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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, February 13, 2017

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase on Monday is hosted each week by Cathy at Rambling In The Garden.  Click here to see her always creative arrangement and to find links to those of other participating bloggers.

One of the Arctostaphylos in my hell strip has decided to grow sideways instead of remaining upright.  This wouldn't be a huge issue except that it's decided to throw branches out into the street. Usually I cut this back after it blooms but today I decided to cut a few blooms for a tiny vase.

I've never used these as a cut flower before so we'll see how long they last inside.  They got placed inside a little silver colored metal container that looks a bit like a miniature version of the wicker baskets once used for wedding flowers when I was a boy back in the Victorian era. 

I picked this pink glass shell, a gift from an old friend many years ago, to go with the blooms mostly because of the color but we can pretend it's because winter blooms are, like pearls, an unusual and delightful surprise.

A few more blooms for fun.

This pink shell flower that Tom brought back from Mexico was sitting nearby and balanced things out.

Let's just say that this Arctostaphylos is one of the coastal varieties and say  this is about land meeting sea or maybe it's about the blending of youth and age - new flowers, old vase, treasures accumulated along the way.  Maybe, in a hurry, nearby pink things were thrown together.
What's in a vase at your house today? (At my place it's usually mostly dust.)

14 comments:

  1. :) I have many vase like yours Peter!!! However, today's less-dusty vase is such a subtle concoction that you suggest is contrived but really has just fallen into place in your creative hands. So pretty, and thanks for shring

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  2. This is such a happy it's-almost-spring display! And, as always, you seem to have just the right ornament(s) for staging it perfectly.

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  3. Whatever Arctostaphylos it is, it looks like it's flowering profusely! None of mine are flowering yet, and I'm so bummed. I need to pick better varieties or something. Or maybe they just need a couple more years to mature.

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  4. I love it when people make use of their prunings, and there's no reason why you can't prune and enjoy the flowers! Well done.

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  5. The pink glass shell and pearl on one side and shell flower on the other side really make your flowers special, they are cute like little pearls! The harsh winter has cut down on flowers here, I think Seattle is milder, Peter.

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  6. Pink without being too sweet. Love those little flowers which only grow as groundcover here.

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  7. Very pretty! You're beginning to rival Cathy with your props I think. I love that pink glass shell.

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  8. It was fun to follow along as you started with just the vase and added other things (with descriptions) as you went along. Nice results, too.

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  9. Pink is good for Valentine's week.
    There's not much to pick in my yard right now. My vase holds Safeway purchased white chrysanthemum daisies with few sprigs of sarcococca and skimmia berries.

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  10. This is a new plant to me, so unusual-looking - clearly outside my planting zone. ;) I LOVE that glass shell with pearl - so beautiful!

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  11. Inventive; it's always nice when we can use prunings etc as a basis for our vases, good one!

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  12. It' s certainly an unusual and delightful surprise for me. I' ve never seen it for sale here. It' s gorgeous. Does it need an acid soil?

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