A very Happy New Year to each of you; I hope 2016 will bring peace and tranquillity to the world, but I realise that is rather a big ask so perhaps I will also wish you a good gardening year.
Monday morning and I am at home and able to join again with Cathy’s meme where she asks us to find flowers from our own gardens to place in a vase and share.
I needed flowers for my New Year’s Eve Dinner party; I thought I might have to resort to buying some flowers as I was sure that nothing would have survived the numerous frosty mornings that there had been over the Christmas period and every morning since our return from the UK last Monday evening. But there are always evergreens and ever silvers so I ventured out to wander and discover what might work for a small table decoration (there was going to be a lot of food so not too much space for flowers and something more impressive for the sideboard.
The strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) needs pruning back into its lollypop shape so I was happy to pick lots of small branches of that; then I saw, to my amazement that the Rudbeckia (of which I had complained about the lack of flowers earlier was covered in bright yellow starry flowers – the perfect welcome to the New year. The addition of some white candles was all that was needed to create a simple but substantial arrangement.
For the first time in many months I used Oasis as the support for my flowers and candles, I don’t think I could have achieved this in any other way.
For the table I used more of the Arbutus and a mass of Senecio cineraria or Jacobaea maritima as it is now called.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for encouraging us each week, do visit to see what she has found this week.