I wasn't really planning to put together a vase for today (I have so many other things to blog about!) but when I spotted these Lunaria pods in the same field where I picked my weeds for these vases I knew I had to make use of them...
What to go with? Let's see, how about some dark foliage in a similar shape? Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' needed a little shaping anyway...
And maybe a little foliage with a silver sheen but of a drastically different shape? (Leptospermum lanigerum 'Silver Form')
I didn't cut any branches with the little seed-pod buttons though, I love seeing them on the plant and figure they'd kind of disappear in a vase arrangement.
Finally there were a couple of Callistemon branches I'd pruned the day before but tossed in the yard waste bin...what was I thinking? I dug them out, they still looked fresh!
The finished arrangement.
And inside, where it's living, by the front window.
No flowers to worry about wilting in the sun!
And the back-lighting illuminates the Lunaria perfectly.
The last time I used these in an arrangement I left the outer layers on, because I wanted the seeds to stay in place (polka dots!), this time I wanted the extra silver-sheen you get when only the inner layer is left.
I love the contrast with the Cotinus foliage.
Look ma, no flowers!
But fear not, just across the room are these sunny power-houses of cheer. Not grown by me, bought for a mere $5 at the grocery store, how could I refuse?
The kitchen sink/window area currently has another purchased flower, these Alstroemeria were the 1/2 price grab from a "buy one get one half off" coupon I got with the sunflowers. I think they worked great with the Fatshedera foliage I already had in the vase (hoping it will root).
Such cheerful flowers too...
Finally, did you spot the sunflower with no petals? Instead of tossing the one bloom with damaged petals I just pulled them all off. I like it! In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click on over to her site for links to all the participating blogs!
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