In A Vase On Monday is hosted by Cathy whose creativity and skill are an inspiration to us all. Click here to visit her blog, Rambling in the Garden...and nurturing my soul, to see what floral treat she's put together this week and to find links to other participating bloggers' efforts.
And so, as it always does, the last day of school came and with it many thoughtful gifts from my students' families. The greatest gift, though, is the trust that parents place in me to work with their most precious children and I hope that in some small way, I can make a difference for my kids and their families. It's a joy and an honor to help nurture these forming minds. Like growing plants, there is nothing that I can do to force them to grow. However, if I create an appropriate environment, and provide what the seedlings need, with time, they grow to fulfill their potential. As my little flowers leave me on the last day, a part of me goes with them. One parent gave me a beautiful bouquet purchased at a farmers' market consisting of flowers that I've grown at one time or another so I'm cheating and using them for today's vase.
Peony, Godetia, Hypericum berries.
Sweet peas too. The giver of these flowers couldn't have known that each of them comes with a special memory. I won't bore you with the stories but suffice to say it's a perfect collection for me.
Between the peonies and sweet peas, this is a very fragrant bouquet!
My grandmother used to call me her sweet pea so these will go in one of my favorite vases which once belonged to her, then to my mother, and was given to me; a gift in a gift.
I should futz with these a bit so that the peony stem isn't visible but for the moment these make me happy just the way they are.