Thursday, February 7, 2019

Catching Up

Hello friends! I have missed you. I have been sick so long and January was a hard month losing both my brother-in-law and a dear friend. 
I have missed commenting on your blogs since before Christmas. 
Finally, I am feeling better and this is a catch-up post. 
My camellias have been pretty and there are so many buds yet to open. Today, the high is 72 so they will be opening fairly quickly. We have had several consecutive nights below freezing so that is good. In south Alabama, you can have summer one day and winter the next. 

This vase is a favorite because it is so easy to cut blooms and drop them in the vase in a few minutes. There are four varieties pictured here. From left to right the first variety is called Romany. Second from the left is 'La Peppermint'. It produces white flowers that are randomly striped with streaks of red. Occasionally, I see an all dark pink blossom on the bush. The third camellia is a small pink variety called 'pink perfection' which was one of the most popular camellias in Victorian days. In the center is a' Professor Sargent'. It's rich red color and peony type blossom start blooming for me in December.

I shared this pic of another arrangement of my camellias recently on Instagram. It was fun to use the milk glass vases I bought at the Country Living Fair back in October in Atlanta.
I think 'Pink Perfection' is so sweet.
Since it is close to Valentine's Day I wanted to show you an arrangement I did several years ago using 'Professor Sargent' camellias and succulents. The container is a copper heart from Martha Stewart from the late 80's.

This was one inspiration photo from Southern Lady 2015.  I find so much inspiration from Southern Lady.
This is another inspiration photo from Southern Lady January/February 2018.

This is my Valentine blog post from last year that the picture above from Southern Lady inspired. You can view that post which is one of my favorites here.

I had a delightful time recently at the Nashville Antique and Garden Show with my daughter. We signed up to hear Bunny Williams speak and was glad we did. She is a talented designer and a great speaker. My daughter especially enjoyed viewing all the artwork and was greatly moved by a painting that she ended up purchasing. She is quite the artist herself. You can view her work at amschnorrenberg_art on Instagram or google it. For some reason, I can't get it to link on Blogger. I have a new painting she did for me that I'll show you later. I am changing some things in the room right now.

I've been busy as well in sharing my passions for butterflies and tablescapes in programs I presented to two of the clubs I belong to.
A friend gave me the butterfly scarf I am wearing and it was perfect for the butterfly program.🦋

We have had spring-like weather for the last few days. I worked in my garden all morning yesterday and it was wonderful to be outside. It felt good to tidy up from several storms picking up limbs.  It was fun discovering daffodils and new growth on my bridal wreath bushes. Hopefully, spring is near! 💐


  1. Hi Bonnie,

    It's so good to have you back! I'm so sorry I didn't realize you had been sick; I really hope you're all recovered now. I appreciate the visits and comments you left on my blog before Christmas, and I'm sorry I'm just now visiting here. Life has been very busy here since my dad passed away last August.

    I'm sorry for the loss of your brother-in-law and your dear friend. That's so hard. Bonnie, I just love your gorgeous camellias, and the "Pink Perfection" and "La Peppermint" are definitely my favorites. Just beautiful! The arrangements look so pretty and elegant in your home. Such a good picture with your daughter! Coincidentally, I just purchased Bunny Williams' book "An Affair With a House" right after Christmas, and am reading it now. She really knows her stuff, doesn't she? Your butterfly scarf is lovely, my friend. :)

    I hope you have a good weekend, Bonnie. Our weather has been just like yours; it's been in the 70's here, too, but supposed to get quite cold again tomorrow night and Saturday. I have some pansy blooms about to open here.

    Hugs to you,


  2. Hi Bonnie, You've been missed. I was thinking about you and your tables this week during our blog hop. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your BIL and friend. Your camellias are gorgeous! Pink Perfection is appropriately named, what picture perfect blooms. We broke a weather record yesterday with a high of 79...there’s going to be so much plant confusion! Gorgeous photo of you and your daughter. ♥

  3. Bonnie I have missed your posts popping up in my email. I'm so happy to know you are finally feeling better after being so sick. I think we both had a rough go of the holidays into January. I know it was especially hard for you loosing two very close people from your life. The flower vase for buds is one I really admire. I love how it showcases your camellias. My goodness, they are all so pretty but the peppermint I think is my favorite. I really wish I had those giant camellias growing in my garden. My MIL had such beauties and she always had cut flowers from her yard in her home. Love the butterfly scarf, perfect for your presentation. Your daughter is lovely like her mom and that is a great pic of you both. Happy you are back Bonnie..........

  4. Bonnie, I have missed you immensely even though we have kept in touch via texts. I missed your beautiful table on this week’s blog hop. I am glad you are feeling better. Your camellias are stunning, I think my favorite is La Peppermin!, they are all so pretty! I would have loved to have heard Bunny speak, I have all of her books. I do love the photo of you and your daughter, I know it will be framed! It reached 79 degrees yesterday and the highs are in the 40’s today, crazy weather. Take care of yourself my friend!

  5. I'm so glad it feels like spring where you are -- that photo of you and your lovely daughter in front of that flower background set my heart in a tizzy, it was so beautiful. We're in the ice-and-snow mode still (and for awhile, I think) so seeing that flood of beautiful colors makes me smile very big this morning!

    Every photo here is so lovely, the tablescapes, arrangements and your beautiful camellias. Oh, that Peppermint! I've never seen one like that and I'm sure I'd be an instant convert.

    It's good to see you hear again. It sounds like it's been a tough few months and I'm so sorry for the losses you've had to face. I hope things are leveling out for you. (I'd love to hear one of your talks!)

  6. Wonderful vignettes!Blessings and best wishes!

  7. Beautiful post Bonnie. I really love the succulents and red camellias. I will have to copy that one. :-) So glad that you are sharing your love of butterflies with others. You are so knowledgeable...great picture of you...

  8. Dear Bonnie, so glad you are feeling better. You have been missed. Oh, how I love your Camellias. They are certainly one of the things I miss from my Virginia garden. My favorite of yours is 'Professor Sargent.' It is gorgeous! Also enjoy seeing them in the milk glass bud vases, so pretty. The picture of you and your daughter is lovely.
    A beautiful post, Bonnie. Stay Well!

  9. Oh Bonnie, I'm so sorry to hear you've been sick! I thought you were perhaps busy or traveling... I am so sorry for the loss of your BIL and friend, with illness and the awful January weather we had I am sure you were very low...Your camellias are simply stunning, what a treasure to have right in your garden. I can't wait to see your new painting, and what a special time you and your daughter must have had at the gardens. So nice to hear from you!

  10. Welcome back! What beautiful table scapes. I love Valentine's, such a fun day. Sorry you have been under the weather and glad you are on the mend. Know you and your girl had fun in Nashville. Happy weekend!

  11. I am so sorry you've been ill. So happy to see a new post from you! Your camellias are so pretty! I love them. Ours have been blooming off and on all winter. We've been trying to find the Mine-No-Yuki to plant in our backyard, but we can't find them anywhere!

  12. So sorry fir your losses Bonnie . I’m so glad you are feeling better and very happy to see s post . Those flowers are beautiful but you and your girl are beautiful . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

  13. Your camellias are beautiful. I absolutely love how you arranged them. I think that my favorite arrangement is the one with the milkglass.

  14. Awww, Bonnie, it's so good to hear from you. You were especially missed in the Valentine tablescape event. I knew there must've been a good reason. I sure hope you're regaining your strength and back to yourself. It sounds like the garden has been good therapy. These days where winter breaks toward spring (earlier for you in AL, but you are a good gauge for those of us further north) are a welcome sight! Your camellias are outstanding. I would love seeing them in the garden.
    Your daughter so resembles you, and I'm happy you two could share that time bonding over a common interest. Wonderful bonding experiences when our adult kids can enjoy some of the things we grow to love so much as we turn our houses into homes.

  15. I am glad you are back! Your camellias are beautiful! We missed your table in the last hop, I sent you an email tonight! Thanks for popping back in at Celebrate Your Story!!

  16. Bonnie, I have been thinking of you. I am so sorry that you have been ill and to hear of the loss of your dear loved ones. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Those camellias are beautiful, and the perfect thing to brighten a winter's day! Take care, sweet friend. I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!!!

  17. Hope you are feeling much better now Bonnie, no fun being under the weather. And, for your loss.

    Just wanted to say I say where you won the giveaway at Purple Chocolate Home and wanted to say congrats. I know you will enjoy using the MC pie plate.

    Happy Valentine' Day dear Bonnie........thinking of you!

  18. Hi Bonnie,
    New to your blog. Congratulations on you win of the beautiful MC pie plate. I look forward to pursuing through you beautiful posts.

  19. I'm so sorry to hear you've been having such a difficult time, Bonnie. A big, strong hug.

  20. Bonnie, I hope you are all better by now, or close to it. It's been a touch year for the flu and colds. My husband is never sick, and he's been coughing for over 5 weeks now. What a treat to go to the Nashville Antique Show! I wish we could have made it to see the antiques, and my friends Eric and Ruthann Ross.

    I love Bunny! Isn't she so charming, she is not only talented, but very easy to talk to, also. The kind of woman you could be best friends with!

    I am so sorry about your losses, it's always so difficult, I know you will miss both terribly. I hope that over time the sweet memories you have will warm your heart each time you think of them.

    Sending you prayers, love and hugs,


  21. Hi Bonnie,
    I am so very sorry about the loss of your brother-in-law and your dear friend. No wonder you have been sick for so long, but I'm happy that you're feeling better. How nice for you and your daughter to hear Bunny Williams. The picture of the both of you is so cute and fun. Your Valentine list from last year, by the fire, is such a romantic one. Take care, Bonnie, and I hope you have a good week.
    P. S. Your camellias are outstanding!

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