This arrangement was supposed to be about amaryllis. I tried, really, I did. It was even in the title of the design sponge post I made the flowers for. But whenever poppies are involved, it's a lost cause. Poppies will always win. They are the one bright spot on my winter horizon.
The kumquats in the arrangement once belonged to florist Sarah Winward and before that, they belonged to the fairy god mother of all florists, Ariella Chezar. They were given to me in a plastic bag over lunch with Sarah when she was in town for a master class with Ariella, where she used them in this arrangement. I love that they traveled from appreciator to appreciator, and that we both were able to make something beautiful with them.