Saturday, August 9, 2014

think outside the fern

It's been a couple months since I posted. Why? Well, I haven't been in the studio lately. In the summer, I love to be outside. There's always something that needs done in the yard or garden and nature is like therapy for me. Is it that way for you too? 

While I miss being in the studio, I know I'll be there soon enough when the weather turns cold. For now, I'm loving summer. Being blessed with four very different seasons is one of the beautiful benefits of living in Iowa, for which I'm very grateful. Something else I'm grateful for is flowers! 

My fabulous husband bought some flowers for me last Saturday. He knows I don't like frivolous spending, so he bought them on sale with no greens. When I went to the garden to cut ferns for the arrangements, I was saddened to see a lack of rain had dried up all my ferns. What to do, what to do. 

If you know me, I often say "where there's a will there's a way and by God I have a will." Determination runs deep in me. I looked around the garden and decided to cut some sage for the red roses and some rose stems (from a climber that went wild and no longer blooms -- just generates lots of stems and leaves) to accompany the yellow gerbara daisies. 

I'm pleased to say the arrangements have lasted an entire week. While the roses looked better in the beginning, these photos show they are still going strong.

My point?

Think outside the fern. When plan A fails, create a plan B. Experiment. You never know what you'll learn. For example, I learned I love the look of sage with roses and the smell in the kitchen in heavenly. I'll use sage instead of ferns in the future, even when there are nice ferns to be found in the garden. 

What alternatives have you used for ferns? I'd love to hear from you. 


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