Floral pickings are relatively spare right now but I managed to cobble together some scraps from the garden for a small arrangement that doesn't include my year-round bloomers this week. As Christmas decorations have begun to fill the house, there's less space for vases anyway.
|Back view featuring the globe daisies (Globularia x indubia) that recently reappeared|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Argyranthemum 'White Butterfly', noID Ceanothus, Globularia x indubia, Osteospermum '4D Silver', Vitex trifolia 'Purpurea', and Westringia fruticosa 'Morning Light'|
As the arrangement I created two weeks ago is still sitting on the dining room table (minus only the Mangave bloom spikes), the new arrangement landed on the kitchen island.
I attempted another wreath this year but, running out of patience and struggling with a backache, it failed to live up to my expectations. I erred in failing to hydrate the cut stems overnight after I assembled the materials in small bundles before wiring them to a metal frame the next morning. My guess is that it won't hold up long even hung outside.
|In addition to the ribbon I've reused for years now, I added an angel, more Cotoneaster berries, and Leucadendron 'Blush'. The last were leftovers from last week's vase.|
A garden gnome, released from his confinement in the garage only for a brief interval each December, took his place near the front door to greet visitors.
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All material © 2012-2021 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party
Love your healthy scraps, Kris. Lovely color on the Ceanothus with the Osteospermum and the vase. The Christmas decorations look beautiful too. A neighbor gave me some nice magnolia branches yesterday. Have a good week.ReplyDelete
If I'd thought ahead, Susie, I'd have saved some Magnolia branches for my wreath when the tree service was here the day after Thanksgiving. I picked up two that fell after they cleaned up and left but I left them in the sun too long and they didn't make the cut when it came to putting my wreath together. There's always next year!Delete
"scraps from the garden"? I have no blooms currently and find you 'scarps' an abundance. Your vase today have lovely rich color scheme. How fun that '4D Silver' seedlings proved true to color. I do appreciate "gentle" holiday decorations; I shoved Nandina berries and a confiner cutting in a vase and called it good :-DReplyDelete
I hope you back recovers soon.
Everything is relative! It seems my head sets its norms for floral production based on late spring ;)Delete
Your Christmas wreathes are inspiring. They look wonderful if your sunshine.ReplyDelete
The sunshine departed behind clouds today, Noelle, although the current forecast doesn't show any rain until the wee hours of tomorrow morning. Given the depth of our drought (and its long-term repercussions), I'm looking forward to a bit of gloom.Delete
Aahh, love the gnome! Your Christmas decorations are lovely too. I haven't made an effort this year yet, but this is inspiring. The Osteospermum in your arrangement is especially pretty.ReplyDelete
I'm afraid I found myself going through the motions with respect to Christmas preparations myself this year, Cathy. I couldn't let my husband (aka Scrooge) know that, though - he'd rejoice if I elected to skip the celebrations altogether and then expect me to do that every year ;)Delete
How exciting to have the osteospermum self seeding - I noticed some of mine in pots have survived the few frosts we have had, although I wasn't planning to overwinter them. These 4D ones are so striking, aren't they? It works so well with your ceanothus. Well done for getting your wreath done, even if you doubt its longevity - sadly I haven't found the time to do one here yet, although usually have got one on the door at the start of the month. Not sure there are any berries on our holly now either...ReplyDelete
I was thrilled with the Osteospermum '4D Silver' seedlings, Cathy. I'd always assumed these hybrids reverted to the form of their single-petaled ancestors. The 4D varieties work well in arrangements, unlike the single-petaled varieties that close up in low light.Delete
Lovely wreaths and love the gnome climbing gnome. Can we see your tree too, please?ReplyDelete
The tree looks very much like the one I decorated last year, Tracy. Maybe I'll show it later if I get a good photo of the cat sleeping under it ;)Delete
Very pretty holiday offerings, Kris. I like the grumpy gnome and his rosy cheeks!ReplyDelete
I saw on the weather that you might have some rain headed your way soon. Fingers crossed!
The forecast isn't as good as it was looking last week, Eliza, but it still seems certain we're going to get rain here from the wee hours of Tuesday through mid-afternoon. Originally, there were projections exceeding one inch of rain but it now looks like half that :( I turned our irrigation system off last week when we got 15/100ths of an inch.Delete
I like your home made wrath Kris ! I wish I could find somewhere to forage Pyracantha berries. My neighbor has a row of Cotoneaster that used to drape the berries over my fence but now she has her mow-blow guy chop the plants down a couple times a year so it never gets berries anymore.I just don't get it.ReplyDelete
You might have some wrath, but you know what I meant !Delete
Yes, I knew what you meant, Kathy! I guess your neighbor doesn't care much about birds if she prunes the shrubs before they bear fruit. The berries are the main attraction of Cotoneaster in my view.Delete
Very pretty wreaths. I am not much of a wreath maker but thought I would try using colourful branches this year to make a star for our front gates.ReplyDelete
I haven't mastered wreath-making by any means, Elaine. My wreaths are too skinny. Using branches to make a star sounds like a great idea!Delete
I really love your arrangement, Kris -- the cool-colored foliage is perfect with the blue flowers! And I'm amazed that your Osteospermum came true.ReplyDelete
I hope your wreath holds up after all, as it's quite pretty. Hopefully in a year or two I'll be settled enough to make a wreath, but in that case I'll have to plant a few evergreens in order to have anything much to cut! ;-)
I don't have any of the traditional evergreens (e.g. pines), Amy, but Leucadendron and even cherry laurel foliage holds up amazingly well. My wreath is getting a good soaking this morning which may help it survive as I didn't have the sense to hydrate the cut stems beforehand ;)Delete
I love your wreath! (the one you made) It is gorgeous.ReplyDelete
I'd hoped to make this year's wreath a lot bulkier, Loree, but I just didn't give it the time and patience needed to create the number of plant bundles I needed to do that. Next year (maybe).Delete
The colors on the bouquet are wonderful and go so well with the very pretty vase.ReplyDelete
The grumpy Gnome is exactly how I feel without rain. Are your collection tanks full already? We're getting a glorious soaking here. Hooray! Enjoy the rain!
It's a decent storm, HB! We've received about 2/3rds of an inch of rain from this storm thus far, hopefully with more to come this afternoon. The 50 and 160-gallon tanks are full. I haven't even tried to assess the 265-gallon tank. It's fed from the smallest roof (the garage) so I'm collecting rain in plastic trugs to dump into it after the rain stops.Delete
The Osteospermum are a nice Christmas surprise. They look wonderful in your blue vase.I love both wreathes and the one you made looks great, wreathes are hard to make! I used berries sometime and they might last a week outside, depending on the weather and if the birds find them..ReplyDelete
I just refilled my bird feeders so hopefully the birds will leave the berries on the wreaths alone. Right now, I'm watching them swamp the feeders in the rain from my office window :)Delete