“Beauty is the shadow of God on the universe.” ~ Gabriela Mistral
Photo 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 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.)
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.
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!
“Muscari and white hyacinths balance the visual weight of yellow and peach double tulips. Green viburnum softens the flow.” Design by, Sandra Sigman
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!
“To love beauty is to see light.” ~ Victor Hugo
The magazine Flower House|Garden| Lifestyle, may be ordered here:
Living Floral, by Margot Shaw is available through Amazon
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.