Back to creating bouquets for Joy Creek, where there is so much material to work with. The star of this one is Pieris karenoma, whose vase life is so long that we will tire of it before it conks out.
This is what it looks like in situ, a mature specimen topping out at 6′. I was never drawn to Pieris until I fell in love with this one.
At the other end of the spectrum are the Hellebores, notoriously short-lived. I expected to need to trade them out after only a few days but they surprised me by still looking pretty good after more than a week. I was able to manipulate the blossoms to show their faces by winding them through sturdier stems.
One Arum italicum was all it took to complete the picture.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, R has been doing a prodigious amount of pruning. He brought in an armload of branches and stuck them in a gallon jar…unpretentious beauty at its best.
Will those little swelling nodes amount to something? We shall see. While we’re waiting, let’s pop over to see what Cathy’s meme has attracted this week. See it HERE.
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You definitely make Pieris look good, it appears born to support the Hellebores—both literally and figuratively.
I would probably pass it by in any other season but slim pickins lead to new discoveries.
Nice early spring bouquet. Lucky that your snow has melted, we’re still waiting for ours to disappear, which might take a couple more weeks.
We had a very mild winter, then February happened. We seem to be on a spring trajectory now, but who knows. Anything could happen.
That’s a very attractively shaped shrub, rickii, and it’s interesting to read that it lasts long in a vase to. It may be pretty in a vase but so are your twigs which have an simple elegance of their own
I like that you appreciate the twigs. They are stating to leaf and flower now with delicate spring green.
Oh, that first one is special…really, really nifty. And of course the simple elegance of the branches is always fabulous. Happy spring!
And Happy Spring right back at you, my friend.
I have never seen such a huge Pieris! I t looks lovely next to the hellebore. 🙂
It’s only about 6′ tall but oh, those flower trusses!
So glad you’re back creating bouquets at Joy Creek! Love it and your branches.
Thanks, Peter…me too!