~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic, 1878
For years my mother tried to teach me how to compose arrangements and even rooked me into helping with helping with the creation flowers for the numerous tables in the restaurant. I only wish I had paid more attention when I had the opportunity to learn by her side. She was famous for being the woman in the roadside ditches cutting weeds, only most did not realize she was collecting joe pye weed, iron weed, and Queen Anne's lace for arrangements.
It was with great joy this morning I opened an email forwarding me your blog. Thanks for sharing her talents with a larger audience.
Jenny Fitch has long been an inspiration for you and I here at Blushing Hostess, moving silently in the back of the flower and garden posts and always in my mind as I am thinking of the glory of wildflowers and the best ways to highlight vibrant seasonal vegetables. When I wrote to you of her beautiful book, The Fearrington House Cookbook, I was unaware that Mrs. Fitch was no longer among us. I learned this from this note from her daughter, Keebe, in response to my post The Wisdom of Fearrington House. It is with belated pause that I note the passing of Jenny Fitch and hope you will find inspiration in her work and in Keebe's note; surely one of the most cherished things to have come of this blog. Again, I would encourage you to seek out a copy of The Fearrington House Cookbook, for both food and the flower arranging inspiration; it is the perfect place to begin in every season.
The household Wednesday table arrangement here at Merryvale was assembled from curbside weeds, lawn volunteers, and the last of the pale daffodils, for Jenny Fitch.