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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  • http://eggbeater.typepad.com/shuna/ shuna fish lydon

    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.

  • http://leonine194.canalblog.com leonine19

    très joli!

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    Very beautiful indeed! I love your pictures…

  • http://mingoumango.blogspot.com/ mingoumango

    Splendid !

  • http://foodcookeat.blogspot.com Aude

    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.

  • http://asliceofcherrypie.blogspot.com Julia

    So pretty!

  • Moby

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

  • http://www.ceresandbacchus.com Mary

    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!

  • http://www.hookedonheat.com/ Meena

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

  • Cathy

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

  • http://www.dailypress.com/skatandthefood s’kat

    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.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/s-kat/258810223/in/set-72157594243560556/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/s-kat/190930895/in/set-72157594243560556/

  • Joseph Bayot

    Very nice =)

  • http://foodblogga.blogspot.com Susan from Food “Blogga”

    What an innovative way to quickly brighten up your day.

  • http://www.hamboneandspice.blogspot.com Jennifer

    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).

  • http://wineguyworld.blogspot.com bruce bauer

    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!
    bb

  • http://www.steamykitchen.com SteamyKitchen

    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.

  • http://fuzzknitter.blogspot.com kathleen

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

  • http://www.lauraflorand.com Blame It on Paris

    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

    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.

  • http://chezpim.typepad.com Pim

    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.

  • http://www.artisticflowerarrangements.com/articles/fresh-flowers-vs-dry-vs-artificial.htm Judy

    Beautifully done. Simply unique!