Some of you may remember my enthusiastic post after I visited Cotehele in December 2015. I was so inspired that I wanted to grow everlasting flowers to make a small swag of my own. My seed order for growing in 2016 from Chiltern Seeds failed for some reason so I only grew a few everlasting flowers that I obtained seed of locally. Spurred on by the seemingly large number of blooms produced in a very small area I determined to try again this year. The order worked perfectly (as it usually does) and the seeds were duly sown and planted out into one of the cut flower beds this year. I have to admit that they need picking and preparing a couple of times a week if the plants are to produce optimally – needless to say I didn’t achieve that but I thought I had probably harvested enough for a small swag.The weekend was unpleasant weather wise with strong winds and low temperatures so I was happy to spend Saturday preparing the flowers, creating small bunches of similar coloured flowers by wrapping their stems together with florists tape.
The tray is 75 cm by 40 cm; as you will realise there weren’t as many flowers as I had imagined so a swag, even a small one was unlikely to be possible!
I still wanted to use the dried flowers on the mantel shelf of the fire as anything else is likely to dry to a crisp as the fire is used every evening. I searched the internet for inspiration and looked for ideas in my flower arranging books. Nothing seemed quite right but I did get the idea for a tall slim vase with flowers at the top.
I had wanted to fill the vase, which is about 60 cm tall in its stand, with floating crab apples but my nerve failed as they look so lovely on the tree I couldn’t bring myself to pick them; I then tried with small red, silver and gold glass balls but the finished result didn’t look quite right with the colours of the dried flowers. If you look carefully you can see that one ball remains trapped in the bottom of the vase.
The flowers include: Helipterum roseum ‘Pierrot’, Helichrisum, Limonium suworowii Rat Tail Statice Pink Pokers, Limonium sinuatum ‘Purple Attraction’ and dried Amaranthus caudatus ‘Viridis’. I also included a few of the gold-sprayed garlic chive seed-heads I also used in the Advent Crown last week.
The slim white candle is attached to the Oasis using cocktail sticks and Florists tape.
It is hard to justify the time taken to put together this vase but it was fun trying something completely new to me. It will also be suitable in the cold dark days of January when there are very few flowers to pick from the garden. There still remains about half the flowers so I will be able to use them for other arrangements during the winter.
With my thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden our host for this inspiring meme. Cathy’s garden is under snow this week but she still managed to find some flowers to share with us all.