IS IT SATURDAY? ? !
Well, another week almost gone...the only way I know what day of the week is by looking in my pill box.
I HAVE to take a thyroid pill every morning, or I am back asleep by noon, so after 40 years or so...
it's totally a habit.
YES, pill boxes. I've reached the age and quantity of pills and use three weekly pill boxes. Granted most are doctor recommended supplements, which keep everything moving (inside and out), and hopefully my few prescriptions keep me functioning for a long time in the future.
WE HAVE HAD A BREAK IN THE WEATHER!!!
Cooler finally---and open-the-windows
kind of temperatures!
After record breaking 90's in June and JULY...
it's a lovely balmy 80 something.
ON to my FIND!
Bathed in sanitizer and masked, I made a quick trip to our local thrift store.
LOOK what I snagged,
this Haeger vase in an Arts & Crafts style,
in a perfect matte green. I could tell by the weight, it was a contemporary piece, but the shape and glaze screamed Art Pottery. Plus it's 12" tall x 9"wide.
Deliciously big as vases go.
COLOR ME HAPPY!
A few words about Haeger and Royal Haeger originally located here in Dundee, Illinois. Haeger pottery began on the clay rich banks of the Fox River in 1871, the same year as the Great Chicago Fire. This company produced pottery through four generations and developed ceramic art wares and everyday pieces by expert craftsman through 2014.
As a potter myself, I always enjoyed visiting: the factory, their displays, and envied their glazes in the 70's to late 90's. As a buyer/floral designer for a north shore craft chain store, I was allowed to choose and buy Royal Haeger extensively through the 1990's. The figural and sculptural pieces popular then are quite collectible now. As a USA company competing with imports and the economic aftermath of 9/11, this wonderful company closed in 2014 after 143 years in operation. What a loss!
Anyway my Haeger find is from the early 2000's in a lotus pattern reminiscent of the art pottery of the
1920-30's in this delicious matte green.
Perfect for a large Poorman's Bouquet!
The garden was so hot the last two weeks, but flowers flourished while our vegetables struggled to hang on. Our Caladiums are insanely happy in the shade with lots of watering and hot temperatures, I don't mind clipping a few leaves here and there for arrangements.
Not wanting to fill the entire vase with water (to avoid sweating), I inserted an upside down plastic container and a tall pickle jar to hold the flowers in the center.
It's hard to take photos with the sunlight streaming in.
I had to place my Poorman's Bouquet in our living room, where the green pot matches my walls!
I've added some different flowers in this arrangement. First, I bundled with tape some tall lemon grass
for the center.
From this side, with my butt on the buffet, you can see the colors and the vase clearly.I used 3 Caladium leaves, 3 large fronds of unopened Giant Sedum which echoed the matte green of the vase, Added some damaged lilies, bent over zinnias and I cut a branch of my first year Blackeyed-Susans which immediately wilted, and three bright magenta Phlox stems.
I had added a spray of bleach to the water and a bit of sugar, I'm out of florist preservative.
The phlox are already dropping...
but I'm sure this will hold for a week with such a large container of water.
Nothing is better than picking from your own flowers from the garden on a lovely day.
Hugs and have a great weekend!
What's SURVIVING in your FLOWER GARDEN?
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