Last week was grey and damp and I was feeling rather despondent about my vase contents for today.
And then magic happened, and a surprise parcel arrived all the way from sunny California from my dear blogging friend Alys, at Gardening Nirvana.
😀 😀 😀
The package contained a beautiful handmade card displaying a vase full of flowers and the calendar marking Monday…
It is so pretty, and so ‘me’.
And the icing on the cake was a pack of vase arrangers that Alys also sent along – these are soft wire discs/’nets’ that can be bent to shape for any vase and help keep individual stems in place. I have wanted one for ages after seeing them on someone’s blog, but have never seen them here.
This was the inspiration I needed for my vase, and I spent this morning happily playing around with stems and seed heads. One of my favourite vases has quite a wide top and so I was pleased I could use it for fewer stems this week.
A big thank you to you, Alys, for cheering up my week and being so thoughtful! This vase is for you! xxx (I hope you have read my mail Alys!)
The main components are red stems and foliage, with the Mahonia at the centre. The Fennel seeds are a favourite element for Advent vases, as when the seeds drop they leave behind little stars…
I included several different grasses – names forgotten for the moment.
Some Iris sibirica seedheads still look good in the garden and I found some fresh red Cotinus shoots as well…
To top it all, we had sunshine today – the first for what seems like weeks! (It was very frosty too this morning).
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme and getting me out searching for vase materials even on a cold and frosty November morning. 🙂
And thanks again to Alys. 🙂
Have a great week everyone!