Jun 22, 2010

I'm A Country Girl

As part of my of my newly minted effort to not spend money, I did not purchase flowers for my dinner party.  It's unnecessary in the summer anyway, especially since I was going for a rustic look.  I threw on my apron, stuck my gardening shears and camera in its pockets, whistled for Dixie, and set off.
Dixie was much more interested in chasing deer and bunnies, but she tried to help nose out any flowers.  I knew I was in luck when I found this-
The hydrangea bush resides next to the tear down house on my property.  I need to figure out how to dig it up, and relocate it.  That might be a Mama project, as my green thumb skills are sorely lacking.
Then I headed over to snip some of Mama's profusion of Black Eyed Susans (which is one of my favorite flower names). 
Dixie was very helpful in picking out which were the prettiest.
Then we lucked out and found some of the prettiest Queen Anne's Lace growing on the side of the road.

I'm allergic to bees, so cutting these was a bit terrifying as it was like sticking my hand in a bee hive and stealing their lunch.  I made it out unscathed though, with a basket full of beautiful flowers, ready to be arranged.
Then it immediately started to downpour. However, I did not freak out, but instead started cooking the individual squash casseroles I was supposed to make the night before, but instead I had sat on the porch with Lou and AK drinking wine spritzers. Oops.

My whole morning in the woods reminded me of my childhood, when my trusty golden retriever companion, Hunter, and Brother and I would spend the day exploring the hundreds of acres of woods around our childhood home.

Wild little Appalachians swinging on grapevines.


15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Way to be resourceful!

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  2. These look gorgeous! So jealous of your flower arranging eye!

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  3. Sam,
    Your arrangements are awesome...simple but elegant and screaming...SUMMER IS HERE!!
    Also, Bunny Run pictures are so lovely.
    Mama

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  4. Lovely! Your flowers look so summery and southern, especially in those mason jars. Love it!

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  5. Beautiful!!! So, so, pretty! Also? Black Eyed Susans are some of my favorites! I had some in my backyard, but like the other 90% of the flowers growing there when we moved in, they have since died... So sad! I have two black thumbs I tell ya!

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  6. This post makes me so happy!

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  7. I loved the flowers so much...everything was so perfect at your outdoor summer celebration! But I dont think you went into enough detail in the last two posts about how amazing the food was-because it was the best dinner everrrr!!

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  8. I loved the flowers so much...everything was so perfect at your outdoor summer celebration! But I dont think you went into enough detail in the last two posts about how amazing the food was-because it was the best dinner everrrr!!

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  9. those flowers are more gorgeous than anything you could purchase in the store i think! love!

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  10. You really did an impressive job with your arragment, and I love that you used a Mason jar!

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  11. Gorgeous! You're talented my friend!

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  12. What a lovely arrangement! Love that it was "free" - you're so clever!! I think mason jars are adorable - especially in the summertime. They're all over pottery barn right now too - LOVE them!

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  13. Lovely! Your flowers look so summery and southern,
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  14. Your arrangement is lovely! The color of the hydrangeas are just beautiful. And congrats on the new house! We can swap moving stories this summer. ;)

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  15. So beautiful! I have been pestering my husband to get me a hydrangea bush for the past year because if I touch it, it will surely die...everyone says I have a "black thumb."

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