Monday, December 31, 2018

In a Vase on Monday: Welcoming the new year!

I've got just one vase to offer this week.  The holidays have been busy and floral material is also in short supply.  My Grevilleas are still the main source of flowers so it's no surprise that another of these set the color scheme for this week's arrangement.

The big, bold flowers of Grevillea 'Ned Kelly' kicked things off this week and last week's featherhead (Phylica pubescens) came along for the ride

The flower-like bracts of Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' took over the stage on the other side of the vase

Top view

Clockwise from the upper left: Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Antirrhinum majus 'Bronze', berries of Heteromeles arbutifolia, Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset', Lotus berthelotii 'Amazon Sunset', Phylica pubescens, Russelia equisetiformis 'Flamingo Park', and, in the center, Grevillea 'Ned Kelly'


It's been cold and, of late, exceptionally dry here and, after running our heater virtually non-stop most of the month, our Christmas tree dried out in record time so I stripped the interior of the house of its Christmas decorations this past weekend, leaving a lone snow globe sitting in the front entry as a nod to the winter season.

This snow globe formerly belonged to my mother-in-law, an avid birder.  Mrs. Cardinal seems to have faded over the years.


The new arrangement occupies the usual place of honor on the dining room table.



For more IAVOM posts, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Best wishes for a beautiful, floriferous new year!


All material © 2012-2018 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

42 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful arrangement and wonderful, seasonal colours too. A lovely snow globe. It looks as though you still have plenty going on compared to here. It's grey and damp but has been mild for us recently. What do you mean by cold? It's been around 10 degrees C here.

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    1. Our low on Saturday got down to 36F/2C, Alison! That was something of a fluke, however - most of our nights have been in the mid-to-upper 40sF/7C+. Our daytime highs are mostly in the low-to-mid 60sF/15-18C so we're definitely still much warmer than you are - but it's cold for us!

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    2. Yes, that does sound chilly. I think we are getting daytime highs of 3-4C this week so that would make you think again. It should be dry and bright though to not so bad! My plan is to prune, tidy and weed until/ in case the weather gets worse.

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    3. Daytime temperatures of 3-4C would send me into hibernation I think, Alison! It's sunny here today (and very dry but that probably goes without saying) and I'm planning some work in the garden too.

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  2. A bright flourish of fireworks to usher in the new year. The snapdragon is a perfect companion for 'Ned Kelly.' (Grevillea envy once again rears its ugly head...) It's still fairly mild and wet here.

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    1. I was surprised at just how spot on the colors of 'Ned Kelly' and that "bronze" snapdragon are, Peter. Pure serendipity!

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  3. I LOVE that new arrangement, gorgeous color and blooms. Happy New Year!

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  4. Even without the beries this vase would really festive, Kris, with its contrasting red and green, a token reminder that the festive season is still around

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    1. A few other species of Grevillea are just coming into bloom with small red flowers but none can compete with 'Ned Kelly'.

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  5. Spectacularly ruddy bouquet -- Happy New Year!

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  6. Hello Kris, what a beautiful arrangement. You seem to have plenty of material despite the cold weather. The antirrhinum is lovely and reminds me that I need to think about sowing seeds soon if I want to pick them in the summer. 'Ned Kelly' seems an interesting choice of name for such a pretty plant - there must be a story there. Wishing you and yours health, wealth and happiness in the year to come.

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    1. I expect we don't get nearly as cold as you do, Elizabeth, but it feels cold to us! We've never had a freeze in this location during the time we've lived here (thankfully). I hope your new year is a great one too.

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  7. The fact that you can make a red/green bouquet for the holidays is perfection. We are having rain that may turn to freezing rain or snow. We're going to a NY's Eve Party for the first time in years and I hate to have the weather be such a damper. Looking forward to a better year in 2019.

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    1. I hope the weather doesn't pose the challenge to the party that you fear, Linda!

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  8. Lovely and stunning arrangement Kris! It is so cheerful and a feast for my eyes. You certainly can grown a very wide range of flowers, many of which I have never heard or seen. They are beautiful! Happy New Year!

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    1. Our climate is VERY different from yours, Cindy. We have a true Mediterranean climate in coastal Southern California, albeit one abysmally light on winter rain of late.

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  9. You have a good eye for matching and supporting subtly varying colours.

    Happy New Year! (Luckily our township tree is wood so no leaves to whimper, and it will stay its 12 Days)

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    1. I was a little disappointed our tree dried up so badly. It was very fresh when we brought it home so I think the fault is entirely ours in running the heat all day.

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  10. 'Ned Kelly' combined with all those other amazing plants yields...magic! Talk about fireworks! Happy New Year, Kris!

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  11. Lovely as always, the Leucadendron always remind me of Proteas - which I adore. Still haven't seen a Grevillea here except a Silk Oak!
    Happy New year and I wish you regular precipitation in 2019.

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    1. Leucadendrons are in the protea family, Amelia. If we could just get 10 inches of rain this winter, I'd be happy, but it's not looking good at the moment.

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  12. Lovely vases! I love the snow globe with the cardinal, snow globes are not a common sight here. I wish you and your family a blessed New Year full of peace, prosperity and health.

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    1. I have a small collection of snow globes, MDN. They're magic is that they conjure childhood visions of Christmas I think.

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  13. I love the color of this one, Kris. It looks wild and windblown, naturally beautiful!
    Happy New Year!

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  14. Such gorgeous colours, what fabulous winter flowers. Happy New Year Kris.

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    1. Luckily for us, the large-flowered Grevilleas flower all year, Chloris. Happy new year to you!

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  15. Even though it is cold your home looks bright and cheery with that beautiful vase full of flowers. Happy New Year.

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    1. As we've had some winters with stretches of weather in the 80s, this one seems very cold to us but maybe we're just getting picky...Happy new year, Lisa!

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  16. That's a lovely arrangement, and it almost speaks Summer to us in the UK where with the grey skies, such colours seem tropical. Happy gardening in the coming year.

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    1. I wish it felt tropical, Noelle! Happy gardening to you!

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  17. Oh that is a most attractive arrangement Kris and must fill the hole left after the removal of the Christmas decorations. We took our Christmas tree outside today. It's a living one and with overnight frosts predicted for the next few nights I think that I should have wrapped it up with a duvet for protection. Wishing you a most happy and healthy New Year Kris and I hope that there's more rain in the equation for your garden xxx

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    1. A living tree is a great idea, Anna. Unfortunately, pines don't do all that well here but I may need to rethink my approach to decorating for Christmas one day - killing a tree for a 3 week display no longer makes a lot of sense to me. But I do love that fresh pine smell!

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  18. That is a gorgeous arrangement - I'm loving all the red...to me, it's actually very Christmasy! I, for one, like to get my Christmas decorations down around New Years - and definitely before the kids are back at school. For some reason, if they are not down by then, they tend to stay up for weeks on end.

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    1. I generally prefer to get my Christmas tree down by the last day of the year too, Margaret. This one just came down a few days before schedule as it was already getting crispy!

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  19. How nice that the flowers you had available in your garden provided the perfect color scheme for the holidays!

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    1. The Grevilleas are always dependable, Jean, although 'Ned Kelly' is skimpier on blooms that my other 2 large-flowered varieties.

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  20. That is such a great arrangement for seeing in the new year. The Grevillea seems to shout out 'Let's celebrate!' Happy New Year Kris!

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    1. 'Ned Kelly' is looking particularly flashy right now but that's largely because he has so little competition. Happy new year to you!

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