25.4.11

baby's breath


Oh young girl at the wedding
Baby's breath in her hair
A crowning lace above her face
That will last a day
Before it turns to hay


I haven't been able to get "Baby's Breath" from the new Bill Callahan album out of my head for the past few days. I've been thinking about baby's breath since. It reminds me of weddings that I attended throughout the 1980s -- it was such a constant in bouquets, worn in hair, decorating tables and pews. It feels a bit dated and reminds me of being a little kid who yearned to be a flower girl with flowers in her hair. I suspect it's fallen into disfavour by now. I think it's beautiful, delicate and pretty, with a slightly wild quality. I bought a little bundle of it from a bucket of greenery meant to be used as accents in floral arrangements (I don't know much about arranging flowers, of course). I passed over roses and ranunculus and tulips, thinking that I could make it into a crown to wear while going about my chores.

Funny how a $2 bunch of the most unassuming little flowers can make me feel happy.









REPLIES

danielle, galatea., Rand T, My CoCoon Vintage, pobox607: Glad to hear that you enjoyed!

Thea: Oh, I certainly don't mind a slow pace. And no, not a Lolita situation, but Jane March does look exceptionally young and fragile. I had to look up her age at the time because I was sure that she was about 14.

Caitlin Rose: It certainly comes in handy, although 9 times out of 10 the movie I want to watch isn't listed!

Ringo, have a banana!: I know, she is so beautiful! And you're right, the two look so much alike.

anja: I'll have to re-read it because I don't remember anything about colours (of course, it was more than 10 years ago that I read it).

erica: Oh, I bet it's a joy to read in French.

des: I hope you'll enjoy it!

kater: Oh well!

tara-lynn: Ha, yes. Although I haven't read any of her other books. I have a copy of one of her books on writing, but it's in French, so I have yet to read it.

odessa: I hope you'll enjoy it if you do watch it.

Tracey: Funny how that happens, isn't it? For years whenever I saw boater hats I thought of this movie, even though the hat she wears is a man's felt fedora.

sandyb: Sounds perfect. You enjoy those lazy days!

hila: Thank you! I would be interested to read your take on it. And yes, she does look like a doll which is perhaps why I was a little unsettled by the romance of the movie a bit.

33 comments:

  1. This is such a sweet and romantic blog ... makes everything ok in the world for a few minutes.

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  2. Oh I see. I hadn't realised that it was a flower. I was thinking along more literal lines (and feeling a little perplexed) when I listened to it!

    It's beautifully delicate, and you photograph it with such a light touch. It's often quite rewarding to take pleasure in the overlooked, I agree. Did you make your crown?

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  3. i love baby's breath. it's all about how it's used. did you really wear a flower crown while doing chores? that is amazingly awesome, if so! baby's breath is so you (in the chicest sense of course!).

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  4. Baby's breath is my favourite flower. So lovely on its own!

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  5. how delicate and lovely. you find the nicet lil' things x

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  6. There's something so whimsical about your photos. I love them all xxx

    http://www.takecourageblog.com/

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  7. In swedish the name for babys breath is "brudslöja" which means bridal veil. Maybe it's a universal thing with the wedding theme?
    Pretty pictures by the way! Like your blog a lot, I'm a fairly new reader.

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  8. why would you spend $2 on flowers for yourself!

    seriously being selfish here!

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  9. I am more of a fan of pussy willows (I see them a lot this time of year). I like the delicateness of each little furry pussy and gingerly rubbing each in between my thumb and index finger. I love the word "pussy", as that's what Anonymous is, a fuckin' pussy.

    Can you make me a crown of pussy willows?

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  10. I have to wonder why Anonymous bothers reading this blog, if picking up a bunch of $2 flowers upsets them to such a degree. I actually feel like your blog promotes the exact opposite of what they're accusing you of (in such a cowardly way), that you find beauty and enjoyment in unassuming things is like baby's breath or a thrifted pink walkman (please pretend this doesn't sound as patronizing as I fear it does, it's early in NZ still...) is actually really refreshing in the land of design blogging that usually makes me want to cry with jealousy at the money spent. Here's hoping that this humble little bunch of flowers is enough to encourage Anonymous to fuck right off.

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  11. I love it in vast quantities, filling an urn - like confetti suspended in the air!

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  12. your photos are lovely. as are you. the end.

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  13. I love how spindly baby's breath is! I have a bunch of it in my little room that I collected from various arrangements, because it dries out so nicely!

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  14. these are definitely flowers that don't get enough time to shine, always being overshadowed by roses and such. I never really thought to purchase them on their own, but they are so lovely!

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  15. geez the blogworld sucks sometimes. anonymous just needs to get a life him/herself+go pee on someone-who-deserves-it's parade instead!

    moving along, i know what you mean about baby's breath...the tiny little flowers themselves are so intriguing, but they often get lumped in with larger flowers, and become the background instead, because of their hazy filler quality. (i also remember wearing crowns of it at my aunt's wedding in 1993...i was, indeed, a bridesmaid. at age 11. eek!)

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  16. i bought a bouquet a couple weeks ago and the baby's breath that came with it wouldn't fit into the arrangement once i got home, so i put them in a little pink bud vase, and of course they've outlasted the rest of the flowers by far.
    p.s. keep up the great work. this blog isn't your whole life, neither does it represent it. some commenters above seem to think spending 2 dollars on yourself is selfish, but i bet it's much cheaper than their zoloft prescriptions.

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  17. Your post makes me look at baby's breath totally differently. It's actually, gasp, pretty and delicate and dare I say, kind of interesting. Maybe it's time for it to be in the spotlight, instead of the sidekick.

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  18. baby's breath are so tiny and delicate, i completely understand why you love them so much!

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  19. Oh, flowers are my favorite way to spoil myself and others. So much beauty and inspiration is to be found in nature. Anonymous, a good remedy for a pissy mood is flowers! (unless you're allergic and then I guess I can understand your case of the flower-related grumps.)

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  20. These were my favorite flowers as a kid. I love that when they dry they look the same!

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  21. Baby's breath are my absolute favorite but I've been putting off getting them for the apartment because I really don't want to see them dry up and yellow!

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  22. they also remind me of the 80s (well the early 90s) but they look beautiful on their own, and the way you've photographed them. I feel similarly about carnations.

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  23. this is actually the first time i've ever seen baby's breath. it's really pretty! they're so dreamy.

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  24. My mom wore a crown of baby's breath at her wedding to my dad. It was the most innocent, beautiful, simple adornment and totally befitting the nature of their ceremony and reception. Your words and images always lend such great beauty to ordinary things. That is one of the reasons I love your blog.

    I don't understand why someone would write such a hurtful comment. I agree with indreams that Anonymous should get a life!!

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  25. your description of baby's breath is perfect. it's delicate yet wild - such a wonderful combination. & it's usually the little things that make our days huh? reminds you to slow down a bit and just enjoy life. thanks for sharing (:

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  26. Ah, my folks had a baby's breath plant in their garden when I was little. It's just such a pretty plant. Almost like tumbleweed's better looking older sibling?

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  27. I love baby's breath, don't even care they're currently uncool. I think they were the first flowers I ever bought for myself.

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  28. I've always liked baby's breath and I think it's wonderful that Bill Callahan's song sparked this!

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  29. I think baby's breath is wonderful by itself. Enjoy it.

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  30. AGREED about the baby's breath, but I could never pass up ranunculus now that it's my new favorite flower (so dynamic!)

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  31. i used to work at a few florists as a teenager and one of them made the most hideous bridal bouquets using red roses and baby´s breath - i still remember being shocked by turning this airy beauty into something this awful. lovely picturess!

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  32. So delicate and pretty, aren't they? My Mom has kept a little in a few old glass bottles so they always remind me of her. She also had them in her hair at prom in an old photo I saw. Lovely photos.

    Anon - take your own advice and get a life.

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  33. Wow those flowers look really stunning thanks

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