Unlike the bright red one we had last year, this year’s poinsettia was already beginning to look ragged. I can’t say I’m sorry. I felt not a twinge of guilt as I had at it to add to today’s vase.
Two Fatsia japonica leaves are put into service: one as background for the bouquet, the other wound (underside out, the better to showcase the veins) around the inside of the vase. The stems here are best hidden because they’re not all that attractive.
I love the fresh little catkins on the hazels, so I cut three branches of them for a vertical element.
The seedheads of ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum are showing lovely russet tones. In they go.
I’m not sure which heather this is, but it picks up some of the russet, transitioning towards peach, while the Euonymous ‘Emerald and Gold’ has some of the poinsettia’s peach and some of the yellow of the Nandina berries. I headed out with low expectations today, but am quite happy with what I managed to ferret out. This meme is so much fun (and even more so as it gets more challenging in winter). It’s open to all, so head over HERE to join in.
Looks great. I like the poinsettia with the sedum.
Susie~New life for tired Poinsettias made me happy.
You are so creative, Ricki! Nice job!
Beth~Takes one to know one.
Beautiful! Love the idea with wrapping the fatsia leaf inside the vase – genius points for that one! When are you going to make the Phlomis seed heads I saw in the Sedum photo the star of an arrangement? Every time I see them, I know I need to get some – they are so cool!
Anna~I have used the Phlomus a few times, but never as the star. I have plenty to share, if you want some.
You always come up with such cool arrangements! I was looking outside over the weekend at what I might cut and arrange for a Monday post but I never got around to actually doing it. Maybe it’s best to just remain a fan of all of you who do this so well.
Peter~I stayed on the outside with my nose pressed against the glass for the longest time, but then couldn’t resist. Beware: it’s habit forming, but I do hope you will join in.
Definitely the best thing to do with Poinsettia after their season. It makes the perfect cut flower with the Sedum. My Nandina berries are never yellow, do you have a different variety? Mine is Nandina domestica.
Christina~Afraid I can’t answer your question about the Nandina. It came with the territory and I have never looked it up (guess I should).
Lovely. I am not a fan of Poinsettia but it looks gorgeous in your arrangement. I like the leaves concealing the stems in the vase.
Chloris~It does kind of change character in an unexpected setting. How nice of you to stop by and leave a trail, which I will now follow.
Hurrah for cutting flowers off a poinsettia, even if it is a more interesting peachy one!! It works so well with the other contents and I really need to remember this use of leaves INSIDE the vase – it is such an effective idea! Thanks for your encouragement with the meme – as you say, it soon becomes addictive!
Cathy~So many ideas are being passed around. It’s great!
I like the catkins also – I wonder if you could use birch catkins in the same way.
Jason~I don’t know why any kind of catkins wouldn’t work.