Happy February! Because we've had such a mild winter, it seems to have flown this year. Hooray!
Some things presented themselves for today's arrangement. Garrya elliptica has some branches on the other side whose catkins are dangling on top of the car roof. While I find it charming, the city is not as keen so off came a branch.
Lonicera fragrantissima hangs a bit over the sidewalk begging to be cut.
Chimonanthus praecox (Winter sweet) reaches out to a path from the car to the front door. Clip, clip.
Some other candidates included the first two Camellia japonica blooms of the year,
vibrant berries of Symphoricarpos 'Scarlet Pearl' and lots of evergreen foliage,
Lots of Helleborus argutifolius blooms and foliage,
and sweet Viburnum x bodnantense 'dawn' blooming since fall. We'll see how it goes once the three things that must be cut go in.
I decided to use this nifty crystalline glazed (interesting article about that process here.) vase from a shop in Eagle River, AK, or this amethyst crystal one that I've had since college days.
In went the winter sweet.
Garrya elliptica is a bit difficult to use in a vase as it tends to hang over everything in front of it. Guess that both vases will get in on the act.
Hidden behind the Garrya are some branches of Lonicera fragrantissima which the eye may not see but the nose will know of it's presence. Throw in a little bird and there you have my group of stuff for this Monday.
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