Sunday Thoughts ~ Beauty Soothes

“Beauty is the shadow of God on the universe.” ~ Gabriela Mistral

tulipomania historyPhoto from: Flower House|Garden| Lifestyle Magazine“Soft hearts make the universe worth living in.” ~ Veronica Roth

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  The horrendous events of this past week left me feeling lost, bewildered, and heartbroken.  Perhaps you felt the same?  So, what did I do for comfort?  I turned, as I always do in times of distress, to beauty.  Beauty helps soothe broken hearts and souls.  

Thinking that your hearts could probably use a little soothing as well, I thought I would share some lovely things which helped brighten my past few days.  Please know I am not rushing the season and I don’t think I have gone around the bend.  However, tulips are such happy flowers and they always bring me smiles.  I hope they will do the same for you.

A simple tulip arrangement by floral designer Mimi Brown in a tole cachepot “A simple gathering of tulips in a tole jardinière brightens a room. See designer Mimi Brown’s step-by-step instructions for this easy-to-assemble arrangement in an excerpt from LIVING FLORAL by Margot Shaw” (see note at the end of this post.) Photo and information are from, Flower. 

“Tulips are all about levity and rebirth. Their flowers are like ballerinas ~ they dance”  ~ Sandra Sigman

All of the following photos are from Flower House|Garden| Lifestyle Magazine.  Should you not be familiar with this magazine I highly recommend you purchase a copy.  It is spectacular, not just one issue, but each one.  And, the regular column in each issue written by the Editor-In-Chief, Margot Shaw, is always grand.   Also, her book Living Floral is a treasure. (See information about the magazine and book at the end of this post.)

field of yellow and pink tulips along a wavy brick wall

This lovely photo was taken at the gardens of the Stevens-Coolidge Place. The Stevens–Coolidge Place, formerly known as Ashdale Farm, is a garden and historic home located on 91 acres in North Andover, Massachusetts. It is stewarded by the Trustees of Reservations to preserve the 20th-century North Andover, Massachusetts estate of Helen Stevens Coolidge and her husband John Gardner Coolidge, a descendent of Thomas Jefferson. Notice, the serpentine wall which was added by architect Joseph Everett Chandler when he designed the Steven-Coolidge gardens.  It serves as a nod to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

virtual 2020 Tulip Festival

This pretty lady is floral designer, Sandra Sigman.  She said, “I felt lightheaded when I rounded the bend at Stevens-Coolidge Place and saw 30,000 tulips in full splendor.”  I certainly guess one would.  What a sight to behold!

blue, white, yellow and peach arrangement by floral designer Sandra Sigman“Muscari and white hyacinths balance the visual weight of yellow and peach double tulips. Green viburnum softens the flow.”  Design by, Sandra Sigman

multicolored tulip arrangement by Sandra Sigman with pink, yellow, and white blooms Design, by Sandra Sigman.

According to Sigman, “Tulip’s beam happiness, and they prompt glorious floral arrangements in a range of hues other flowers can only wish to match”

Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit and that you have been soothed by a little beauty.  

Know I wish you and yours a lovely day and a splendid week ahead.

And. . . 

May you find love, beauty, and kind souls wherever you roam.  Stay well!

 

  Tulip, Amazone

 

“To love beauty is to see light.” ~ Victor Hugo

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

Notes:

The magazine Flower House|Garden| Lifestyle, may be ordered here:

Living Floral, by Margot Shaw is available through Amazon

Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers

 

The Stevens-Coolidge Place’s Spring Spectacular will be held April 24–May 16, 2021. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit thetrustees.org 

There are 150,000 bulbs planted throughout their grounds.  One would have to be inspired at such a sight.  It truly will be a Spring Spectacular.

 

April 17 – 24, 2021, will be Historic Garden Week in Virginia.  This is something quite amazing and I highly recommend attending. For information,  Visit: 

 

Photo of tulip, Amazone is from Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maristella
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Fabulous pictures! Made me smile! Have a blessed day!

Rita C at Panoply
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Beautiful flowers! And the sun is shining here in the capital city this morning, what a great combination (it’s been so gray for so many days!). Happy Sunday, Sandra. I am in love with that muscari and white hyacinth bouquet – pinned!

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
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Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Good morning, Sandra! Those flower bouquets are so beautiful and have me dreaming of spring. I’m going to have to check that magazine out. Thanks for sharing! Happy Sunday!

bonnie morgan
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Beautiful images. I would love to see that many tulips blooming but to be able to cut them and make an arrangement would be wonderful!
Have a great week, Sandra.

Pam Richardson
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Sandra, the tulips are so beautiful. I agree with Rita, the muscari and white hyacinths are fabulous. I have the “Living Floral” book and I shall pull it off the shelf and revisit it this week for some beautiful flower therapy. The sun is shining after many days of rain and gray skies. Wishing you a lovely day, my friend!

jeanie
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My subscription to Flower expired but I do know the publication and it is indeed a stunner. And you are right — we need beauty as an antidote to the ugly we have seen in the past week. Thanks for this one, sweet friend.

Penny Carlson
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Thank you for this. I really needed something to sooth my soul. I am going to order the magazine. Happy Sunday.

Louise Stronach
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I hope that many people will be able to enjoy your Tulip Festival this year. We will need to see all the beautiful growing flowers to lift our hearts and make our soul sing again. Thank you for sharing this beauty and calmness and hope.🌷

Bobbi Duncan
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Sandra, thank you for the glorious floral therapy! I use the chicken wire and tape for most of my arrangements–it really makes it easier and prettier, I think. Tulips are a favorite of mine, especially all the Easter colors. Even though I love winter & snow, I find myself absorbed in spring planting books by the end of February lol! I live next to Longwood Gardens and they have a spectacular show of tulips every spring for which I am most grateful. This weekend has been bright & sunny, as will the week ahead. I don’t mind the cold, but… Read more »
Lorrie
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Beautiful photos of gaily coloured tulips that certainly cheer up the grey day we’re having here. In my garden the first bulbs are barely beginning to poke their sharp leaves up through the soil. I can hardly wait until they bloom (several months away). Have a wonderful day, Sandra.

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