Flowers In The House, When Summer Is A-Going Out


The California garden’s on the downswing, gang.

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White roses pinken, and brown. Pinken is a word. We say so.

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Lavender drops its little petals.

Rose campion remains vibrant, but only from a distance. Up close, gnawed and tattered.

The Unknown Shrubbery steps up to help her faltering sisters. There’s strength in numbers.

Tell no one – summer’s on the way out. Don’t worry, it’ll linger some.

But flowers are so dignified as they age. Nobody ever questions the beauty of their decay. Now is the time, in the life of flowers, to cut, to group with friends, and bring indoors. Find some judicious side-lighting.

Spectacular all the way to dormancy, if someone takes a little time with the arrangement. Have a good week, everyone.

(Late breaking news: Aaargh! I forgot to link to Jane’s Flowers in the House! Go there please!)

34 Comments

  • 07/30/12
    6:54 am

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    Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

    A lovely garden, even as it starts to fade. And yes, fill your house with flowers. They never fail to make me smile.

  • 07/30/12
    7:04 am

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    Jane said...

    Look at you making it all work and that piece of abelia ( previously known as unknown shrubbery) adds a lovely arc and I presume scent.

    What is the orange flower?

    xo Jane

    08/04/12
    12:36 pm
    Lisa said...

    It’s just an apricot-colored rose, in second bloom, and therefore with fewer petals I guess. Abelia! Hooray!

  • 07/30/12
    7:58 am

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    the gardeners cottage said...

    oh so pretty. my garden is waning also. i’m hoping the latest prune will yield one more bloom. i’m hopeful. isn’t that what gardening is all about? love your arrangement lisa, so pretty and natural.

    xo

    08/04/12
    12:36 pm
    Lisa said...

    It is all about the hope, and the reward for hard work.

  • 07/30/12
    8:36 am

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    Jan's Sushi Bar said...

    You have an eye for flower arrangements. Just lovely!

    08/04/12
    12:40 pm
    Lisa said...

    Thank you.

  • 07/30/12
    8:36 am

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    Amelia said...

    Great job with the waning garden! It’s sad when the drooping starts but clearly it can be made to work.

  • 07/30/12
    8:55 am

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    karen hoida said...

    Found you at Gift wrapped Life…so glad I did. Sadly, my flowers are starting to fade as well….but like Tim Gunn says, “make it work”

    08/04/12
    12:37 pm
    Lisa said...

    Love the Gunn:).

  • 07/30/12
    9:30 am

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    frances said...

    Ours is doing the same thing, a bit worrying as we have a wedding to host at the end of August. (we didn’t choose the date!). Luckily, there are a few corners designed to shine as autumn approaches, some late bloomers, etc. Meanwhile, I’ll take a leaf . . . or rather, some flowers . . . from your book. The arrangement is charming.

  • 07/30/12
    9:46 am

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    Parnassus said...

    Please don’t talk about the end of summer, when July isn’t even over yet! Your garden is still beautiful, even at the edge of senescence and sere-hood (we can have a contest in coining words). I am in awe at this display of your arranging skills, and I not usually a big fan of flower arranging.
    –Road to Parnassus

    08/04/12
    12:41 pm
    Lisa said...

    Love the word sere.

  • 07/30/12
    10:23 am

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    mette said...

    You managed to create an artistic flower arrangement. Like the commenter above, the arrangements in general are ” too much ” for me, but since these are the best of the rest from your own garden, it´s ok then.
    And what I ´ve seen of your interiors, they fit there fine.

  • 07/30/12
    11:16 am

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    Denise | Chez Danisse said...

    Oh, but such an elegant decline.

  • 07/30/12
    11:50 am

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    Becca said...

    I love your lavender!!! Like a sea to drift in! I love it all- gnawed and tattered especially.

  • 07/30/12
    12:16 pm

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    Mary said...

    could the unknown be Weigela?

    08/04/12
    12:41 pm
    Lisa said...

    Abelia, say the experts:). Of which I am not one.

  • 07/30/12
    1:15 pm

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    mary jo said...

    My garden is starting to die off in a similar way now with the heat and I like how you salvage the end of their glory–I need to do the same! Hope you had a great weekend Lisa, so hard to get back to work today!

    xo Mary Jo

  • 07/30/12
    1:30 pm

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    Terri said...

    I approve of the word pinken! In our area, with the drought, things look like late September, but I have my fingers crossed that the sunflowers will yet bloom. It’s a lovely bouquet you’ve put together.

  • 07/30/12
    2:00 pm

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    kathy said...

    Yes, pinken around here too, and LA hasn’t had much of a summer yet.

  • 07/30/12
    2:57 pm

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    hostessofthehumblebungalow said...

    August is a month that the garden looks it’s palest here, nothing too pinken is left and the colours of fall have not made their appearance…
    yet here you’ve come up with a pretty assortment of blooms which look very fine indeed.

  • 07/30/12
    4:26 pm

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    Laura Tringali Holmes said...

    May I suggest that you deadhead those rose campions? Then strew the pods near and far for a wonderful surprise at the beginning of your next growing year.

  • 07/30/12
    5:34 pm

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    Flo said...

    With apologies.

    Summer is agoin out
    And I for one am glad.
    Get thee hence you sorry lout
    Nuff sweat and heat I’ve had.

    Labor Day and blessed Fall
    I long that you draw near.
    Oh lift this near opressive pall
    Halloween, I hold you dear.

  • 07/30/12
    9:30 pm

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    Cindy said...

    What a pretty arrangement from the last of summer’s blooms. Love the lavender pic with all its spikiness

  • 07/31/12
    8:01 am

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    That's Not My Age said...

    Nice arrangement! I’m very impressed.

  • 07/31/12
    10:12 am

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    Denise of Bare Mtn Farm said...

    I find beauty in the waning of flowers, roses and lavender. They were enjoyed in their life and loveliness.

    08/04/12
    12:42 pm
    Lisa said...

    me too.

  • 07/31/12
    11:58 am

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    Mags said...

    I won’t. I just won’t! I’m not reading another word. The photos are so pretty.. *sigh*

  • 07/31/12
    12:58 pm

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    Ida said...

    Please we are still awaiting Summer over here!
    Pinken is my new word to try out. Ida

    08/04/12
    12:42 pm
    Lisa said...

    Hahahaha.

  • 07/31/12
    8:45 pm

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    Jen C said...

    Lovely! Summer is escaping way too fast.

  • 08/01/12
    1:01 am

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    mademarian said...

    I always love the juxtaposition of still green and already drying plants in late summer. There is fascination in this decaying process. I love how plants lose their harmonious summer shapes to morph into something more mysterious and perhaps more expressive.

    Lovely lovely arrangement.

  • 08/01/12
    3:48 am

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    Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

    Love California flowers…yours are lovely! :) xx

  • 08/01/12
    2:33 pm

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    BigLittleWolf said...

    A lovely metaphor. If only we were better able to “live it” when it came to ourselves.

    Wonderful post.

  • 08/01/12
    2:41 pm

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    Amanda said...

    Your flowers look beautiful – which proves your point that flowers at all ages and stages still have a grace and beauty. Make the most of those still balmy long evenings – I’m pleased to see the days beginning to lengthen again here.

  • 08/01/12
    3:12 pm

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    Penny said...

    Promise is growing here, as we get closer to spring.
    I do love every season though, and watching the garden’s stages, there is always beauty x

  • 08/01/12
    5:35 pm

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    Sandra Jonas said...

    Lovely! Flowers indoors always make me smile. Yours are beautiful.
    Your unknown shrub is Abelia, attracts many Hummingbirds and other polinators.

    08/04/12
    12:43 pm
    Lisa said...

    The hummingbirds have a veritable rock festival in those bushes.

  • 08/01/12
    6:35 pm

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    Nib's End said...

    If blog, google, twit, tweet, twitter and tweeter can be words, then so can pinken. Language is fluid and it appears we have a consensus.

  • 08/04/12
    12:28 pm

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    Poppy Buxom said...

    It’s always All About The Lighting. Especially as we age.

    08/04/12
    12:42 pm
    Lisa said...

    ooooh yes.

  • 08/06/12
    2:40 am

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    Erika said...

    Glossy abelia, to be specific. There are several varieties. Beautifully fragrant. Weigelia has the same shape flower, but it is larger, as is the shrub that bears it.

    There is something quite beautiful about a garden moving into autumn. You’ve caught it beautifully.

  • 08/07/12
    11:38 am

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    Whitney said...

    The white unknown reminds me of forsythia. Happy someone ID’d it here!

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