Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My Winter indoor garden

You all know how I love my flowers dried just as much as fresh cut.

So I decided to go around my home this week and photograph some of
the dried arrangements I am living with this Winter.

Having these arrangements around helps keep my favorite season with me all year long.
I love gardening, so it's only natural that I would fill the house with everlastings from the past season.

Don't you just love these little vintage bowls I found in a little second hand shop?

Dried flowers have a way of brightening up the space like no other item of decor could.

The interesting thing about these bouquets of everlastings is that I can actually recall
when I picked them fresh.

This little bouquet is inside an old rusty chick feeder.

Here it is dried...

and below is when it was fresh from the garden.

I love shopping around for unique containers to put my bouquets in, 
and this one was perfect. 

The roses below are my favorite in the garden.
It's the Colette rose.

This is the same bouquet of Colette roses when they were cut fresh this Summer. 

My second favorite rose is Guy de Maupassant.

It a beautiful rose in the garden and in the house.
Below is a photo of it freshly cut.

A large bowl of hydrangeas in the kitchen today.

The photo below is when I first brought them in this Fall.

This bouquet below is looking a little tired and will probably be going in the trash soon,
but I have enjoyed it and it has moved all over the house.
It's in the bathroom in this photo.

Here is the pretty bouquet when it was fresh.

This arrangement below is one of the oldest I have in the house. 
It's from three Summers ago and here it still sits.
A little dusty, a little faded, but I smile every time I see it.

Yes, I remember the very day I cut this bunch of flowers.

So while the winds blow and the snows come and cover the garden,
I can keep Summer with me here in my own little indoor garden. 

It is already the middle of January and days are flying by. 
It is hard to believe that in no time at all gardening will start in earnest.

I will be out there with my shears cutting new bouquets for
the house before I know it. 


Kristin_Texas said...

What beautiful photos you took. I love all that splash of color inside those pretty pitchers. It's all so cheerful and inviting. It makes me want to display some nice little floral arrangement in my bedroom, but my cat would just think they were kitty snacks for her eating enjoyment. Lol!


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hello dear June...
You are truly an optimist...always looking at the good in everything.
I love your dried flower arrangements and also all the pretty containers. Your home is beautiful! I hope you are having a good week. Take care, Laura

Junebug said...

Oh how pretty! You do have the touch! My dried arrangements loose there color and all I end up with is brown flowers. This is the second year of trying. I'm also looking forward to cutting some fresh roses for my house. But for now I will just enjoy yours. Stay warm little rose buddy!!

Candylei said...

Sweet flowers both fresh and dried! I'm looking forward to Spring too! Today it was 55 out and so beautiful!

Deb said...

Such beautiful photographs! Your dried arrangements are gorgeous ♥

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest June,

What a lovely thought to preserve a fresh cut photo and post it now in mid winter as dried arrangements! They were gorgeous fresh and still give lots of pleasure and brighten any day. Have you ever tried to spray (dust) them with hair spray?
Enjoyed visiting before I go to bed...
Love to you,


The Feathered Nest said...

Oh June. Each and every photography simply takes my breath away! They truly are everlasting beauty, each little bud and bloom you've gathered. What a wonderful way to honor them, to enjoy them indefinitely. Thank you always for sharing sweet girl, hope all is so good in your world, hugs and love to you, Dawn

Felicity said...

Such joy!

I particularly love that you've got the before and after shots in this series June - your gorgeous blooms truly are gifts that keep giving & giving.

Happy day!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Hi June, How Beautiful the Dried Roses are, I keep thinking, as soon as Flowers would start to wilt, they use to be plucked from the Vase & thrown away, Now the Beauty is in the way they Dry...
Love this Post

Pondside said...

What a wonderful way to save the pleasures of summer. They must make you smile every time you catch a glimpse of a bouquet.

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi June,
Love your befores and afters! I love those dried roses, so romantic! and your photos are stunning!

My name is Riet said...

Good morning JUne.
O how I love this series of photo's. OLd and new like life itself. I admire the way you always style your flowers and things to put them in. You are so creative.
I also always dry my roses and usually put them in bowls too.
Hugs from Riet

wendy said...

I love dried flowers too, but haven't really saved anything other then roses.
My girlfriend's daughter seems to get a bouquet of roses at least once a month from her boyfriend....and they save them for me to dry and put them in the eaves (is that what it's called) of the inside of my greenhouse. I like it.
Makes me happy.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Amazing that you have the "befores" of those beautiful "afters". I love keeping dried bouquets too!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hello, dear June, With the lovely dried flowers you always have a little bit of spring and summer in your home. That's wonderful! Your vases and containers are very pretty and your pictures are awesome as always.
Sending hugs and warm wishes,

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Hi June ~ your lovely flowers are so refreshing to look at. Even dried, they are so inviting and pretty! I can't believe how much this month is flying by. It will be spring in no time at all and I can't wait! xo

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

OMG, what beauty.... your flowers are so beautiful and I love how you put them each in such gorgeous containers, i'm especially loving the chicken feeder. I love the beauty of the flowers with the rustic chicken feeder. I can't say enough about how gorgeous your photos are. I so hope to one day be able to take photo's like this. Absolutely gorgeous!!!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Dorthe said...

Dear June, your photoes are so beautiful,-and so are the bouquets ,both fresh and dried. I love dried roses,too-and ends up cutting the heads from the stems,when hanging too much- then placing them in a beautiful plate-where they can stay looking wonderful, for a very long periode.

By Nela said...

He descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado. Desde hoy te sigo si lo deseas te invito a conocer mo blog y si es de tu agrado, me gustaría tenerte como seguidora y así poder seguir en contacto. Saludos.

Jade said...

Oh, how beautiful and soooooooo romantic, dear June - i loooooooove it and i´m looking forward to the next summer!!!!!!! Have a wonderful week,

Hugs Jade

Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how roses are so beautiful fresh as dried?? Love your photos!!
Stay Warm !

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Such beauty captured in a moment of time.
The vessels that hold their charming bouquets are just as lovely.
Thank you June for your heartwarming post... with the frigid winds blowing outside the door, your pictures warm the soul.
Susan x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Where there is LOVE, there is a way to bring in the impossible INSIDE....and you have done it. SHEER LOVELINESS HERE, JUNE!!!!!!!! Anita

awal.ny said...

Your dried flowers are beautiful. I usually have a rose or two dried on my kitchen sink. I am enjoying our non white winter and I am hoping we have a nice Spring. Only a couple of months left, plenty of time to plan a new garden or two.

Victorian1885 said...

Good morning June.. it 6:30 am here and -28 so I am very thankful you shared your memories of the garden today. I dread leaving our warm & cozy home to head into the Office. I envy your Dale this morning for sure.. oh retirement.. ; ) Hopefully I can keep the images of your garden in my head until Saturday when we are having + degree weather again. Take care my friend!


Carolyn said...

Hi June,
Your bouquets are always beautiful -fresh or dried.I love your containers too.
It is mild here today and seems like spring-the seasons go by so quickly!

Take care,

victorian parlor II said...

What an absoultely lovely post! I loved seeing the original bouquets with the dried ones. It is all so beautiful! Thanks for brightening the dreary days of winter with your gifts:).



Victoria said...

Absolutely beautiful June! You make old flowers look just as gorgeous as new ones:)

I'm not very good at searching on Pinterest but I'm going to try and track you down on there, I imagine your boards are amazing!!!

Terri said...

June, I love your way of preserving summer! All your images bring a feeling of freshness and comfort. Wonderful!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Beautiful pics to be sure. How wonderful to be able to walk through your house and enjoy the beauty of summer once again. I hope you have a fabulous week.


die Waldfee Moni said...

Hello June,
your Pictures and your Blog are so beautiful.
Best wishes,

Anonymous said...

Oh June,
Everything looks so beautiful!!! So bright and cheerful and perfect for the long winter months!
Your photos are simply stunning!
Hope you have a lovely day!

Ann Marie said...

I am grateful I took the time to stop here today and see some of your beautiful pictures.

Such beauty.

I have never had luck drying anything except for Roses. I hope to oneday have the green thumb you do...

♥ to you my friend.

Anonymous said...

Sigh. So very lovely. I've been slowly letting my silk flower arrangements go to the Goodwill. I spent a lot on them because they were such wonderful quality... but fresh & dried are best. :)
Happy day to you & yours, June.
~ Zuzu

Villa König said...

So beautiful! Your arrangements are always gorgeous. Hugs Yvonne

Hélène Flont , french illustrator said...

Wonderful and delicate light strokes of Summer around the house. I would like to paint them all! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Bente said...

Beautiful photos and gorgeous flowers. I`m so agree about dried flowers. I have some dried roses, and I love them.

Hugs Bente

NanaDiana said...

June-That is just gorgeous- each and every shot perfect. I am amazed at how beautifully most of them dry and keep so much color! It is a bit like summer-in-the-house, isn't it? xo Diana

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

I really love the colour and shades of these roses, I think that spectrum is my favourite. Pink'y red'y mauv'y ..with those gorgeous Hydrangea to shade as well. Your favourite roses are so luscious they are so blowsy and remind me of peonies. I long to have dresses all filmy and silky in these colours so I could sit on a chaise-long and dream!

Hugs darling friend,
Jane x

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I need to plant some roses! Your dried arrangements are so gorgeous.
Beautiful photos, June.
We're getting snow!

Unknown said...

You remind me so much of myself!!! I always have little cups and whimsical containers holding dried flowers!!! I agree they keep summer with us all year long, especially when we need it the most during the long cold winter months. Loved your photos!!
Chris :o)

White Lace and Promises said...

Makes me think, there is life even in death and God makes beauty from ashes. After a season of pain, God is restoring my soul. I find beauty in your blog. It is refreshng. Hope you'll drop by sometime and see me. Maybe you will find encouragement there also.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your winter garden with us...beautiful!


Diane said...

The flowers are so beautiful when fresh cut but dried they have a different kind of beauty. Maybe there's some kind of lesson there for us. I'll have to think about that. Blessings, Diane

Cindy said...

I absolutely LOVE that you do this with the flowers... They're wonderful, and your photos are so beautiful and uplifting.


Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Sending huge hugs, I'm SO glad and very smiley. I just know we are birds of a feather. Life really is so very fast ..fast out there now, our children have a lot to manage.
I feel honoured that you enjoy my writing dear June, it certainly boosts me to want to continue. What a God send this internet is, truly! I'm so glad to have you as my friend.

Hope you are well x Jane

Unknown said...

All the flowers are beautiful. Love the containers too. Very unique.

Olive said...

June, I find your roses remarkable inside or out. I bought, at a thrift, yesterday an old vase (probably held a candle once) but it has a little cross on it and I can just see my summer flowers in it. It is cold here too and I am surely dreaming of digging in the warm dirt. hugs♥Olive

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi June,
Oh how I love coming over here and seeing your beautiful photos.
The dried flowers are so lovely and the containers are so perfectly romantic and sweet.

You do have the knack girl that's for sure.


Suz said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty June. Let me be the fiftieth one to say that!!! Thank you so mch for your lovely and kind words on my blog. You keep me going!
Big hugs,

Keity said...

Happy to find your Blog today. So wonderful your pictures!
I saw your gardening blog, too.
You have amazing beautiful garden!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

My oh my, your fresh and dried flowers are all so very beautiful and love all the gorgeous jugs, vases and containers you have used.
Do hope that you are staying warm and having a great week


Katherine said...

The flowers don't die, they just age beautifully.... like a woman.

I have hydrangea cut from my garden three years ago. They look so romantic sitting in silver mint julep cups.

Nella Miller said...

June, I have been coming to visit for some time now...and love the visits. It is so nice to see I am not alone when it comes to longing for the garden! The dried bouquets are timeless, and their fragile beauty always reminds me to embrace and accept the changes that come with time, even in ourselves. N xo

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love dried flowers too! I am always getting them from people when they are ready to throw them out, especially roses, yours are so perfectly imperfect!


Anonymous said...

Oh have you been pouring over all the gardening catalogs coming in the mail lately! Spring will be here soon- I am almost ready to get my little seed starting area set up again!! do you have a new flower/plant you are wanting to grow this year? Am ordering my pink poppy seeds and I have a male friend that I met while his wife was one of our hospice patients. He grows prize pumpkins- I am going to have him order me some seeds and we are going to see who's pumpkin gets the biggest! The seeds are $8 a piece!!! I can only afford 2 so will pray they both come up!!

Love your dried garden June! I used a lot of my dried flowers in one of my Christmas trees. Many had to be thrown out afterwards as they don't like getting handled too much.

bee blessed

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Well you did it again, youve got me oohing and aahing!

manon 21 said...

Merci pour ce petit moment rose.
Du rose aussi chez moi.

Belle année 2012


Rose Garden Romantic said...

Oh my goodness, June! I'm swooning! Your flowers are so gorgeous, both fresh and dried! And your photos are so wonderful. You should be a decorating magazine stylist and photographer! And YOUR home and garden should definitely be in those magazines!

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh my dear June. The dried roses displayed so beautifully here are just breathtaking as is your photography!
You have such a gift here my sweet friend!
Moving from room to room and being able to glance daily at the remains of these beautiful arrangements are the little things that bring some lasting pleasure.
I can see the love and care you have put into growing these too!
Sending you heaps of love and warm wishes for a lovely day ahead!

Unknown said...

I am with you....I have a vase of dried pink roses also.....I love your photos!!!!!! So so pretty as always!

Beehive Needleworks said...

Oh June, such a dreamy post...particularly on a frigidly cold day! We are presently enjoying a bowl filled to overflowing with the blooms of autumn...I can still feel the warmth of golden sunbeams...a bit of heaven surely.

Wishing you a splendid "summer-garden" day!


Anne Lorys said...

My goodness June, what a beauty-filled post! So much inspiration, it gives me goosebumps!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious June,

THANK YOU for coming to dance a bit with Crazy Little Thing Called Love!!! And I LOVE your home so much...my house is getting more of the white/gray treatment and it is SO COZY!!!!! ENJOY! Anita

Privet and Holly said...

I am savoring winter
this year, even though
our high today was zero!
Time to get my house in
order before the gardens
call : ). Love all of your
beautiful " now" and "then"
pics, June!

xx Suzanne

Carole said...

How wonderful to have reminders of summer in the middle of winter. You make it all seem so simple. You have the touch my dear.
I went to throw out some dried hydrangeas today and found they had rooted. Gosh now I wish I remembered what plant they came from. Unlike you I have no idea...well a little, maybe my Endless Summer I hope.


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear June
I'm so late to pop over and wish you a very happy new year.. hope 2012 will be wonderful for you and your family.. and the garden!!

These roses are magnificent.. dried or fresh.. but I am partial to fresh cut..

Love all your containers also.. I picket up some cute bits and pieces in France which I look forward to filling.. sadly though my roses are a no show this year.. we are having a very strange summer..

Have a lovely week.. ciao xxx Julie

Rostrose said...

Your winter-indoor-garden looks sooooo romantic, dearest June. I love the faded colors of your dried roses! (They would fit so good into my new "girls room" - see my previous post)...
Warm rusty-rose-hugs from wet and stormy Austria,

Julie Marie said...

Hi June, your indoor winter garden is just beautiful... I love how you have shown the before and afters of all your pretty flowers... I too love all flowers dried as well as fresh... everlastings... to remind me of warm Spring and Summers days... love to you, xoxo Julie Marie

Teacup Mosaics said...

Dear June,
Your winter garden is beautiful and tells such a wonderful story of the summer past. A Joy!

http://www.pattern-addiction-and-more.blogspot.com said...

You brought a wonderful summer souvenir into your blog - with these dried roses!
Up here it's snowing again and cold. Hugs, Barbara

koralee said...

so pretty...love the fact that you can enjoy your garden all year long...pink roses!!!! I love pink roses....hugs for a cozy weekend..my garden is covered in snow. xoxoxo

Vintage Home said...

HI June...we are covered in snow here for 6 days now, I did a post on our garden in snow!.. this is not typical for us here in the valley..but as it is so beautiful for a short time we will enjoy the lacey whiteness.
Thanks for the names of some of your roses! I am going to look them up and see if they are hardy to our zone. I am always looking for more to add to my tiny garden!.....hope yours will work for me as they are STUNNINGLY Beautiful!
Thanks for sharing & for the lovely soft pink images that will sustain me threw this cold grey day !

MJ Ornaments said...

What beautiful dried flowers June, everything is lovely.
Hope you're new year is going well.
Take care,

Georgianna said...

Hello, dear June! I chuckled through this post as I have so many vases of dried roses around the house. I just love them. But I'm not as clever as you to also have a photo of the bouquet when it was fresh. I find comparing them fascinating, seeing how the petals dry, some stems curl and others stay straight. I think they're incredibly beautiful, although D doesn't always understand why I don't throw them out sooner. :)


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Ana said...

Oh June,
Freshly cut or dry your flowers are just absoulutely beautiful. Every year I wait with anticipation for Spring so that I might be able to visit your beautiful garden, even if it is only through Blogland. Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend.

Much love,

The Rustic Victorian said...

So lovely to see flowers this time of year, your photos are refreshing. I finally got some rose bushes last spring and dried some of the blooms. The paperwhites are comming up here, spring is just around the corner!
I hope you are well.
ps..are you on Pinterest? I see your photos there.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures and blog!!!Kisses



www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Hi June:) Not only have you inspired me to plant more than I can count Peonies in my garden (keep your fingers crossed for me) but you also have inspired me to dry flowers other than Roses. I have had so much fun doing it and now have them all over the barn. Thank you!!!Your photos are gorgeous!!!! It has been snowing all morning here but my home is like Summer:)
Have a wonderful week.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Angela said...

Happy New Year, June! Isn't it wonderful how your flowers keep their pretty colors, even while dried? I bet it smells like wonderful rosy potpourri in your home! I long to see more of you beautiful decor in your kitchen... hugs and blessings, Angela

the old white house said...

Hi June! I so wish that I had your green thumb! your arrangements are gorgeous, both fresh and dried, you have the magic touch! I just love them in the chicken feeder, all of the little bowls are so sweet too.
We finally got a good snow, so I haven't thought about spring lately!
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Lisa said...

I love dried flowers too. I have a huge rubber maid tub filled with my favorite dried hydraingias & I use them around the house all the time. They played a big part in my Christmas decor this year. There is something so romantic & lovely about flowers (or anything really) that time has touched. Do you press many? That is a favorite thing of mine to do. Especially Queen Annes Lace, ferns & wildflowers. There is always a piece of wax paper hanging out of my humongous old dictionary. I love to use them in my art.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi June! You are the only person who could make those dried arrangements look so beautiful! How you get them to look so pretty I will never know. When I try to dry anything, it just looks dead. Ha! Hope you are having a warm and cozy day in your corner of the world. :) Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Passionate for White said...

Thank you for sharing these magazine-worthy pictures....each and every one SO beautiful~

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi June,
I was commenting on Riets blog when I glanced up and saw your name above mine. I just had to hop over. My sweet mothers name was June. She was born in the month of June, which I'm guessing you probably were too. I love all of your gorgeous blooms, fresh and dried. Darn, how foolish I have been. I have been throwing my wilted blooms out for years. I should have been enjoying them dried. I too have a passion for gardening and am looking forward to getting to know you better. I am now following you. Guess what? I'm your neighbor here in Utah.
Hugs, Jann

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi June, it's Jann again. I could not see your follower list. Am I just missing it?

oldgreymare said...

<3 <3

LizlovesVintage said...

Hi June,
What beautiful pictures!! I've been away too long. Happy New Year to You. Have a great week.
xxx Liz

Barbara said...

Lovely, June! I especially like hydrangeas when dried and your roses are lovely dried too. Of course, it takes your eye to put them in the right containers and in the right places around the house. You are so talented!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

How do you do it....really,your photos are breath taking....they should be in a book!!! Every blog I have been to tonite has said something about how fast time is passing,funny isn't it!? Can hardly wait till spring,talk soon! x0x0

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

How do you do it....really,your photos are breath taking....they should be in a book!!! Every blog I have been to tonite has said something about how fast time is passing,funny isn't it!? Can hardly wait till spring,talk soon! x0x0

chateau de fleurs said...

June your photos take my breath away! You are amazing! Thanks for stopping by to see me, XO Christie

Ivy and Elephants said...

June, all your arrangements are so beautiful, fresh or dried. You display them so artfully and in such unique containers. Your garden must truly be a place for the angels to laugh and play!

Farah said...

Hello Dear June, hope doing fine and feel fresh with your most beautiful indoor garden... So lovely flowers and I really admire your efforts for the flowers, with such care and tenderness you save them... they all are beautiful ...
I was on vacation because of my youngest brother marriage, it was a pleasent trip and now again back to routine...
Hope you would like to visit me
With love

Pam said...

Your flowes and photos are so beautiful. It's such a treat to come to your lovely blog! Such a peaceful place to rest a while.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi sweet June!

It's always a pleasure to stop by your MOST LOVELY blog! I can sit here just reading through your posts and looking at all the gorgeous images of your home & garden! I wish I was a better gardner...I will have to learn. We just moved into our first {fixer} house this past summer after YEARS of townhome living, so having a front and backyard is very NEW to us...along with maintaining and creating one.

Your blooms dried so perfectly! So beautiful and vibrant, even in their faded glory. :)


achter de 2linden said...

I love your photo's!
greetings from the Netherlands

erin's art and gardens said...

i so love seeing all of your gorgeous images today and i am envious of the fact that you can so easily dry your flowers! it is way too humid and damp here in tennessee to dry flowers in vases like you have. i think yours are spectacular before and after and your beautiful and artful photography make them even more so.

Unknown said...

Congrats on your feature in RH!

Now Following!

What camera setting do you use to get such lovely bright shots? Fabulous!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

HWIT BLOGG said...

Lovely lovely pictures...
Have a great day!