my creative bouquet

by Sharon Santoni

As August approaches the garden is over its initial June frenzy and we settle in for the warm weather until September arrives. Today I was feeling the need to be creative, and I grabbed a basket and scissors to see what I could forage in the garden despite the heatwave.

Flowers are one of my easiest ways to get creative, and if there is one thing that age has taught me it’s that being creative every day is absolutely vital to my well being.

This bouquet is not fancy, it isn’t professional looking but I don’t mind. It brought me pleasure to put it together and share the ‘making-of’ on Instagram here. It will bring me pleasure for the next couple of days as I walk past it on a table in the dining room.

Because I know how vital creativity is, and I know how easy it is to let our everyday routine steal those creative moments, I have decided that August will be my month of creativity here on the blog and on Instagram. I’ll be playing with flowers, doing some easy painting, creating table scapes, talking about garden design and also talking with some true artists whose creativity gives me joy.

I’m not setting myself up as an expert in any way, simply wanting to share the joy of doing something creative and enjoying the result, even when its not quite perfect.

I’d love to know where your creativity lies? What makes you tick? Which direction do you turn when you feel that your batteries are running on empty? Please share with us your own creative pleasures and how you kickstart your own energy when your daily routine is dragging you down?

And keep your eyes open for our creative and floral month of august!

5 comments

Bonnie Wood July 28, 2022 - 1:33 am

I love flowers, but my garden is sooooooooooo overgrown!!!!!!!! It will get a clean-up in the Fall. I don’t bring flowers in because my son and I have allergies. It’s sneeze time for us in the Spring. Love the most recent issues for the beautiful French gardens!!!

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Sandra Hicke July 28, 2022 - 3:07 am

I love doing containers of flowers each Spring for my deck. Each year I try something new. I also find creativity in cooking colourful meals

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Deborah Kehoe July 28, 2022 - 4:21 am

I love gardening and painting from fresh cut flowers in my vintage vases. I especially love hydrangeas and have so many kinds. Love your photos and website!

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Judy Lambert August 3, 2022 - 1:07 am

I love creating lavender products. We have planted well over 150 plants which I am harvesting from to create spa type items which combine with my sewing abilities. Each set that I make is unique. No 2 alike. I love the healing properties that can happen when combining with other healing florals and essential oils.

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david terry July 28, 2022 - 6:50 am

Insofar as I’ve gathered, tons (literally) of folks, here in the USA, have learned to bake. They’re all folks who would otherwise describe themselves as not being “creative”, but all of them seem to be turning out impressive and, indeed, creative breads these days….. and the trend seems to be outlasting the lockdown.

As for me? I just keep on painting, but I haven’t much choice in the matter, since it’s my job. I never know what to tell strangers who ask me what my “hobbies” are. I don’t, actually, have any, since I started getting paid to do them by the time I was forty-five.

Oh well, there are worse fates in life, I also gather……

sincerely, david terry

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