Irish Daffodils, the Scent of a Greenhouse, and Swedish Talent

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to lounge in this green space for the next few hours. For Elle Interior, Photography by Idha Lindhag, Styling by Tina Hellberg

Always in February I think about greenhouses. The smell of a greenhouse in particular—all moist and peat-moss scented. And anything that is remotely green piques my interest. That last comment isn’t special to February, though. I’m like a hound dog, always sniffing out green, my favorite color, hands-down.

Last week the first bunches of Irish daffodils arrived in my local market. Their buds were still closed, all except for one. I was meeting a friend for lunch, and took the bunch of daffodils to her. My car smelled briefly of spring as I made my way across town to her frame shop, where we ate surrounded by wood, and mat board, and artwork awaiting new glass and molding. And—I might add—the scent of daffodils.

When I came home to browse my photos from last spring, I saw that I took this photo of daffodils on May 2. *Sigh*— must be patient.

The latest green photos to catch my eye came from another place where people are hungry to see green in February—Sweden. I came across the first photo on Pinterest and it led me through that rabbit’s warren (the web) to find the source, which in this case is the creative combination of Swedish stylist Tina Hellberg and photographer (I believe also Swedish) Idha Lindhag. This image graced the cover of the Swedish magazine Elle Interior.

More styling work of Tina Hellberg to follow……

Photography Petra Bindel, Styling Tina Hellberg, for Elle Interior.

See more Petra Bindel photography.

Photography Magnus Anesund, Styling Tina Hellberg, for Elle Interiors.

Photography by Magnus Anesund, Styling by Tina Hellberg, for Skanska Nya Hem

See more photography by Magnus Anesund here.

Skanska Nya Hem magazine.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Erin
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:48:14

    Sue –
    Today I’m loving the green of our lemon tree with the light shining through its leaves. After having such a brown and grey winter, I must say that our fresh blanket of white is making me unusually happy for February.

    April 27th is the earliest daffodil picture I have….mutual sigh.


  2. Deborah
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 22:21:54

    It’s hard to believe, but I actually saw daffodils blooming in a small front garden in Park Slope, Brooklyn today! Crocuses, too, and another lovely flower I don’t know the name of. Later, though, it was alarming to read about how worried local farmers are about fruit trees blooming early, because of the danger of a late frost… these early glimpses of spring are a mixed blessing for sure if it might mean fewer apples in the fall!


    • 129twigandvine
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 09:00:00

      Early blooms are a risk for harvest—good reminder……my friend in Hartland, Vermont, had her daffodils poking up on a hillside free of snow last week. Now it’s all under a few inches. Not sure how that will play out. Everything green is still hiding at our place. xox


  3. Just A Smidgen
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 00:10:16

    I’m soooo craving spring, I had fresh daffodils on my counter this past weekend and now tulips… I can’t wait! Love your photos!!


  4. Broken Anonymous
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 16:25:10

    I just love green, ever since I was a child. For me, it’s such a happy color. Yesterday we managed to make it to a local park and there was so much beautiful green moss covering the ground, despite the weird rain/snow combination falling from the sky. I wish I could shrink myself and live among all of it. I wish it could be spring, the rebirth all year round.

    Lovely post.



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