About a year ago, I observed that, when I brought flowers in to the house, I often placed them against the backdrop of a favourite photo in a book
or against the landscape
of a print of a loved painting.
Once I realised what I was doing, I decided that the overall effect, of my relatively thoughtless juxtaposition of plant and paper, was pleasing. And I felt that I could add another layer to my floral tableaux by creating a digital image of them; one that made them seem as though the real and the printed record were almost fully integrated.
So I began my image making, recreating and rearranging the scenes before me. And, although the results are of variable quality, I have great fun messing about with flowers and photos and other people’s beautiful artwork.
An Impression of Clematis and Catnip
Today, I am finding this creative activity beneficial as well as fun. It is helping me to focus, to be mindful, to be at one with the Serenity Prayer ….. Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other….
or to smile at its amusing Mother Goose version:-
- For every ailment under the sun
- There is a remedy, or there is none;
- If there be one, try to find it;
- If there be none, never mind it.
The other day, I mentioned that my mother was unwell and needed a wheelchair. She is now in hospital, undergoing tests/scans, receiving physiotherapy treatment, and help with pain management. Yesterday, she was walking again with the aid of a walking frame and hospital staff. This is all happening thousands of kilometres from me but I know that she is in good hands. When I spoke to her on the phone the other night, I could hear, in the background, laughter and kind voices encouraging her into wellness.
Floral notes :
In Britain, the ivy is the last plant of the year to bloom and is in full bloom by early November. It is a welcome source of nectar as the colder days advance. It was once looked upon as a woman’s plant. In New Zealand ivy is considered, by many, as a garden nuisance. Since I can’t seem to eradicate it, I have decided I may as well put it to use in my vases. And, if I ever take to drink, it will supposedly protect me from drunkenness.
Resources for this post:
The Floral Year by L J F Brimble, published by MacMillan& Co. Ltd 1949 and dedicated, amongst others, to Enid Blyton
The Garden Design Book by Anthony Paul and Yvonne Rees**
Tricia Guild’s Natural Flower Arranging by David Montgomery and Nonie Niesewand *