers (which are also stunning!)

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  24. such a gorgeous arrangement. I too have been staring at it lots.

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  25. That is one of the sweetest Mother's Day gifts I have ever vicariously experienced, and I feel as if I might faint due to beauty overload due to your photographs. It's all your fault. Send chocolate.

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  26. Is it illegal to clip flowers from the side of the highway? Ohhh dear, I'm going to be a wanted woman...

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  27. Great post and those lovely flower shots are the right addition to it.

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  28. lol that is so cute! it sounds like somehting my mom would enjoy! what a nice idea!!

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  29. Amazing flowers.Also, you looks so passionate about them. It is not about show off only. Keep up the good work.

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  30. What a gorgeous bunch of flowers!

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  31. LOVE the fist shot! Beautiful bouquet

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