Sprouting, Anticipating


Yesterday I discovered a paper bag with four paperwhite bulbs—forgotten and sprouting exuberantly. I tucked them in among the spent paperwhite bulbs I planted in December.

All our outdoor bulbs remain under a thick blanket of snow. The Irish daffodils are appearing in our markets and were irresistible.Their scent fills the house and nips at the tails of the woodsmoke. They increase my anticipation for a trip to Ireland only six weeks away. Travel and spring. Both worth waiting for, I think.

I’m happy to keep the perpetual flow of green indoors until our world shifts to spring. 129twigandvine_daffodils


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.

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