My friend Evan recently wrote: "In an attempt to chase away the blues, if only for a time, I took a walk through the green."
I've found myself thinking about that line a lot, January is historically a tough month for me and one of my strategies is to surround myself with life. Life in the form of plants and flowers — cuttings from the garden, stems from the market — anything and everything that makes me feel like I'm in the garden. As soon as Christmas is over I redecorate with green, and it really helps! Here's the current version...
It's kind of a hot mess, but it makes me very happy. Next to the green candle is a black glass vase filled with Grevillea australis and Brachyglottis greyi (Senecio greyi) from my garden, as well as three Leucadendron stems I bought at Trader Joe's before the holidays.
In the center of this photo is another black glass vase with Brachyglottis greyi and Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow', you'll also notice a bunch of Tillandsia, Bromeliads, moss, branches, etc...
I went a little overboard.
But what's wrong with that?
The green fernish business is Selaginella kraussiana 'Aurea', in little pots that I didn't plant out in the garden before the weather turned. They're happy here as long as I keep them watered and misted.
They're living in some thrift shop silver.
This particular branch (there are several on the mantle) came home from my walk through Bishop's Close in December.
The moss and lichen are suburb and the Tillandsia love it!
The final two vases have foliage from Grevillea 'Ivanhoe', Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla, Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Purpureus' and Cryptomeria japonica 'Rasen' — as well as a couple more of the Leucadendron stems.
And of course there are Tillandsia tucked in everywhere.
The two plants on the end are Monvillea spegazzinii, you might recognize the largest from this post.
If this looks a little familiar don't worry you're not loosing your mind. I also wrote about this green madness last week on the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon blog (here). Gotta share the green gospel! Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for links to other blogger's vases this Monday.
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