The previous mantle/vase/moss wonderland was still in place when I returned from Paris, a run of over four weeks. It was time for a refresh.
Besides how could I pass up that big pink Protea bloom and "sculptural" Sago frond when I saw them at the market? I could not.
The Brachyglottis greyi (Senecio greyi) cuttings in the black vase date back to my Christmas mantle. Yes they're rooting, yay! The Cryptomeria japonica 'Rasen' cuttings are from the post-Christmas display. They're still fresh, but no roots....
I'm hoping the two cards in the brass bases can pass as artwork and don't look like too much like greeting cards. I needed more pink but didn't want more flowers, this pair has been laying on my desk for almost a year. It was time I did something with them!
One of my Selaginella kraussiana 'Aurea' dried up and passed on while we were away. One lives on! I love the Tillandsia usneoides depiction in this "piece of artwork"...
My Cybister Amaryllis Evergreen bulb just sort of flopped over one day. Once I investigated I discovered it was mushy, I'd watered it too much. Oh well, it hasn't stopped the flowers, even when I chopped the remaining stalk and put it in water.
I continued the pink focus into three smaller vases.
My Polynesian "head-vase" is holding a combination of Ludisia discolor stems (rooting) and flowers and foliage from Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths'. It's an odd combo, but I like it!
The Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost plant (swag from Skagit Gardens years ago) gave up a couple of stems to the vase effort.
Grevillea 'Ivanhoe' foliage joins them.
The final vase is filled with cuttings of Alternanthera 'Little Ruby', which are now completely rooted but I haven't potted up yet (at this rate I will just be planting them out in the spring). All three small vases are hanging out on our dining table — which because of our small house size — is practically in the same room as the mantle display.
As always; visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for links to all the Monday bloggers vases.
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