Centerpiece in a Pinch

View from the hill.
The rosemary bush.
Yesterday I was in the mood for a thorough and therapeutic cleaning session. I started doing laundry as soon as I woke up and spent the rest of the morning scrubbing the stove, cleaning counter-tops, mopping floors, vacuuming, and rearranging furniture. By early afternoon, the house sparkled, and I felt the kind of contentment only a day well-spent in Fall cleaning can bring. The only thing missing was a centerpiece for the dining table, but I told myself I would buy flowers on my way home from work.

Later in the afternoon, I took Jahan to the park. We have the good fortune of living in a beautiful community on a hill. The view cheers me up even when I am at my most morose. There is a mini vineyard in a small plot next to our townhouse, and rosemary, lavender, and redberry buckthorn grow alongside the pavement all the way to the park. While pushing Jahan in her stroller, I had the cleverest idea since deciding to start this blog. What if I didn’t need flowers for the centerpiece after all? What if I could cut some branches off of these gorgeous rosemary bushes and put them in a hurricane? It would smell amazing, look great, and cost nothing!

Well, I pulled off a few branches, and sure enough the smell was lovely! After I came home, I filled the bottom of a clear glass hurricane with pebbles and then put in the rosemary branches with a small piece of pine cone from my Fall potpourri box (bought last season from World Market). Voilà! A Fall themed centerpiece just in time for dinner.

The thrifty centerpiece!