Alstroemeria, Snapdragons, & Burlap

Yesterday when I went to Tasty Tuesday farmer’s market, one of my favorite growers was not there. It is almost the end of April, and he is at home getting ready to close-up his garden and pack for his trip back to Maine. Jim is an inspiring man who loves to grow things and lives a lifestyle of harmony. He lives in Maine from May to October growing crops, canning and selling his produce and flowers. In October, he loads up his truck and arrives back at his home in New Port Richey, Florida. He then sells apples, pumpkins, and various produce along with his canned products from the summer while he plants his front yard for his winter crop. His lifestyle does not conform to society’s expectations but provides him immeasurable happiness. He lives to grow. Florida summers are so hot that little will grow. Maine of course is too cold in the winter.  He travels, shares his crops and homemade products, and seems to have found a peaceful, calm place in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

His lovely spring bouquets and produce are gone, and I will miss his presence. Instead, I made a bouquet from snapdragons from a friend’s yard and purchased alstroemeria and pulled out my burlap table runner.

 

 

 

 

Temps in April were in the 80’s with a couple of days of 90. The amaryllis are struggling and the petunias are almost done.  My white lilies will bloom in the next week, and I know spring will end soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for coming by and sharing my space with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

12 thoughts to “Alstroemeria, Snapdragons, & Burlap”

  1. How lovely this man share so much. He is quite busy. Love your flower display on your table. Definitely speaks spring. I love to stroll through our Farmer’s market. Thanks for your sweet visit. I would invite us to share your post at our link party, Dishing It & Digging It on Sunday at 4:00 EST.

    1. Thanks for the visit and the invitation to share at your link party. I would be very happy to share my post. Carol

  2. This is so pretty, Carol. Alstroemeria is one of my favorites because they last so long. They are usually less expensive at my store too which makes them doubly wonderful.

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We love having you.

  3. Carol-
    I agree with Stacey about alstroemeria- it is so sturdy.
    Thank you for sharing this at TOHOT!

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

  4. Good Morning Carol,
    I am enjoying your lovely centerpiece (some of my favorite blooms) and the thoughtful tale of Jim just as much.
    “Live to Grow.” What a beautiful way to describe someone, I am sure his spirit is filled with goodness.
    I am partial to Farmers being the daughter of a Mom and Dad who both were.
    Thank you for sharing this special and pretty post with us at Thought of Home on Thursday.
    Jemma

    1. Thanks – yes he is a very special person. The first time I met him several years ago, I just had spent most of my money with my favorite growers. He had some home canned fruit that looked so good. I told him I would buy it the next week, and he replied that I should take it now and pay next week. I suddenly felt so protective of this special soul. He was so open and trusting. I handed him money the next week and he asked what is this for? I reminded him and he just laughed and said, “see I told you, it would work out.” Carol

  5. A simply lovely arrangement Carol! I am a bit late to the TOHOT party this week due to my college semester finals but I’m so glad that I didn’t miss this. Have a wonderful week.

  6. Beautiful bouquet, Carol. I love to add alstroemeria to my bouquets as almost opened buds…they last so much longer than many other flowers, plus they are beautiful.
    Have a great week.

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