I thought I'd be posting photos of a Christmas wreath today. With humidity levels in the single digits, I've put off purchasing a wreath, garlands and a tree but, trying to work up some enthusiasm for the holidays, on Sunday I picked flowers that mimicked the frosty images I saw posted by bloggers in Texas and the Eastern US who found their gardens dusted with snow late last week.
|I used icy blue and white flowers, variegated foliage, and threw in my last (?) 2 purplish-blue Lisianthus blooms|
|Back view: My blue, brown and cream mug picked up nicely on the floral and foliage colors|
|Top view: I don't think I've had Lisianthus blooming in December before but then summer's blooms burned out earlier than usual this year so perhaps the plants are making up for lost time|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Eustoma grandiflorum (aka Lisianthus), Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus', Osteospermum '4D Silver', and Westringia fruticosa 'Morning Light'|
While doing some Christmas shopping, I picked up a small inexpensive vase for myself to provide the house with some holiday bling. I'd originally planned to use the mirrored glass vase with the blue and white flowers but decided it complemented my pink Camellias better.
|The trick in photographing this arrangement was avoiding taking an inadvertent selfie|
|Back view: You may recall that I combined Camellia and Leptospermum stems in a vase on November 20th. I didn't like the effect on that occasion but I think the shorter scale of this arrangement improved the pairing. The addition of Alternanthera foliage that echoes the burgundy centers of the Leptospermum helps tie the elements together too.|
|Top view: The Camellias have suffered in the low humidity of the past week so I had no hesitancy about cutting them|
|Clockwise from the left, the vase contains: noID Camellia sasanqua, Alternanthera 'Little Ruby', and Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl'|
I've started pulling out small (non-perishable) decorations here and there. When the winds die down and humidity levels start to rise, I expect I'll jump into holiday preparations. For now, I'm making do with my faux frost and a bit of silver bling.
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