Thursday, September 6, 2012

"The cosmos ordered our gaze and we followed it".

Did you ever wonder why this flower is called Cosmos: from the Greek meaning universe?

There's something about it that satisfies my eye like no other flower;  it bobs and seems to float in the wind,  it's color ranges from delicate and demeur to strong and sassy, it's stems are a perfect green: just the right amount of yellow in it to seem almost invisible as it holds up the prize of it's fruit.

These Cosmos are delivered by the sweet folks at Drumlin Farm.  Five bunches came in today and I spent an hour alone cleaning off the extra foliage and lovingly setting them in their deep, fresh water.

I dropped the bucket into an antique terra cotta garden cloche, and took photos.








I found Sanguasorba at one of our vendors in the market.  I bought them out.  This is another 'flower' that makes me very happy to use:  it looks like little bees hovering over the arrangements.  And there is beautiful hydrangea now, and blue thistle from Holland that is extraordinary.  I'm a pig in....well, you know.





Last, but hardly least are the begonias from Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunkport.


The shop was quiet today, except for a few deliveries which I did myself.  Some days, being alone in the shop is a meditation and I'm reminded why I love this crazy business - this floristry.

13 comments:

An Urban Cottage said...

REALLY beautiful photos, Shelley.

You converted me on the Dusty Miller so I'll reserve judgment on the cosmos.

webb said...

And really, really pretty flowers!

marlowe said...

Beeeeoooootyfullllll!

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Really beautiful - I'd happily gaze upon all that beauty too, and I understand what you mean about flowers as a meditation. x

Jen said...

What a lovely post, and gorgeous pictures. I will look at cosmos wilth fresh eyes now.

paisleysummer said...

The double cosmos are gorgeous as are the sanguasorba. How lovely to be surrounded by flowers all day!
Penny x

Alicia said...

mmm I love cosmos! Beautiful pictures :)

flwrjane said...

I loves the cosmos. What a particularly nice crop.

We've only been getting a few stems in here and there in our mixed Amish bunches.

Oh and the blue of the thistle. Knockout.

I am now beyond resigned,almost happy to go to work today.

off to the shower.

xo jane

gillian. said...

Damn! That bucket o' cosmos is just insane:)

Amelia said...

What beautiful cosmos, they're hypnotic. Lovely pictures.

Terri said...

Sigh...so many flowers, so little time :)

rachel said...

A beautiful post..... I want to sit in your shop and just gaze......

Bare Mtn Farm said...

Beautiful cosmos...I love the doubles.