It was the tail end of our roses' second bloom cycle and everything in the front garden beds needed cleaning up.
I went out to deadhead, prune, cut back, and pull out.
Snowbird looked so beautiful.
I thought why not fill a bucket with all the stems that don't need deadheading, and in the mix add other complementary plant material.
Photo ideas started coming. After I'd done lots of pruning and filled two buckets, one from the white bed and another from the pink, I went inside with my muses. For the shot below, I simply lifted what was in the porcelain bucket, shortened a few stems, and placed them intact in another container.
Now for the pink roses, they were even more inspiring. This is the Tea rose, Maman Cochet.
The ceramic vessel with morning glories is by my artist husband, Leroy Parker.
The rewards of my garden never cease to amaze me! Out the door at 6:30 a.m. to deadhad and back in the house a couple hours later reaping the bounty for a blog post, FB, Instagram, Pinterest, and pure fun.
The delicate greenery in the pink arrangements is indigofera, which is invasive, but oh well. As a matter of fact, these cuttings are from seedlings that appeared after the mother plant had been removed for two years. I was happy to have them. There is another variety, with larger blooms, that is not invasive. It shows up better in the pictures with the white background.
I've said this many times and I'm happy to say it again. An empty French style flower bucket, filled with water, can be a wonderful inspiration as one stem after another is added while havesting. It can be a no-stress excercise in arranging possibilities as you relate one stem to the next in hopefully new and ever harmonious ways.
I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.