Hello everyone. I’m back and very pleased to be participating again in Cathy’s challenge to fill a vase with material from our gardens. Having been in the UK for 2 weeks I returned last Sunday only to awake on Monday with fully blown flu! I did venture out last Monday and di find a few flowers to pick but in the end felt too ill even to arrange them.
Plans for flowers to celebrate the New Year also failed to materialize as one thing after another was cancelled. But at least I’d improved enough to host a lunch party yesterday.
There were no gardening gifts to open on Christmas morning but my husband did give me a greenhouse heater which was opened before we left for the holidays as sub-zero temperatures had been promised for while we were away. I’m thrilled with the heater which has already been doing its job of keeping the temperatures inside the greenhouse above freezing. My MIL came up trumps with a new book about flower arranging based around the seasons, using a mix of garden and bought flowers. I found almost all the arrangements inspirational so I’ll talk more about the book on another occasion.
I have always had problems arranging flowers in the two rectangular, glass vases that I have. I love their form and being narrow are good choices for the mantle pieces so I am happy that I will now be able to use them more often.
The book shows several arrangements using this form of vase so I used the idea of filling the vase with stones and then some crab apples (picked from the ground where the terrifyingly strong winds of last week had thrown them.
Amazingly the flowers of the Chiosya ternata that I also used before Christmas is still flowering; I had been worried that the sub-zero overnight temperatures would have turned all the flowers brown, it is in a protected part of the garden and doesn’t get the early morning sun so it long may it continue to flower.
Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ is a bit of a surprise – the long wet but warm autumn meant that there was plenty of material for cuttings this year, these flowers are from those cuttings which are now forming strong plants in the greenhouse.
I don’t usually like to use food items in my arrangements as it seems wrong when so many people in the world are hungry, but these frigitelle had been left on the plants and weren’t going to be edible (I did pick others that I was able to use as part of the Mezze for yesterday’s lunch party. As the frigetelle are always very prolific I may try drying some in future years as I have to admit that I like the colour in the vase.
Do visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what others have found for their vases today or better still why not join in! Thanks Cathy, its lovely to be back joining you this week.