Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Day 620's favorite flowering bush
I realized yesterday while reading this that almost all of my favorite flowers are not flowers at all, but flowering bushes. Forsythia, quince, gardenia, camellia, and hydrangea top the list, and unfortunately, I've only got one of the five in my yard.
Behind our new wood fence is a forsythia bush the size of our SUV, but like I said, it's behind the fence in "the woods" and can't really be seen. After last week's cold snap, I went back there to check on it, and found that it had started blooming and looked a little shocked. The existing blooms had wilted but it still had some green buds, so I cut a few branches and brought them inside to nurse them back to life. In just few days, the buds filled out and now it's blooming nicely.
The bright yellow is so nice and spring-y in our dining room. Now if I can just decide what to put on the walls above my chairs (egg prints? plates?), get a shade that fits my lamp, and remember to order the pulls for the blue chest, we'll be set.
Oh, except for the chandelier. In a perfect world, we'd hang a big, antique lantern or something, but this is the time for quick, cheap fixes, not extravagant purchases. I'm thinking of spray painting it, but -- as usual -- I change my mind daily. The "antique brass" finish doesn't bother me all that much, but it is a little dated in general. I'm thinking matte black might do the trick.