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Celesta McComas at the Salvisa, Kentucky post office

We got tipped-off about Celesta McComas’s flower show last year at Thanksgiving dinner. My wife Rose told Bobbie Ann Mason that we lived, part-time, in Salvisa, KY. Bobbie Ann lives a few miles away in Lawrenceburg. Clearly suffering from separation anxiety, Bobbie Ann confessed that Celesta had moved the flower show to the Salvisa post office.

Celesta had worked at the Lawrenceburg post office for 18 years. Well, working doesn’t quite cover it all. There was value added. She brought flowers to the post office every week or so.

December 2, 2014: Arisaema draconitum (green dragon), blackberry lily, foxtail, corn tassel, staghorn sumac and wild turkey feather

Celesta is now our good fortune. Every week I stop by my Salvisa post office box, pick-up the Harrodsburg Herald and look at the flower show.

A flower show of a single vase is modest by comparison to big name flower shows like Philadelphia or Chelsea.

Celesta would be embarrassed to call it a show at all, but her public display of wild fruit, flowers from scavenged plants, leaves of all sorts and bird feathers is one of the highlights of my week.

Daffodils on March 30, 2015

Tulips with buckeye, hackberry and walnut stems on April 15, 2015

Bearded and Siberian Iris with box elder branches on May 8, 2015

Peonies on May 26, 2015

Posted by

Allen Bush
on May 27, 2015 at 7:20 am, in the category Unusually Clever People, What’s Happening.