MATTER + FLOWER { CONE }

I’ve always been amazed by the math of pine cones.

Seed hives.

These little arrangements are perched on a sugar cone, with flossy California oak moss and dear Hellebore. The dusty purple rose is named Amnesia.

MATTER + FLOWER { NEST | BIRD TWO }

I’m not sure just which kind of bird made this nest. Outside, it’s composed of twigs and grass and such. Inside, it’s lined with thyme and lavender and rosemary and little bits of downy cotton ball.

MATTER + FLOWER { NEST | ORIOLE }

These little arrangements are done in an oriole’s nest.

It was built around a Poplar branch, attached by threads and string. Oriole nests are like sacs that hang down off of trees. This one is composed of the most ingenious materials: dental floss, fishing line, twine, yarn, bits of plant material and plastic, woven into something remarkably strong and flexible.

Next time I cut my hair, I’m going to leave the clippings out for the the orioles.