I'm breaking the rules. Not everything in this vase came from my garden. You can probably guess which element is the interloper...
Yes, it's the big ole ornamental cabbage. I know. But I had to. It's the second week of OC&K Challenge don't you know?
Not all the OC&K Challenge entries need to be "planted," you can put together a ornamental cabbage and kale arrangement in a vase...
The garden elements include a few leaves and sprigs of Virginia creeper...
I had to include it...that color...
The dried pods of Colutea arborescens.
The buds of Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Valley Queen.
And a few branches of Grevillea australis.
Putting this arrangement together it occurred to me there is something Aeonium-like about ornamental C&K. Seriously! Big fleshy rosettes of foliage. And yes, there is an element of making-due in that statement (if you can't have this, how about that?).
I also included a couple of Lunaria seed pods, they grow like weeds (haha) in a nearby field. I guess that's a second cheat. But how could I not?
So while I was composing these tranquil shots something entirely different was going on behind the scenes. And my neutral background? Well...it's all a facade
Keeping it real! Here's my photography studio, the corner of our bathroom and a sturdy woven placement atop the trash can. While photographing I was attacked by a 20-lb dog..."you will let me sit on your lap"...
"You will let me snuggle in"
"In fact I'm so comfortable I think I'll just take a nap"
You just never know what's going on behind the scenes...
But wait, I'm not done yet. That vase went over to a friend's house, I needed to make an arrangement to keep at home. This one includes pretty much all the same elements, but it's in an old wooden cheese box that I've had for ages. My mom, grandma, and I used to hit up antique stores and sales and this is a remnant from those days. I'm so glad I've hung onto it all these years.
Of course the words "process cheese American" aren't terribly appetizing, if you think about it. We won't think about it...since it's in the center of our dining table.
I do love the white mini-pumpkins.
And this celebrating autumn thing really is helping with my mental state and the loss of summer.
I'm joining up with Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) as she hosts In a Vase on Monday. I hope she won't be too annoyed with me for featuring store-bought cabbages front and center. If you're considering making your own ornamental cabbage or/and kale arrangement please do so and send me a photo (spiky plants at gmail dot com) - I'll post it along with the other entries in the OC&K Challenge, which ends Nov 1. Have fun!
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