Found beauty

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Sometimes an inspiration can be found by the side of the road. I found these pretty flowers growing wild in our front yard. I grabbed a few Weck jars left-over from last summer’s tomato confits, put a couple of flowers in each one and fill them with water. They became a simple and colorful flower arrangement for my dinner table.

What inspiration do you find from your yard?

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21 Responses to “Found beauty

  • shuna fish lydon said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:05am

    now I feel safe to say that, in my own plush neighborhood, i walk by all the gardens and flowers cooing, “my aren’t you prettyyyy,” or I just blurt out to the blossoming trees, “you look so nice.”
    this is a cute idea.

  • leonine19 said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:16am

    très joli!

  • Rosa said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:46am

    Very beautiful indeed! I love your pictures…

  • mingoumango said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:48am

    Splendid !

  • Aude said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 2:24am

    J’aime beaucoup!
    I wish I could have a yard or a garden, but it’s a little bit difficult in Paris. Right now inspiration comes from the sunny weather and brought yellow ranunculus on our table.

  • Julia said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 2:44am

    So pretty!

  • Moby said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 2:58am

    Hmm – what’s next? A sack of puppies thrown in the ocean?! Is there no stopping this madness!?

  • Mary said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 4:11am

    Wow Pim, so pretty. I did something similar recently with limes and kumquats that still had their leaves on. I put them in tall cylinder glasses filled with water and used floating candles to top them off. Still, I didn’t find the limes and kumquats growing in my garden. There’s a whole lot of not much growing out there right now, but things are just starting to peek out. Yay Spring!

  • Meena said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 4:34am

    These are beutiful Pim! I love the colour combinations, and having them float in water looks so calm and pleasing. Awesome inspiration! :)

  • Cathy said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 5:27am

    Oh how lovely! The only inspiration in my yard at present: tiny rose-colored flowers on the Japanese maple.

  • s'kat said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 5:50am

    Not only are the flowers beautiful, I just love the way you displayed them!
    I’m lucky enough to be married to a horticulturist, so we usually have something
    pretty in the house.

  • Joseph Bayot said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:50am

    Very nice =)

  • Susan from Food "Blogga" said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:06pm

    What an innovative way to quickly brighten up your day.

  • Jennifer said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:23pm

    Here in the midwest, we’re still waiting for the bulbs so, for now, I’m content with green shoots unfurling themselves. My family takes inspiration from the return of robins and from the Cooper’s hawks that hunt in our wooded urban yard (we live just off the Mississippi River in St. Paul).

  • bruce bauer said:
    April 20th, 2007 at 4:05pm

    Love your posts and the pics that go with them! Will be in Paris in 10 days, and read your old post from 2004 from a dinner at L’os a Moelle, after googling the restaurant name after a friend here in Portland recommended it. Your post came up, and you made it sound so delicious that we can’t wait to go. Just wanted to say thanks!

  • SteamyKitchen said:
    April 21st, 2007 at 7:53am

    Gorgeous! I love found treasures like that. We grow bamboo, palms and a large banana tree. I use those leaves to dress up the tablescape and plates.

  • kathleen said:
    April 22nd, 2007 at 6:23am

    What a lovely idea! Thank you! Now I just wish I had a yard to collect my flowers from…

  • Blame It on Paris said:
    April 22nd, 2007 at 7:42am

    This is lovely! I wish I had such an instinct for visyal beauty! What a simple but lovely way to grace your (and our) day.

  • dirty joe said:
    April 22nd, 2007 at 9:04pm

    hey hey hey, did you see the tomato confit sample jar on the table saturday? i brought the jar you gave me to the market. jesse and i shared them with a few lucky customers. as pretty as those jars are stuffed with little sidewalk flowers i’ll take mine stuffed with pretty little ‘maters. that is the best way ever to presurve the flavor of a dry farm. time to float some borage flowers.

  • Pim said:
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:46am

    Shuna, I can so imagine you doing that. Cute!
    Leonine, Rosa, and mingoumango, merci et thank you.
    Aude, that is true, but there are still some wild flowers in the parks no? Even the most humble little pissenlit blossom will look good submerged in a jar. Try it.
    Julia, thanks.
    Moby, you sick, sick puppy you. ha.
    Mary, what a lovely idea. I’ll try that next time. Yay Spring indeed.
    Meena, thank you.
    Cathy, that sounds lovely. Maple leafs look great on their own even.
    s’kat, yes, looks like you’ve scored big time with a horticulturist there. Gorgeous pictures, thanks for the links.
    Joseph, thanks.
    Susan, thank you too.
    Jennifer, hawks are such magnificent creatures, aren’t they? I can watch them for hours on end.
    bb, you’re welcome.
    Steamy, that sounds lovely too.
    Kathleen, you’d be surprised what silly stuff on the side of the road looks good in a cute jar.
    Blame, thank you.
    Joe, man, you’ve got to stop signing your comment Dirty Joe. This blog is PG13. ;-) I’m glad you like the tomato confit. I’ll do another big batch this September.

  • Judy said:
    June 6th, 2008 at 8:33pm

    Beautifully done. Simply unique!

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