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  • Lacecap Hydrangea

    I’ve always been partial to lacecap hydrangeas. Have you ever looked closely at a lacecap blossom? It’s like having two-flowers-in-one. There are the itty-bitty individual florets in the center (i.e., the lace) and the beautifully-colored larger petals around the perimeter (i.e., the cap).

    Wishing you a day filled with opportunities to stop and notice the beauty all around you, no matter how inconsequential it may first appear…

    image: taken with Nikon d7000 camera, 105 mm lens, ISO 200, aperture 7.1, shutter speed 1/60 second


  • Floral Photo Update

    Hi, and Happy Wednesday!

    I thought you might like to see what I’ve been up to lately. I seem to have been re-bitten by the ‘ol shutterbug. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying reconnecting with my camera, learning new techniques, and taking awesome online classes here and here.

    Sometimes, I use textures:

    And, sometimes, I use fancy framing:

    But, always, I find great joy in taking pictures!

    Your turn: what creative endeavors have been stirring your mojo lately?

    xox,

    Christianna


  • Short Hiatus

    pink tulips

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I am in the midst of a creative new writing project. I want to give it my full attention for the next few weeks, so I will be taking a brief hiatus from my blogs.

    Meanwhile, I’d like to leave you with this bouquet of pink tulips. Cheers!

    xox,

    Christianna

    image source: Christianna Pierce


  • Elegant Simple Rose

    White Rose

    Portland is officially known as the City of Roses. (It is also affectionately known as Stumptown, Bridgetown, Rip City, P-Town, and PDX).

    Last week, my husband and I took a leisurely walk around our neighborhood and I was amazed to see roses still in full bloom. In November! I snapped a few pics and wanted to share one with you. So, here it is, with happy wishes to you for a terrific weekend!

    What’s currently blooming in your neck of the woods?


  • Floral Sunshine

    floral sunshine

    I have been traveling this week and have not been able to post as often as I would like.

    So, I am sharing a burst of floral sunshine with you instead! I took this picture last week and it lifts my energy each time I look at it.

    I hope it lifts your energy, too.

    And next week, I’ll be back with a wrap-up of my minimalist fashion adventure, The Black Dress Challenge.

    Until then, have a terrific weekend!

    image: © 2010. Christianna Pierce.


  • Flame-colored Dahlias

    Sometimes elegant simplicity appears in the petals of a flower.

    Flame-colored Dahlia 5

    The flame-colored petals of this dahlia look hot to the touch.

    Flame-colored Dahlia

    Here is the flower from a further distance.

    BTW, this is my first entry in the Blogging from Bolivia Macro Friday Challenge. (I came across it on Rosie’s beautiful blog, who, happily was last week’s winner. Congratulations, Rosie!)

    Have a beautiful week, dear readers!

    images: © 2010. Christianna Pierce.


  • Always Leave Room for Beauty

    Hydrangea Bucket

    If you have but two coins
    And long to be fed,
    Use one to buy flowers
    And the other for bread.

    ~ Christianna Pierce

    I wrote this little stanza as a paraphrase of many similar sayings I have collected which express the importance of beauty as a vital contributor to the quality of our life.

    Because we need to feed our spirit (or essence or inner self) as much as we need to feed our body.

    I am reminded of the example of my mother. She and my father married when they were very young and they started a family right away. Neither had a college education, and they struggled financially in the early years to support themselves and their three children. With careful budgeting and simple meals, there was fortunately always enough to eat. And, amazingly, there were always fresh flowers in our house. A simple vase with a bright spray of forsythia from the yard or some wild sweet pea blossoms were a constant presence in our lives. A little spot of bright color to enhance the day.

    When I came home from college to visit my family, my mother invariably placed a sweet little vase of flowers on the table beside my bed. It was never something she discussed, it was simply something she did. A gesture of welcome and beauty that did not require words but which spoke volumes, nonetheless.

    When my mother died, we mixed her ashes with wildflower seeds and sprinkled them in a beautiful private meadow. The lovely floral blooms each summer continuously remind me of her gentle, compassionate nature.

    And now our oldest son is in college. When he comes home for a visit, he often finds that I have placed flowers in a small vase on the table by his bed.

    No words are spoken. But I think he knows how l feel, nonetheless.

    image: Fresh Hydrangeas. © 2010. Christianna Pierce.


  • Edible Flowers Add Color to Your Meals

    Edible FlowersSometimes the best things in life are free. I’m talking about edible flowers, the ones that may very well be found growing in your yard right now. The use of edible flowers is an easy, tasty, and colorful way to enhance your meal and sneak additional vitamins and flavonoids into your diet.

    The flowers in my salad, left, are Carnation (Dianthus) petals. They have a slightly bitter, spicy flavor and provide a lovely contrast to the pale green lettuce leaves.

    This next salad is one that I had last summer in a darling little restaurant in the South of France. It took my breath away as the server placed it in front of me — I did not know whether to eat it or frame it. This salad brought edible art to a whole new level. And it was delicious!
    Salad in Aix-en-provence

    Some of my favorite edible flowers include:

    • Carnation
    • Nasturtium
    • Pansy
    • Rose
    • Violets
    • Violas

    Also, as a general rule, the flowers of culinary herbs are usually edible. Some of these include basil, chives, coriander and garlic.

    The four most important things to consider when choosing edible flowers are:

    1. Make sure they are edible. If you’re not sure, consult a book or website, preferably with photos.
    2. Use flowers that you know to be free of any toxic chemicals. Organic is the best option.
    3. Wash the petals thoroughly.
    4. Eat only small amounts. The petals should be considered a garnish rather than a main course.

    For a great list of edible flowers and a list of safety do’s and don’t, check out this post on How to Choose Edible Flowers. Equally important, here is a list of non-edible flowers (including, but not limited to: azalea, crocus, daffodil, foxglove, oleander, rhododendron, jack-in-the-pulpit, lily of the valley, and wisteria).

    Your turn: Have you ever eaten flower petals?  Did you enjoy them? What edible flowers grow in your corner of the world?


  • Happy May Day!

    muguet
    4x4 watercolor and micron pen on 140-lb Arches cold-press ©2010 Christianna Pierce

    In many parts of the U.S., we celebrate May Day (May 1st) with small floral baskets surreptitiously left at doorways. The giver places the bouquet on the doorstep, rings the door bell, and runs away.lily of the valley This is one of my favorite traditions because, happily, I am usually the recipient of flowers left by our front door by my sons and/or husband. And I love it because the holiday is a simple celebration of the beauty of spring.

    I based my sketch, above, on the lilies-of-the-valley which bloom outside our front door at this time of year (which you can see in in the photo to the left).

    The French also have an appreciation of flowers on May Day. In France, May 1 is la fête du muguet; (the festival of the Lily of the Valley), a celebration of friendship, good luck and the arrival of spring.

    Below is a video clip of  Le Temps du Muguet as sung by legendary French actress and singer Danielle Darrieux – who was born, coincidentally, on May 1, 1917.

    Which is all a very long way to wish you, my dear readers, a very Happy May Day!

    Your turn: How do you celebrate May Day?