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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, January 25, 2016

In A Vase On Monday

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts this delightful meme on which I'm now hooked.  although I don't always have an offering of my own, I always enjoy those of others.  Do click here to see Cathy's vase this week and links to those of other participating bloggers!

The seed heads of Miscanthus sinensis have been decorating the garden since October.  Since we're having a warm January, it feels like spring already.  The extended forecast for February and March aren't predicting any lows below freezing.  Perhaps It's time to cut the grasses down and spread mulch already.  In any case, a few of these won't be missed in the garden!

There are quite a few little blooms out there right now but these are a bit big to throw in with little blooms so they'll have to work alone.

Fortunately, they're interesting enough by themselves.

Some of the cut stems along with the husk of a horse chestnut from this autumn get added to a weed pot made by my pottery guru, Redwood, in Alaska in the late seventies.

An old Ball Jar with a zinc and ceramic top brought up from the basement act as a receptacle for the seed heads.

There was also this cool old electrical insulator down there.  There are so many things squirreled away down there that I'm beginning to loose track of where everything originated.

The finished grouping is a bit large for the kitchen since counter space is limited there.

So here's something a bit smaller.  Added a lotus seed head and a skeletonized acanthus leaf.

I missed the other props so brought them back to work as supporting players.
Happy new week!  What's in a vase at your place this Monday?

10 comments:

  1. I think my basement must be similar to yours. A veritable candy store of bits and pieces to use as inspiration hits. I love dried arrangements and think this works well with the contrasting shapes and weights.

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  2. Nice work! I am impressed that you were able to work with the grass seed heads without them disintegrating. Whenever I've tried to do something with them they just fall apart. (tall seed heads were fun, but they did remind me of my stint at Pier One and the big poofs of died pampas grass that we sold...not a happy memory as those things were hell to work with)

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  3. I love seed heads for vases especially in winter....this looks wonderful by itself or with the other material you used!

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  4. What an intriguing collection of plant material and traesure form your basement - I love how you combine things Peter, always to such good effect!

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  5. That grass is wonderful! I love how you brought together elements I'd have never thought of combining and turned them into art too.

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  6. What an original idea and beautifully displayed. You and Cathy both seem to have an endless supply of props.

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  7. Interesting conglomeration of treasures. I knew you would find a creative way to put the ghost sennii to work.

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  8. In my vase: Some purple chrysanthemums with yellow/green centers that I bought at Safeway. Not very creative, but pretty.

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  9. Your Miscanthus plumes look great in the tiny vase, Peter, the glazing and blooming bulbs painted on it are a treasure. I'm hoping for flowers soon in the garden but had to babysit this Monday so had to settle for some commercial flowers in a vase.

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