Cathy's own dedication to the meme has been the driving force behind my participation. She always brings enthusiasm to the process. And, rain or shine, in town or on holiday, her posts appear like clockwork. She encourages participation on whatever level works for each blogger and she supports everyone with appreciative comments. So, Cathy, my vase this week is dedicated to you.
After the hottest October on record here, as well as two bouts with Santa Ana winds (also known as "devil winds"), flowers are in relatively short supply in my garden this week. My Senna bicapsularis, one of the mainstays of my fall garden, is already fading but I took advantage of the fact that there was still enough to cut. However, the Senna came with two surprises:
|The second surprise was the fasciated (flattened) stem I found on the Senna. Fasciation (aka cresting) can be caused by genetic abnormalities or bacteria. If I'd had more time, I would have tried to create an arrangement around this stem.|
Here's a closer look at what was included in this week's vase:
|Clockwise from upper left: Eustoma grandiflorum 'Borealis Yellow', Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', the inedible berries of Pyrus calleryana (aka ornamental pear), and Senna bicapsularis (aka Winter Senna)|
Visit Cathy to see how she's celebrating her meme anniversary and to find the intriguing contributions of a diverse group of bloggers from different parts of the world. Their ingenuity, enthusiasm, and the beauty of their creations is a large part of the draw of this meme.
|This week's vase on the dining table|
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