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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Ever Changing Botanicals

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The pine chest that sits between the kitchen and living room 
is an ever-changing landscape for botanicals. 

In the spring those changes are so often that if you blink, you miss one. 

Why so often? 
Local nurseries, hardware stores, and grocery stores 
offer thousands of plants during March and April. 
About midway through May, there is an abrupt halt to 
the plant offerings. 
If you don't buy plants during these 2 1/2 months, 
you have to wait until the fall for another chance. 

So, monthly, or weekly, or daily monetary contributions 
are made at the local nurseries. 
Laughing the long tall Texan often told me he saw 
I had made my regular contribution as I brought in the latest plants.  

I love flowers in the house, but use living plants 
much more than cut-flower bouquets. 

Living plants can be enjoyed three-fold. 

1. Inside in a beautiful pot or basket until transplanted, followed by 
2. Outside on the deck or in a flower garden, followed by 
3. Cut flowers from the plant to bring back inside. 

More enjoyment for a longer time for less money than the price of bouquet. 
My kind of way to save money. 

A Spanish lavender plant that has already been planted outside 
replaced the elegant foxglove that was here just the week before. 
The foxglove now lives on the south deck, soaking up the sunshine and rain.  

Spanish lavender fares well in our north Texas climate. 
It blooms for a longer time than some other lavenders 
and survives our winters to return the next year. 

The large lavender plant in the ceramic pot and the small picture 
hide an unsightly electrical outlet located just above the top of the chest. 
The outlet location is convenient to reach for plugging in the lamps, but is not pretty.

 More than thirty years ago I saw a photo in a magazine of a similar 
chest of drawers with a large picture hanging above it. 
That photo was one of the inspirations for how we designed our house. 
For new readers who may not know, I drew our house plans on graph paper, 
and the long tall Texan did much of the actual building of our house.  

I still love this house, its layout, and the pine chest that holds 
an ever-changing landscape of botanicals. 

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  1. Oh, I love this partcular vignette. It is so calming and pretty.

  2. I would love to keep live plants in the house. Unfortunately, my brown thumb is not selective, killing things indoors as well as outdoors. But it doesn't stop me from buying them and trying to keep them alive. I sometimes have mixed results -- 1/2 of the plant will be alive, the other dead. :-) Beautiful vignette! The colors blend so well together! Have a great evening!

  3. Judith,
    I have never had Spanish Lavender, it's lovely and your vignette on the chest is inspirational, love the framed photo of the lavender field in Provence. I will sometimes purchase a flower plant to be planted outside and enjoy it inside for a week or so, It becomes appreciated even more. love your kitchen.

  4. Love the lavender! I only have one lavender plant right now, but want to plant more. There is a Lavender Festival not far from where we live and we are hoping to attend this year. They do sell plants that live in Arizona since that is where they are located. Unfortunately, anything I put in pots outside rarely survive the heat and dry weather here as I wither forget to water them or both my husband and I water them and they "drown." Thank you for all of the inspiration!

  5. Good morning Judith! When after many years you can still say with passion that you LOVE your house, you know it's not just a structure, but your nest, a place to bring existence to another level. Your pine is so lush with the stone and your collection of bleu and natural beauty in ever-changing botanicals. LOVELY! Have a super weekend! Anita

  6. What a totally charming and colorful vignette. I am smitten. I adore your pots hanging in the background, too. I don't like cooking, but I wouldn't mind displaying your pretty collection like that!

  7. I have a crush on Lavander plants this year too! Yours is lovely!
    Thanks so much for sharing with me for Something to Talk About!

  8. Love lavender too! So pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at Your Turn To Shine!
    Kendra @

  9. Hi Judith! I love your pine chest and all of the touches of blue! Thank you sharing! You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree! Have a lovely weekend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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