A gentleman's farm in the Lake Forest countryside creates breathtaking bouquets from their home-grown blooms.
Maybe it's the wide open spaces. Or the gentle Lake Michigan breezes. Or the rich, dark soil tended year after year by an endless parade of gardeners, staff and volunteers.
How ever it is that Lake Forest's Elawa Farm is able to nurture seedlings into magnificent blooms and bouquets for their summer Garden Market, one thing is for certain: Every petal, every graceful stem, every unique face and subtle hue, is absolutely a thing of beauty.
For both gardeners and non-gardeners alike, the seemingly simple arrangements of everyday peonies, lavender, lady's mantle and assorted annuals and perennials--in painted jars or make-shift metal vases--are nothing short of a work of art: The inspiration of a still life painting.
So at a time when my busy phase three lifestyle is gradually edging out the hours once spent tending flower beds and home landscape, these beauties remind me of the power of a freshly cut flower.
And encourage me to step away from the never-ending to-do list, to waste a moment or two with my hands back in the soil, nurturing natural beauties in my own garden.
In addition to growing magnificent flowers and creating floral arrangement to match, Elawa Farm, and the surrounding Lake Forest Open Lands, offer unlimited opportunities to explore and appreciate nature at it's best. It's no wonder it's considered a local treasure. Hope you have a chance to stop by.......or enjoy an 'Elawa Farm' of your own, where ever it may be.