When I got home on Sunday, the rain was coming down, the wind blowing, and I didn't feel much like venturing out to the garden to find something to put in a vase. Luckily, on Thanksgiving, I put something together as part of a running joke that one of my great nieces and I have going.
For several years, I've been a vegetarian but still cook traditional fare for my family on Thanksgiving. Last year, or the year before, my eldest sister told the grand niece that I was now following a vegan diet for health reasons. The niece's replied that she hoped that she wasn't served leaves and sticks, tofurkey, or anything of the sort. That year, just as the grand nice had filled her plate, I whisked it away, replacing it with a package of tofurkey and presenting her with a crystal bowl of dried leaves and sticks from the garden. Now on every holiday, one of us brings sticks and leaves. This Thanksgiving, it was my turn. Since I wasn't hosting (A nephew and his wife were our hosts in Vancouver) the sticks and leaves needed a different receptacle. Because I couldn't find the original sticks and leaves which are in a plastic bag somewhere, I found more.
On the way out the door, some dried rose hips and a few broken and brown-leaved branches of arctostaphylos jumped into the box.
It's definitely not the most elaborate Monday arrangement I've made but certainly one of the most fun!
In A Vase On Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Be sure to go to her blog to see what others have brought inside today.