Butterfly Wings & Other Things
by petal & pins
I have been wanting to do a post about butterflies for a while now.
Ideas and inspiration swirled around gathered momentum and somehow got away from me – just like a butterfly flitting, just beyond reach.
There are silk butterflies from Paris pinned on my notice board that were given to me several years ago. Occasionally I ‘release’ them from the cellophane bag to contemplate a myriad of possibilities.
The teacups I bought for my serendipitous friend and I are adorned with flowers and butterflies.
I stumbled on this quote –
‘Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued,is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you’
And I photographed some real ones in my garden.
One summer many moons ago my cousin was given a butterfly net. I don’t remember catching any when my sister and I trailed along but I do remember the ones he’d already caught pinned and displayed.
Years later, visiting a National Trust house in Sydney I was mesmerized by a picture of a floral arrangement which was created out of butterfly wings on black velvet.
I wouldn’t advocate butterfly collecting now and I feel very lucky they visit my garden and simply delight in the random moments when I get to observe one.
I reminded my cousin of his butterfly net and it elicited a smile – he’d completely forgotten about it. The hobby I suspect only lasting one summer. We pondered whether there are less butterflies about these days and I said I thought we are less inclined to stop and notice such things as adults.
Soon after that conversation I heard a fascinating interview with a butterfly farmer on the radio.
And then butterflies seemed to be everywhere – from Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2014 Haute Couture collection shown last January, ‘ Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert‘ tea sets, to fabric prints and an invitation to a birthday party.
I decided it was time to finally do my butterfly post before the moment escaped again.
Spring is tantalisingly close in Tasmania so picking from some of the early arrivals I made a flower arrangement inside my teacup and set the silk butterflies free.
Are there butterflies in your garden?
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What a gorgeous arrangement! We are seeing fewer butterflies this summer in Virginia. Each one we spot is special, and we enjoy watching for them. One lit on my shoulder this morning while I was watering on the patio. What a pleasure to observe it close up 😉 Best wishes, WG
They are ever-inspiring, aren’t they? Although I live in an area of NYC with a lot of gardens filled with flowers and variety of trees, I rarely see a butterfly 😦
Yes it’s pretty special when you see one. I’ve been reading about a lot of interesting roof top gardens in NYC recently.
So gorgeous Sandra!
Thanks Helen, your garden should be looking gorgeous this Spring!
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