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Monday, March 18, 2013

Do not open the door.

I don't whine much about the weather.  I live in a four-season climate on purpose.   I don't do the winter sports thing (not that snowboarding doesn't look fun, but having never even mastered a skateboard on flat pavement, I'm thinking my chances of surviving the first run down a snowy hill on something similar are pretty slim), but I do like winter.  Sort of.  In its own time and place.  It has precisely two days left before I start whining. 

What spring is supposed to look like.
What spring looks like if one opens the front door.  Sigh.

sunshine from Cat
Here's a slick trick, if you are lucky enough to have a friend who brings you a bunch of daffodils...

While they look gorgeous in a medium sized blue vase, their slender stems make them seem a little skimpy, and yet their big heads are too bulky over a smaller vase.  What you need is a frog.  A flower frog.

You don't have one of those little submersible flower arrangers? Neither do I, but I used to work for a party decorating company, and the florists there taught me lots of cool tricks. One of my favorites is the trick of coiling up the thin woody stems of ivy or willow, to create a natural frog in the bottom of a vase.  This gives some support structure so the daffodils, or whatever flower you are using, don't all just splay out and look skimpy.  Using a few 2-3 foot long tendrils of ivy cut from a house plant, with the leaves stripped where the stems are submerged, works two-fold,  not only as a frog, but as filler greens.  Actually, that would be three-fold, as the ivy tendrils will start to sprout roots, and when the flowers are spent, these can be potted up to grow into a new houseplant, or tucked in the garden...assuming spring ever arrives. 

Check back Thursday for an update on whether an entire stateful of people pitching a fit has any bearing on the weather, the possible arrival from the printer of the Spring issue of 365 Being (I spent the weekend with the printer's proof, hopefully fixing all glitches and typos, so it won't be long), or perhaps for some fun bit of decorating inspiration.  Too early to guess what the week might bring, though according to the forecast, spring is not on the list of possibilities around here.  May your week be filled with sunshine...or daffodils, which are pretty close to the same thing.

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