Some Winter Bouquets

| 1/20/2014 12:58:00 PM

Heidi NawrockiThe cold, dark days of winter make me long for spring. Seed catalogs abound and the woodstove crackles, but I miss the beautiful flowers that warmer weather brings. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. And it brings such a smile to my face to see the daffodils peeking out of the ground. Sure, I could go to the grocery store and pick up a cheap bouquet of flowers to brighten things up. But, since my pledge to source things as locally as possible, grocery store flower bouquets are out. I'm currently reading an enlightening book on the flower industry.

Flowers are shipped thousands of miles to their final destination, much like most of the produce in a grocery store. They have been bred over the years for characteristics such as shelf life and vase longevity. In the quest for a flower that lasts a long time in the vase and can be shipped over long distances, most flowers don't have much scent to them. Isn't that the point of a bouquet? In my mind it is. I'm going to start a small flower garden this year in the hopes that I can grow on a larger scale in the future and provide some beautiful smelling fresh cut flowers to the local scene.

But, back to winter. We live in an area that is surrounded by deciduous trees. We don't see many pine trees around, so right now we just see tree branches. No real color. Not very interesting. But, I'm coming to learn to embrace each season as it comes. So, would it be possible to actually gather things from nature to make some “bouquets” to decorate my kitchen with?

On a warm weekend a few weeks ago, I started out on a walk with my kids. We had a lot of fun as I told my 4-year-old to find “cool looking” grasses and branches. He had a ball! We came home with a bucket full of random branches and even found some sort of blueberries. There were some red berries, but they were way too thorny for my tastes.

When we returned home, I got to work. I love milk glass. I've started amassing a small collection. I pulled all my pieces out and started putting some things together.

Milk glass collection

1/21/2014 5:05:19 PM

Heidi, about this time of the year the winter doldrums begin to appear. Especially, when the dreary non sun days abound. My first flowers to appear in the spring are the crocus. Their tiny little flower heads of bold color poke up through the waning blanket of snow to announce that Spring is on the way. Next come the tulips and daffodils. After their display, the peonies try to out do all the others and finally the Iris break forth their colors. When that's all finished, the Impatiens and begonias take over for the rest of the summer. It's a plan that works for me. ***** Your plan for a winter bouquet is ingenious. My Mom was the creative one in the family. She could make the most awesome center piece for a holiday table out of dried up weeds and old 78 speed vinyl records. Unfortunately neither my sister nor I inherited the gift. ***** Have a great Winter bouquet designing day.

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