Tuesday, March 9, 2010

instead of flowers

Rather than buy winter flowers, I've taken to displaying lemons about the house.


They last longer, transport more readily, damage less easily and look fresh and bright. The fridge is full of gin and delightfully canned tonics so that they don't go to waste.


For blogging purposes, I like to pretend that I grow the lemons myself. I grow them modestly, not complacently.

42 comments:

  1. Speccy, are you out there anywhere? Would you have an email address where you can be contacted?

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  2. I see you like to display Juniper as well Mise...

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  3. I too love lemons in a bowl or even on a pink platter (I just knew your platter would be pink).

    As it happens (I say this modestly) we have a citrus grove of limes, lemons and grapefruits and cumquats and oranges. But the only trees that do well are the pointless ones - the cumquat and grapefruit. I would love more lemons.

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  4. Thank you for this timely wise counsel .
    I salute you very much.

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  5. I love your lemons. (And I say that modestly.)

    xo,
    -maria

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  6. They do make a happy display. I like your thinking too - decor with alcoholic benefits.

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  7. thats a well fine harvested set of lemons indeed mise...

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  8. A whole citrus grove all to yourself, Jane, albeit with loser lemon trees? I shan't sleep well tonight.

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  9. hi mise

    creative secondary use of the lemons.
    there have been times (in my past of course ) that they looked kinda cool stuck to the counter the morning after haha

    ~laura

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  10. Now Mise, 'fess up! The true story is that you have lemons on hand in every room for those G&T moments, and the aesthetic is just a happy side-effect, no?

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  11. And they smell lovely! A third incredible benefit of lingering lemons. I envy your stash of tonic, those little tins are so cute.

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  12. They look lovely Mise - when we lived in Sydney I used to pick them from the garden and they looked fab with the leaves attached - nowadays I have to go to Tesco & they are little specimens which have probably been in storage for months...no matter, love lemons! x

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  13. Very Mary Fedden! I now have to lie in a darkened room after I've just read the responses to your 4th Feb post which I missed somehow. I'm wondering whether I should change my blog name - with all the mattress stain connotations I'm feeling less than lovely!
    Wend

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  14. I love your melons - and I say that immodestly, Simple Vintage.

    What is it with you girls and PINK??? What's wrong with Lemon Yellow? Blue?

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  15. lemons are one of my favorite decorating pieces! so cheery and bright :) i like that your platter is pink, i usually choose green or pink myself! :)

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  16. Citrus fruit is God's way of reminding us of the other side of winter. When I has an office job, I used to keep them on my desk. They smelled nice, and they made me happy.

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  17. Very thrifty of you. I personally think there is nothing like a big bowl of lemons on a table to brighten up the room. I have learned from experience that it is best to keep a few recipes for that point and time when you need to replenish....
    Jeanne:)

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  18. Hi Mise
    I love all things citrusy ..... the smell is so fresh and vibrant and a good start to the day.... always a lemon or two floating around my place.. although I miss having a lemon tree in the backyard.... I miss having a backyard...

    your display looks delightful and I would have sworn that you grew those babies yourself.... xx Julie

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  19. I'm sure that you have a lemon grove in your back garden, Mise. You're just being modest. You grow the strain that doesn't need sunshine and heat !!
    I, too, think that it's just an excuse to drink gin and tonic as soon as the sun is over the yardarm !! haha XXXX

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  20. Aw, they look so fresh and pretty! Now I'm craving some summer lemonade.

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  21. Oh Mise, lemons are the fruit that just keep on giving. My kind of fruit. I have a friend who even fills the bottom of her vases with them when she arranges her flowers. It looks wonderful, but quite tricky to extricate when you need to add a quick squeeze to your drink. Functional, edible decor. Love it...on so many levels. Meredy xo.

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  22. I love having lemons out in a bowl on the table. It just makes the room feel fresh! Makes me think of spring!

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  23. I just assumed that you had grown them yourself, of course.

    When life gives you lemons, make G&T's--a fabulous motto, and much better than boring old lemonade.

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  24. it's not even my birthday and you give me this. Lemons and lavender are my 2 very bests smells. how kind, thank you

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  25. I'm with humel-serendipity. I expect that Pink or Blue daughter gathered too many in the grove when it was tonic time and plopped the extra in one of your many stylish display items.

    Have emailed. Wildly curious

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  26. Your lemons look lovely — they're practically glowing with peppy yellowness. More usually they're sliced or squeezed before their beauty is acknowledged!

    When I was a child, my grandmother showed my sister and I how to use oranges as air fresheners, by spiking them with lots of cloves. I've always meant to do the same with a lemon.

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  27. mmmmm...lemons...a standard in my house...I have an orange tree that produces fruit that unexpectedly tastes like lemons. Weird but OK with me.

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  28. How lovely!! so bright these pictures. smile. I love the pink oil cloth too.

    And agree especially with Tracey "citrus fruit is god's way of reminding us of the other side of winter.

    In the late 70s in virginia (not too warm, we had snow in winter) my parents had a tree with tiny lemons on it. rather dwarfish. but they did manage to keep that tree alive despite the 70s life style which seems miraculous.

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  29. Damn my sidebar takes to long to update the new posts! My comment will be lost in the crowd. Oh well - Lurve your lemons. I am not ashamed to admit that I could never grow them at the rate the gin and tonics go down here ;-)

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  30. Lemons are beautiful and oh so good. I use them all the time in cooking; so there is always a bowl of lemons.

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  31. The lemons are a great idea, so colorful and bright! I just found your blog through Laura's What I Like. Glad I did!

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  32. What a bright idea Mise, and its great if you need a gin and lemon too!

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  33. I love using lemons in the same way...with their bright yellow skin...they just make me smile.

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  34. I love that idea. I will now "grow" some of my own lemons to place around the house.

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  35. Lemons grow like mad around here..Most people don't even use them and there are masses of them on the ground in the alleys..Seems everyone in California has one in their garden..I don't even need my own tree as their are so many around..but I planted a meyer lemon tree anyway...Cheers to you..You have such a pretty smile..

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  36. I was fondling meyer lemons today at the market - they are so pretty! it's the first time I've ever seen them. Regular lemons now seem dull in comparison!

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  37. That's a fine idea. Now that we're slowly easing into the cooler months here, it's a timely tip for me, assuming the gin & tonics I consume on the warmest Autumn days don't cause me to forget by the coolest ones.

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  38. We grow lemons, or should I say, Savannah grows lemons and I sip the G&Ts.
    Just wanted to let you know that I've finally got round to another giveaway, if you're feeling lucky!

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  39. Can't toss peonies into a G&T when they wilt, that's for sure.

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  40. Ah...yes.

    Dahling, can't have too many lemons can we? Who knows when a G&T moment will present itself.

    What a fab idea! Don't mind if I steal it, do you?

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  41. Lemons are good... but limes are better.

    Seriously, try using limes for everything you used to use lemons for (lime juice water icing - YUM)

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  42. I love lemons...everything about them...the color, the smell, the taste...I have been even known to eat them plain! :)

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