Jumping the gun a little bit here. The blossoms on ‘Diane’ will elongate and become more of a presence butI was desperate for a bit of color, even if it is still doing the red and green thing.
Interestingly, there were some broken branches that were flowering as much as the branches left intact. The shiny leaves of Magnolia grandiflora are from downed branches too, as are a couple of cherry branches with lots of buds (we can hope). I don’t usually do props but the Witch Hazel suggested a theme and I did have a Witch Doctor’s rattle (Shaman) and a witchy candle holder on hand so they’re in there.
It’s always fun to see what people find to put in a vase during what is essentially most gardens’ down time. You can do that by visiting Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, where she hosts In a Vase on Monday every week without fail.
See how easily your props fell into place rickii – I am sure you could manage it again… 😉 Is the shamanic rattle made from a seed pod? I hope your cherry buds open for you 🙂
Yes, I’m sure the rattle part is a seed pod of some kind. You set a fine example with props, complete with words of encouragement…I’ll try.
A cool theme to your iavom! Well done.
Thanks be to praise from the queen of puns.
Hee hee..love the theme! And the flowers. So lovely.
The theme just up and bit me on the nose this time.
It’s fun to force branches indoors in winter. It does the heart good!
And our hearts are on our sleeves…it’s Saint Valentine’s Day.
A little winter magic made from broken branches is a good thing!
Let no disaster go unexploited!
February can be such a dreary month so I understand your need for colour. You can’t go wrong with red and green, can you. I hope your fallen cherry branches will open their buds for you.
I think the bits of color are tardy this year…but they WILL come, I know it.
Very effective! Hope you are getting some witchy perfume too:^)
No scent that I can detect…on any of the Witch Hazels (is it me?)
Cathy is influencing us in more ways than one – first the weekly ritual of floral/foliage concoctions and now the addition of talismans!
Yep, that Cathy has more than aces up her sleeve.
Oh that’s good, very very good!
‘Diane’ is a good witch, nothing wicked about her.
Very bewitching, especially with the props added to the arrangement. Hope you get more colour soon Ricki!
All things will come in time.
Good to see colour on this gloomy February day. Things seem to be late this year but haven’t a clue why! I am willing my Iris Reticulate to grow and bloom! ‘Diane’ is doing a fine job!
There is no question why things are late here. The winter has been brutal by our standards.
Diane is such a gorgeous one, I honestly don’t mind the red and green. I love those two together – year round!
I’m a big fan of red in the garden and green is a given…so no complaints here, either.
and a beautiful wooden chest underneath
with its own story to tell?
Yes, indeedy: it came across the plains in a covered wagon, earning every dent and scratch.