crimson hawthorn in the rain

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]Well they say that every cloud has a silver lining … hmmm…
Clouds are on our minds a lot these days as we have way too much rain for the season, and I have to say that their colour is closer to pewter or even lead than silver …
But as I put together this little bouquet, I decided to be positive and realised that the rain on the garden table, did allow for a turquoise reflection of my old shutter backdrop …. I’m trying hard here![blank]
[blank]Originally I had high hopes of a beautiful dome of crimson hawthorn, using this antique frog on a silver pedestal, but the hawthorn wasn’t in the slightest bit interested in playing that game.  Bluntly refusing to point downwards, the result looked more like an explosion than anything else.[blank]

[blank]Plan B saw me reach for a little sauce boat.  It needed some florist foam, but in the end the hawthorn and a few branches from the box bushes and it was done.[blank]
[blank]With a protection over the camera and a coat over me, the photos were quickly shot and the  result whisked inside to goad us into believing that it is nearly summer.[blank]
[blank]Hey- ho![blank]


Sabinas-Life May 28, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Great pictures again! I like them very much, you are such a great photograph!
Best wishes, Sabina

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon May 28, 2013 - 3:21 pm

I love watching you assemble your bouquets. I keep thinking that maybe through osmosis I will learn how to create a bouquet that does not look lonely.

Wild Oak Designs May 28, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Beautiful! I love the hawthorne! The dish you put it is lovely….

Mary Palumbo Collings May 28, 2013 - 4:32 pm

A beautiful post… the Hawthorne is lovely!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering May 28, 2013 - 5:37 pm

So pretty…and your photos are gorgeous! I wish I had your talents!!

Suzanne at Lake and Garden May 28, 2013 - 6:55 pm

Hi Sharon,
Gorgeous photos! The turquoise shutter is so pretty with the pink flowers. I've never seen flowering hawthorne before. What a beautiful plant.

Mary May 28, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Your hawthorn is the exact color of the ones that I grew up with (neighbor's trees across the street from my parent's home! Beautiful!
If it is any consolation, we are having many rainy days here in Oregon as well! Not exactly weather for my espadrilles and shorts (as if I still was wearing shorts – ha ha).

Lorrie May 28, 2013 - 8:26 pm

So lush and beautiful. Love the way the hawthorne wouldn't cooperate! It's raining here on Vancouver Island, too.

Barbara Lilian May 28, 2013 - 8:51 pm

Sharon I admire your persistance, arranging flowers outside in the rain, even when they won't fall the way you want & the precautions while taking photos. But what a great reward they look fabulous in your loevly old tureen. I haven't seen that type of hawthorn here in the Limousin, it looks like tiny roses.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest May 28, 2013 - 9:55 pm

You created a true masterpiece. Love it, love your pics.

noreen May 28, 2013 - 11:10 pm

you have a great talent for combining nature's bounty with antique china – just the way I love "flower arranging"

Amelia May 29, 2013 - 12:44 am

Sharon, your talent doesn't depend on whether the hawthorne cooperate or not. You would have found a way to go around, above or sideways to create a lovely presentation. And I've learned hanging around here for awhile now that a china sauce boat isn't for sauce only…:)

Reply May 29, 2013 - 2:14 am

Beautiful, as always!

Anonymous May 29, 2013 - 3:31 am

Hi Sharon your Hawthorne….beautiful. I have not come across a Hawthorne plant/bush/tree this shows how much I know. What is it with the weather? I watch French news (not that I understand) but I figure you still have snow around. I watch a bit of Giro Italia and the riders look cold cycling in the snow. And we have had very thick fog for the last two days. It's a conspiracy…just kidding. I am about to call around nurseries looking for Magnolia Heaven Scent wish me luck. Hope the weather gets brighter for you guys. Regards Esther from Sydney.

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Colleen Taylor May 29, 2013 - 7:00 am

Of all the blogs in the fair land, yours is the fairest & most beautiful of them all Sharon. XO

Anonymous May 29, 2013 - 7:08 am

Ah, thank you for your perseverance. I absolutely LOVE hawthorn. Each little bud looks like a cabbage rose in miniature. It is so romantic. I grew up on a street named Hawthorn in Oregon and there were, true to the name, several that graced our little street.

The Blue Farmhouse May 29, 2013 - 7:51 am

Your talents are beyond believable…love it!


Michele Smith May 29, 2013 - 8:45 am

What a beautiful arrangement!

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Jana Hunter May 29, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! Started my morning with a smile!

April May 29, 2013 - 3:33 pm

On the bright side…rain in Normandy is a whole lot nicer to bear than rain in NYC!

Elena May 29, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Gorgeous! Makes me scream "I want that!" lol

Leslie in Portland, Oregon May 30, 2013 - 8:42 am

Gorgeous, Sharon…you have done justice to these gorgeous blooming Hawthorn branches! Your arrangement show why the hawthorn is my favorite flowering tree. A few blocks from where I live, there is an allée lined with hawthorne tree that produce deep plum-colored flowers, and what a show they give when in bloom (which should happen in the next few weeks here)! Hope your sun has come out, Leslie

Elizabeth WIlliams May 22, 2021 - 6:07 pm

No matter the challenges, you end up with something beautiful.


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