I have been enjoying Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday features and decided to join in today with a simple display using Winter daphne.
Recent cold weather has browned some of the leaves, but overall the Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ has withstood the winter chill pretty well. I so look forward to its lemony fragrance when the flowers open. Having never used them indoors I am not sure if they will bloom this way.
I used a clear glass dish into which I inserted my maternal grandmother’s glass frog.
Cranberries complete the arrangement. Last week in search of a quick centerpiece, I had floated three tea candles among a pint of fresh cranberries in this same glass dish. About half of the cranberries were still firm and usable today for this arrangement.
From this simple experiment I learned a few things. I did not really want to trim much of the daphne so the result feels a bit sparse. It’s easy to forget how much plant material it can take when making an arrangement. I really wanted to use the heirloom frog but may not have needed it as the cranberries would anchor the stems pretty well. The delicate hues in the daphne are overwhelmed by the bold, red color of the berries. Already I have imagined improvements on this theme, but the best lesson to remember is that it is fun to work with fresh plant materials and the results can be enjoyed for days.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for growing this idea.