Gathering Beauty Before the Storm …

August 27th, 2011 § 2 comments

Riding the Storm Out: Fragile Pots & Plants Gathered Safely Inside {plants, clockwise from bottom left: Verbena canadensis with Stobilanthes dyerianus (Persian Shield), Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Red’ (Butterfly Weed), Angelonia angustifolia ‘Angelface Blue’ with Lysmachia nummularia (Creeping Jenny) and repeat}

Sunlight & Calm Before the Storm {Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Red’ and Verbena canadensis. Campo de’Fiori pots available at Verde Garden & Home and Walker Farm in VT and online at Terrain.}

Lovely Lavender Haze: Verbena speciosa ‘Sterling Star’ Beside the Door

With voluptuous hydrangea blossoms gathered by the armful, and fragile pots all collected safely inside, there’s little left to do but wait out the storm. It feels a bit eerie, looking out at the summertime terrace –dining table and chairs folded neatly away–  the empty expanse of grey stone, naked without its bright riot of floral color. But here inside –nestled in every nook and cranny– potted plants and freshly cut blossoms fill the house with beauty and fragrance. At the moment, I feel like a guest in an extravagant hotel conservatory, which gives me all sorts of delightfully outrageous ideas…

Freshly Cut Hydrangea from the Garden (H. paniculata ‘Limelight’)

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§ 2 Responses to Gathering Beauty Before the Storm …"

  • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    I’m almost afraid to ask what it is you’re getting up to!
    But I’m sure you’ll let us know… (If it’s not too risqué, that is ; )
    xo D

  • JOAN DEROSA says:

    I love your “collection” photo. By the time I was finished bringing in tender plants and the new this year “fig in a pot’ I had the sunny part of my den, the back down back of my Prius, part of a shed and even some of the basement housing plants. Still haven’t put all back. The amaryllis, not usually sequestered this early in the season, are staying put in the basement dark.

    The news of what Irene did to Vermont is so dispiriting. Such a beautiful state. Here on the north shore of LI, we lack power but otherwise are fine and feeling very fortunate.

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