The Seedum ‘Autumn Joy’ from light pink to a deep, rich burgandy.
Last Spring, when we took our trip to the Long Beach Peninsula, I found this weathered carpenter’s box while out junking. I replaced the handle with a piece of gnarled driftwood that I picked up on the beach, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to use it in an arrangement on my kitchen counter.
You can still see the word “tools” that the builder of this box nailed into it’s side. It makes me wonder at the history. Just like the flowers, the weathered wood and the imperfections make it more interesting than something that is brand new.
This arrangement isn’t in the usual oranges and browns of Fall but I actually prefer the cooler tones for my living space.
Though my flower’s first blooms were clear in color, absent of spots or discoloration, I think they’ve become more beautiful with the imperfections of age. We talk of faded blooms but there is nothing faded about these beauties! My friend Yvonne over at Stone Gable inspired me with pictures of her hydrangeas in the post, PATINA . . . Becoming More Beautiful With Age. She writes about our narrow definition of beauty and how we could learn from the flowers to wear the patina of age gloriously. I really want to learn to do that, and to do it well. If you’ve never visited Yvonne I hope you will. Her posts are always so inspiring and her blog is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen.
This week, my prayer for you is that you’d enjoy and embrace your own season of life. They are all a gift from God.
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