Saturday, October 29, 2011

Despite the Snow,We Still Have Flowers

It is October and the snow has already found New England. The garden chores that James and I usually spend late October and November doing, storing garden furniture, terra cotta pots and tools all must be done now. This early storm may leave us with a foot of snow. The arborvitae is wrapped to keep them from becoming a meal for a family of deer, wood is stacked, our boots and gloves brought out into the mud room....far too early.

But here, in our studios there are still flowers in bloom!
Here is the story
told in a few pictures.

Helen Elizabeth Poppies
Elizabeth Johansson
charcoal on paper

Late Summer Hydrangeas
Elizabeth Johansson
oil on panel

Siena:Still Life with Agapanthus (detail)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas

Calla Lillies ( in - progress detail)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas

With the snow just beginning to fall, I took the pruners out to the garden. First I cut an assortment of herbs, thyme, parsley, tarragon, mint, sage and oregano. If the forecast holds true, the herbs will be under a foot of snow by morning. Then, I searched through the garden and found a large handful of remaining flowers, foliage and added a few herbs to create the final bouquet of the season.

When I came in to the kitchen with the herbs James began cooking. We will prepare a warm meal for tonight's dinner and prepare something for tomorrow, a ragu Bolognese I think, for we might just loose our power in this storm.
But we still have flowers.

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