The Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' looks so good right now, it's burgundy leaves turning bright red. The rain stopped for a moment and the sun backlit the tree. Purty.
Then there was a "Fragrant Cloud" rose that looked really nice with the blue evergreen near it and the two would have made a nice simple arrangement.
It would be a good idea to bring it in before this happens to it. Heavy rain isn't kind to roses.
Here's what I ended up with. Some of the grasses, a few maple leaves, beautyberries, seed capsules from the thimble tree, some foliage from Berberis 'Orange Rocket' and a couple of branches from a bird-planted cotoneaster.
This mess might look good in a stoneware vase or wicker basket but NO, someone had to have already decided on an inappropriate, albeit interesting,container. It's already a recipe for disaster. Perhaps this should be titled "In a Face on Monday."
There was a battle and I didn't win. The aftermath. There was obviously some sort of struggle.
As things continued to fall wherever they felt like being, I found myself thinking that a nice piece of oasis would be a good idea. It's one of the few things that I don't have kicking around the house (there's some in my classroom though.)
Things just didn't want to stay put. I considered cutting some chicken wire to make a support but luckily remembered an antique glass flower frog that came with some vase or other.
The leaves were much redder outside! The flower frog worked fairly well but that oasis will be coming home before next weekend!
I decided that the arrangement really needed some yellow foliage so went foraging again but came back with smoke from the smoke bush instead.
So, it's a bit of a jumble.
Oh well, live and learn. It does look autumnal but that vase...
To make up for that, I refreshed last week's arrangement with some of the leftovers from the face vase fiasco.