(Thanks to Papa for following us around with a camera! And because I know you well, dear readers, let me tell you that Adelaide is wearing this dress in liberty fabric, Annabel has a vintage one on, and mine is a new favorite just picked up recently at an end-of-season Ace & Jig sale. And that rabbit vase that you all love each time I post it - I love it too - is from Portland artist Patti Sandberg.)
We are all having so much fun with the flowers this year. I've always loved bringing them in to enjoy in the summer. But this season, with a few more years here under our belt and the accompanying plantings that have gone in each year, there is so much growing to choose from! Plus I've got the wonderful addition of a cut flower garden bed in the vegetable garden, at the urging of my friend, a flower goddess (well, that's what Adelaide and I call her anyway), and her wisdom shared in our SEED issue of Taproot. I love especially the permission that she gave me to just 'cut and enjoy'. And we're doing just that - with many helpers, and many baskets, and many vessels for filling and arranging and spreading throughout the house - in every room of the house. It's a joy to see what they come up with for their own bouquets, and those they give. The colors, the vases, the style. And just as much a joy, I think, to wander the gardens and the yard and the woods on our searches together. For there is something new growing each time, something they've never seen before or something they remember from another year. Questions, conversations, knowledge shared (from them to me just as much as me to them). Truly, these are summer moments I treasure with all my heart. And judging by the peace on our gathering walks, the creativity expressed, and the pride in what they've made - I think they might love it too.