I knew, starting out, that the only thing blooming out there would be the Mahonia ‘Arthur Menzies’.
I also knew that it would have a very short, stout stem so I chose this vase: short, with a bit of a flare to the shape.
Here’s what the blossom looks like on the shrub. By cutting a little below the blossoming truss, I got a few of the stiff, holly-like leaves to include. It’s also suffering from frostbite, so the tips need to be nipped out.
Wandering about, I was drawn to the drooping branches of Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan Sugi’ (would those little cone-like things be considered flowers?).
And because it was getting too monochromatic, the lichen clothed branches of Berbers thunbergii purpurea were added to the mix.
Books on the subject advise stripping stems of all foliage that will be below the water line, but that’s one of those rules that was made to be broken. It just means changing the water more frequently, a decent trade-off for treating it all as part of the arrangement.
It wasn’t a great day for picture taking, but I guess you get the idea. Now it’s time to check out Rambling in the Garden for more vases on this winter Monday.