A trip to the Goodwill Store yielded a couple of small vases perfect for this time of year, when the pickins are slim. I cut a few stems of Hebe ‘Quicksilver’ and one of Senecio greyii to pick up the blue tones of the stoneware vase.
Small hips shading from red to deep plum are from Rosa ‘Dortmund’ while the large orange hips are from a NOID red rose.
There was a spot of sunshine in the back yard so I took a chair out there to showcase my little bouquet.
This last photo is to show you what a difference lighting can make. Here, it was coming from behind. My eye sees the color as somewhere between that shown in the two settings. For me, this is one of the major frustrations of photography. Oh, well…like gardening, it is one of those things that I will continue to enjoy but never master. Could that actually be part of its appeal? Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) provides a portal to a wide range of vases from clever bloggers, many of whom even found flowers for their posies in the dead of winter.
This is a really lovely combo and one I would welcome on my desk. I think your little vase is a treasure too.
My desk is exactly where it sits and I’m surprised at how it cheers me.
I’ve been visiting the Goodwill , as well. Came back with a bundle of fat quarters , no vases to tempt me this time.
There’s a new one right across from the Scappoose Freddy’s. Haunt the aisles and eventually good things turn up.
Oh, I really like those rose hips! The vase is pretty. What a great find. I agree good lighting is so difficult to achieve in photographing the vases. Don’t think I’ll ever master it either.
I hit the mother lode on my last trip to Goodwill. Sometimes there is nothing, and then…wowza!
Love the Rose hips!
They are my reason for having roses.
The orange and blue is a beautiful color combination and I love your new vase. I find blue especially hard to photograph.
Blue is a tricky color in so many ways. It also fades in the sun more than any other color (I love the term “fugitive color” that applies to that characteristic).
That’s a winner in every way – no matter how it’s lit! Congrats on the Goodwill haul, my last two visits have left me empty handed.
It’s hit and miss, but constant vigilance eventually pays off. Your collection of vases sets a pretty high bar.
Lovely diversity of colours in your hips, I thought they must be from a lot of different roses. I liked your reply to Scott, hips are gorgeous. As to lighting for photography I think it is probably one of those things that you would need to spend a fortune on lights to get the true colour and then it would look different on everyone’s screens anyway!
Ah, yes…the difference in screens. I had forgotten about that. All the more reason to simply muddle along and hope for the best.
It’s a beautiful arrangement and I love finding treasures like your vase at thrift stores. At this time of year, it’s comforting to bring cut stems in since we’re not out in the garden as much in the miserable weather.
We’ve had a couple of days of strolling weather lately but my garden is way behind others’ that are already yielding blossoms for vases.
The Golfer would approve of the contents of your vase because ‘senecio’ was one of the first plants he knew the ‘proper’ name of – haven’t the heart to tell him it’s called something else now, not that I can remember what its new name is! What a lovely selection of hips you have included too – and the vase itself is the perfect shade of green to complement the foliage. Thanks for sharing
It’s hard to let go of a Latin name that comes easily. I’ll stick with the old one for a while yet.
Yes! That is perfect for the vase and the season! Everyone of your photos is fabulous–the differences in the lighting bring out different aspects of the arrangement’s beauty. I know what you mean about the lighting, but sometimes the camera sees objects in a different and more stunning light than even the eye can see. I agree–the challenges, as well as the happy successes, of photography make it an enjoyable hobby. 🙂
I hope your positive attitude will rub off…and thanks.
Loving the idea of a selection of rose hips. They really are quite diverse.
They add a nice bit of color during this dark season.