This vase, from a visit to Barone Garden this summer, has been waiting to be used. I thought it might be appropriate for lunar new year. I've no idea what it says; do you?
My original thought was to simply fill the vase with branches from the contorted filbert but they didn't really want to cooperate. Sometimes it's not a bad thing not to have done a thorough fall clean-up in the garden as there are some leftovers to bring inside. Seed heads from alium, grass join the good-luck coin like seed heads of Lunaria annua to make a firework show for the occasion. I considered gold and red spray paint but decided against it.
Joining the arrangement are a cloisonné vase found at a thrift store and a metal ginger jar found at my friend Howard's shop many years ago.
I'm imagining that dried and dead things are probably not the right thing for a celebration of light's return and all things new but it just sort of happened. Happy new year all!