here’s to a long weekend


I’m always a miser when cutting flowers from my small garden and prefer to enjoy the much longer performance flowers give when they remain in the garden instead of severed for a vase. But this Thanksgiving seems special, doesn’t it? I’m betting it’s not just my family that feels profound gratitude for having made it to November 2020. So I foraged for a small vase of flowers for tomorrow because garden flowers seem especially suitable for outside dining. Grevillea ‘Moonlight,’ Celosia ‘Cramer’s Amazon,’ silver contributions from Acacia podalyrifolia and Glaucium flavum, which also brings its horned seedheads, tropical chartreuse leaves are Xanthosoma ‘Lime Zinger,’ begonia leaves, and a couple tulbaghia blooms.


For the post-feast torpor, I’d recommend snuggling into the wonderful documentary “Birders: The Central Park Effect.” Released in 2012, somehow I missed this lovely paean to birds and the people who see them as astonishing, magical creatures. Which of course they are, and if you feel the same, this is your tribe. My already acute envy of Central Park was even more inflamed by this four-season look at Olmstead’s urban masterpiece and how much joy it gives the people of New York.


Have a wonderful feast, whether alone nibbling a PBJ sandwich or with your carefully selected “bubble,” because gratitude is truly what’s on the menu this year. Much love, AGO.

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4 Responses to here’s to a long weekend

  1. Kris P says:

    I’m glad to see you treated yourself and your bubble to a floral garnishment. I’ve been greedily eyeing the flower buds on my Grevillea ‘Moonlight’, from which I’ve had only a single bloom thus far. The blooms DO take a long time to develop, at least with our cooler temperatures.

    Enjoy your day!

  2. ks says:

    I have been doing an arrangement every Saturday for as long as I can remember. And I still struggle with cutting from the garden. My fall plantings this year lean heavily towards vase utility.

  3. Beautiful! I’m sure your gathered guests will appreciate. I think I may go out when the bird is in the oven and see what I can come up with. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Marty!

  4. hb says:

    It’s a lovely arrangement. I tend to leave my arrangements outside adjacent to windows–they seem to last longer with colder nighttime temps, and when they go brown and fall apart, it is much easier to ignore them.

    I watch the birds more and more. There are more and more. The population dropped precipitously during the long drought. Will have a look for that doc, thanks.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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