Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I pose my nest among flowers.

When the latest birthday package came in the mail I was alone in the house. I unwrapped the tissue paper knowing already that the gift inside had been handmade by my daughter-in-law Joy. It appeared to be something very small and lightweight....and then out came a knitted nest of eggs! The beauty of them and the love that had been expressed by the patient labor...my hands actually began to shake -- lucky these eggs are soft and comfortable and not brittle.

I began to pose my new toys around the house, and then went outdoors to find a natural setting too. Every day it seems there is a new flower somewhere, so I had lots of choices of where to plant my nest.

I don't remember what these tall spiky flowers are; they grow from bulbs I planted a few years ago. They are striking for a couple of weeks, but then the flowers get too heavy and the stalks lie down on the sidewalk by the front door.

So we should enjoy them right now at their peak, before they get annoying. If you enlarge the photo above you might see Mr. Glad's bent back, beyond the rosemary bush at the top.

And a glimpse of Johnny Jump-Ups and various other little blooms behind this close-up.




A happy discovery was that the helianthemum I have been nursing along for almost two years has finally bloomed! I know it does still look a bit scraggly but I am greatly encouraged. I think it is named Henfield Brilliant.
 
  





Eventually I took a picture of my birthday eggs nestled among the simple alyssum flowers. Then I brought them back indoors to be the near-perfect springtime table decoration. They would be completely perfect if they didn't make me miss the dear gift-giver herself. Thank you, Joy!

12 comments:

elizabeth said...

oh! how beautiful and how sweet!

as always I love your flower pictures!

Pom Pom said...

Hi GJ!
Oh, I love it! How loving of your daughter!
I would have done the same thing, friend. This post cheers me!
(BIG HUG!)

M.K. said...

Beautiful, beautiful! What a dear gift! Your blooms are so far along. I know this makes you happy.

Cathy said...

And she knew you would love them., which you do. But then who wouldn't, they are wonderful.

Gumbo Lily said...

You are indeed blessed. I loved the nest posed in the alyssum. What beautiful spring flowers your country is sporting now. I'm a wee bit jealous.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Gretchen, the gift is beautiful and more so since it's a gift of someone's hands and heart.

wayside wanderer said...

Alyssum is perfect for eggs of any sort. We used to hide Easter eggs in it. Sweet flowers and a very sweet gift!

Martha said...

She is quite talented! I would ♥ to try to knit some eggs, but I think it would be difficult. I made a pair of socks a couple of years ago...

Farm Girl said...

Such a pretty nest. What a good idea.
Your flowers are so pretty.

Michelle M. said...

Those are lovely!!

I wish we had more flowers in our yard. I know this is something I could work on... but I just can't manage it right now :) This "all-day sickness" is not fun and can only manage the minimum. Maybe next year? ;)

Jo said...

The perfect, loving gift says so much about the giver. What a lovely relationship you must have. What a lucky daughter-in-law! Love your flowers. The little Johnny-Jump-Ups are one of my garden favourites.

debbie bailey said...

I love the nest and eggs, such pretty colors! Such a sweet DIL to make it for you.