06 February 2008
Wildflowers in Winter, Week 4
Here we go with Week 4 of Wildflowers in Winter; wildflowers in the home. What a good idea this was for Elizabeth Joy to give us something else interesting to do to while away the dreary weeks of winter. Because we ARE into the dreary part now, at least in Nova Scotia, with irregular weather patterns making for a lot of ice, grey days sapping all the energy out of us. BUT, the days are getting longer, and we've lots of indoor or virtual gardening to do, so we'll get through!
This week's theme posed a bit of a challenge for me, because I realized that a lot of our dishes, etc either are cat-related, or have other plants besides wildflowers on them. But like a good writer, I decided to interpret dishes a bit more loosely, and so we'll start off with this porcelain candleholder of a rose. After all, we have wild roses, including semi-double and double blossomed ones, so this could be a wild rose. Or a water lily. And the candle is lavender scented, naturally.
Here's a bit of a stretch; this cutting board, though, is so beautiful it needed to be included. Unlike two others I have, it never, ever has been used; I bought it just because its colours and plants gave me such joy.
Likewise with this memopad, festooned as it is with violets. It sits on my office desk and I use it some (though the pen that came with it doesn't work well) and gives me great delight, because violets (and violet lookalikes) make me instantly happy.
I have quite a bit of pottery around the house, including these items. The vase with the Ladyslipper on it was made in Prince Edward Island, where the provincial flower is the ladyslipper. The kitchen tool jar and the spoon rest were made by a potter in Canning, who also makes compost pots in the same pattern, and I have decided to treat myself to one as a 'get me through winter' present. (It holds a 2 litre icecream container, which comes easily out, so I don't have to lug the pottery out to the Envirocycle every time I need to empty the kitchen trimmings.)
Lupines grow wild throughout much of Atlantic Canada, and they are just so amazing in their myriad colour patterns. When they bloom the roadsides are awash in colours just like on this soapdish.
See what I mean about cups with cats on them? This one has geraniums on it, true, but I thought I'd sneak it in without anyone making too much fuss. I'm sure geraniums (Pelargoniums, not cranesbills) are wild somewhere!
And here we are again with a bit of a loose interpretation. The pottery teapot is one I picked up at a flea market type place in Cape Breton, years ago, and it's just the best for tea. The teacup has watering cans, not-wild flowers, and butterflies on it, so I figure that the butterflies make it work for this week's post just fine. Because butterflies need wildflowers, and I have lots of both around our yard.
Whew. All this work has made me thirsty...time for tea. Jasmine scented green tea, so that means more wildflowers from somewhere else, doesn't it?
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