As I start to cut back my gardens in preparation for winter, I’m finding great dried material for arrangements that are simply too good to just throw on the compost heap.
I was inspired to make this arrangement for the front porch in a old wooden bucket that I’ve had for years and use for outdoor plants in summer or fill with evergreens around the holidays.
With our Thanksgiving holiday coming up this week, the two pumpkins complete the garden harvest theme. You might notice the little mermaid to the left side. A bit of a coquette, she sits beside our little pond all summer and is courted by handsome green frogs, whom she ignores, despite all the love songs they sing to her. She’s such a heart-breaker.
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ has dried to a lovely parchment and dark tan color, making a good base.
Cinnamon spikes of astilbe (A. chinensis var. taquetii) add vertical accent and plumes of maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis) fill in nicely. I tucked in a couple stems of an interesting weed (genus unknown) with dehiscent seed capsules, which curl when they split open. I think they look like a wild hairdo.
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.