The holiday season is all about abundance. Lights and ornaments and gifts and cookies and parties, and, and...and. I take this as my queue to indulge in flowers and foliage. More, more, more!
Ever since I discovered the magic of using Poinsettia as cut flowers (during the Poinsettia Challenge) I can't stop. They're so much more interesting tucked into a vase with other foliage, rather than just plopped down "as-is" in their paper-covered plastic pots.
This variegated foliage number gets to share it's "vase" (actually an old silver teapot) with some pepper-berries from the market.
A stem from another plant, along with pepper-berry foliage, adds a bit of festive to the bathroom shelf.
This mess was my attempt to bring some of my garden into the mix.
There are a few stems from the Cryptomeria japonica 'Rasen'...
Foliage cut from the Brachyglottis greyi (Senecio greyi).
Branches of Grevillea australis.
And a few flower stems — now with berries — from the Mahonia gracilipes.
The latter was an attempt to add Christmas color before I bought the pepper-berries from the market.
The table looked like this for a day or so.
Then I remembered that ceramic frog I bought a couple years ago, and dug out the silver champagne glass, it was a good fit. I foraged some rose hips nearby...
And went to work. Funny I'd never noticed I had Rob & Jean's cup, I wonder what they were celebrating when this cup was engraved? (I picked it up at a thrift shop)
I purchased this Stoke's Aster recently at Garden Fever, from their 40% off table (last summer's perennials that are in decline).
While it's a plant that I would never give a second glance in flower, I love LOVE these seed-heads (?). I hope the flowers aren't too irritating.
Since I wasn't getting to enjoy those seed-heads outside they were cut to go in the cup arrangement.
And were joined by the unknown foliage with little white flowers, which I cut from a nearby shrub (in an empty lot).
It's an odd combination of things, but I think it's festive.
I also added a few Leucadendron stems to the tall vase.
They were only $2.99 for five at Trader Joe's, so why not?
The abundance of the season, adding more and more layers, I love it!
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for links to other gardener's vases today.
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