As the week begins it is always fun to join Cathy for In A Vase On Monday. This is an opportunity to share an arrangement using materials collected from the garden.
First I apologize for not responding to comments lately or finding time to check out your posts. I have been helping my husband through some back surgery and now rehab. Recovery has been slower than expected but each day is a little better.
Knowing I would not be around to prepare an arrangement for today I took the liberty of putting one by. The phrase putting by usually refers to preserving food but seems appropriate for flowers as well.
These hydrangeas were featured last summer in Monday vases when they were fresh and at their prime. Then they were allowed to dry (or more accurately I stopped remembering to replenish their water). The vases were moved into a window and photographed during a snow storm in early January.
The pistachio-shell colored flowers are mopheads (Hydrangea macrophylla) from my own garden.
The more richly colored green, pinky-red and aubergine clusters came from my sisters’ garden and I do not know the variety.
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust Aucuba)
Ceramic containers by local potters
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.