the gardener’s perquisite

Posted: October 13, 2014 by Mo Crow in gardening

Grevillea-Firesprite-Mo-14Grevillea Firesprite in a big glass graal blown by Ben Edols & carved by Mo 1989
One of the perquisites about being a gardener is bringing home the trimmings!

  1. What a beautiful image, the colour contrasts are amazing and I love the vase.

  2. Marti says:

    Mo, such wonderful trimmings and container, beautifully arranged with your artist eye, sings to me of autumn. You are a sister of my heart because for many, many years, I have tramped around fields wherever I have lived, bringing home the windfall treasures of weeds, grasses, seedpods, my form of trimmings as well as trimmings from what I have grown in many gardens over the years. Prefer these to any store bought bouquet and I’m blessed that Rich loves to bring home such treasures as well.

  3. Els says:

    Ha, lucky you !!!!

  4. Inspiring inspiration Mo – very sophisticated, and looks great on a dark ground….floral choice is superb, and I love the way the wood color matches the color in the glass

  5. Valerianna says:

    I hardly picked any flowers from my garden this summer OR fall! Having renovations and a mobile table and furniture in summer had something to do with it, and then in fall, a cat who is into everything growing!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi V, Ariel ate one old yellow leaf on a bunch of Stargazer Lilies when he was a kitten and went into a scarily deep sleep for many hours but was OK when he woke up, that’s when we found out some flowers can be poisonous for cats, we were lucky.
      We look after 20 inner city gardens, they help pay the rent, put food on the table & keep our hands touching the earth as well as enjoying occasional bunches of flowers when we need to trim the pathways so the people can get in & out of their front doors!

  6. Jane B (epocktextiles) says:

    grevillias are always lovely

  7. Carol says:

    An inspired arrangement, Mo, and the vase is amazing! I love trimmings, I can never bear to get rid of anything with flowers or interesting foliage. Like you I think there is beauty in the not so obvious stuff.

  8. fiona says:

    I just love the word perquisite and I never knew of it till now! Flowers in the house always make me happy – grevilleas are so stunningly Australian.

  9. deemallon says:

    I love how the vase and the flowers and even the flash of the camera (which normally I don’t like) conspire together to really zing. I think: FIRE. Beautiful.

    • Mo Crow says:

      that black painted wall is a favourite backdrop, I love this very old lady of a house so much but we had a radical storm yesterday with more water coming through the walls than ever before & just recently found out the landlady won’t pay for the repairs to the roof so I am feeling a bit bummed out about trying to fix it. The water just pours out of the wrong end of the gutter like a fire hose over the back corner & I have no idea how anyone can do the job without scaffolding. Our neighbour will allow Rod’s mate from the pub Thane up on his roof to access ours to have a good look but won’t let us because he reckons we’re too old… am thinking of getting a builder/roofer person to to do something with a cap of $1500…
      it’s all quite a worry so I am just making more talismans to distract myself!

      • deemallon says:

        we have sustained pretty bad damage as well from a poor gutter… fixing can make a huge difference. I’m surprised the landlady doesn’t view this as a capital expense – – because it is! Now I see the association with FIRE (the bouquet) as something different, knowing about this water issue. good luck!

        • Mo Crow says:

          That corner of the house has always been damp ever since we first moved in nearly 6 years ago but it is getting worse with each storm, when the ceiling came down when I got back from the US in August I hoped against hope that the landlady would fix it but she doesn’t want to fix anything. We are only paying half the going rate for rent in this increasingly gentrified area & if she wants to sell she would get a cool million for this place as is with leaking roofs and walls and ceilings… our days are numbered here for sure but would really like to stretch the tenancy to the launch of The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow in September 2016 as we are only two minutes walk from the gallery I have booked for the launch!

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