You may not know but…
This is Rally Weekend
At least it is at my church.
That first weekend after Labor Day.
When people return to the pew.
It’s an unofficial new beginning
In many churches.
This year we also were re-dedicating
A room that has recently undergone a remodeling.
All of this required flowers
Lots and lots of flowers.
So I spent Saturday morning
Something I love to do.
It all actually started on Friday night.
If you have the time
It’s best to cut flowers in the cool of the day.
Morning is the best
Evening will do.
Cut what you think you will need
And let them sit over night
In buckets of water.
Soaking up moisture from end to tip.
If the stems are thick
Make a slit in the bottom of the stem
To ensure they get a good drink.
Brunch was being served in the breezeway.
Which is basically a large open space.
That means a large arrangement is called for.
Luckily I have a big white vase
Just right for this space.
I also happen to have
Several other white vases
Two tall and narrow
And two low.
All of which will do nicely.
Now I must confess that there is one flower
I have little to no luck growing.
I live on the prairie
Where they grow wild everywhere
But I can not get them to grow
In my own backyard.
So…because they are so wonderful
And absolutely say
Look at me
I had to buy a few
To add to my own
Suddenly you have 8 fun fall arrangements.
Getting them to the church
Required the help of my friend Mary
Sitting in the back seat holding on.
And a second trip where
The flowered filled brass vases from the sanctuary
Were buckled into the backseat.
Transportation is always interesting
And often truly comical.
I love doing this.
You never really know when you start
What you are creating.
It seems that each time I make arrangements
They turn out differently.
But isn’t that what gardening is all about.
Enjoying the journey
Trusting the process
Having faith that it will be OK
That there is enough.
An abundance mentality.