The definition of flora, according to Webster,
is plant life of a particular region or time.
I am going to stretch that definition a bit.
If you were to come into my home---my 'region'
during the summer and early fall,
you would see the following:
small vases of flowers cut from my flower beds.
I call the vases posy vases
and I have a nice collection.
When we went to Ireland,
I looked for posy vases to buy and bring home.
I knew that they would be a useful and comforting way
to remember the trip.
I stick them all over the house.
This is in my computer armoire.
Notice the glimpse of a painting.
Granddaughter Peyton painted it.
Here is the vase used in another setting.
This vase is from Ireland.
I often use my coleus (the colorful variegated leaves)
and my herbs.
The spearmint is an especially nice 'filler' and smells wonderful.
I also use thyme, basil, marjoram, rosemary, and lavender.
This vase I bought at an antique store.
This is either coleus or a sweet potato vine (the the kind that bears fruit).
Here it is in the kitchen with bright yellow daisies.
Can you tell where this one came from?
Ireland, of course!
Some of these flowers are from my anniversary bouquet.
I always dismantle the bouquet when it starts to fade
and I put the still perky flowers and the fillers
like baby's breath
in my small vases.
This is on the part of the counter
where my coffee pot is.
I bought this unique one this summer at the Farmer's Market here in town.
A lady uses old silverware and shapes the pieces into vases,
napkins holders, candle holders, and recipe holders.
It is ideal for a single rose.
I'm not sure where this vase came from but it is the one
that fits nicely in the only spot in the bathroom where I can set one.
That's rosemary sticking out.
Another vase from Ireland with basil buds.
I bought this one at the thrift store.
Again this one is from Ireland and 'pretties'up
the catch-all corner in our kitchen.
For more views of flora,
check out Francesca's fuoriborgo.
I will be posting sporadically if at all
for a few days.
I fly out to Dallas, Texas this afternoon.
I will be visiting my daughter Sara, her husband Jory,
and the darling Texas grandkids Aaron and Abby.
I will be back on Sunday.
Mike is staying home.
He is very busy at work and can't leave right now.
I'll check in when I get back.