There was one real contender for today’s vase although I wasn’t sure how to use it, but popping into Hobbycraft (a UK craft store) for something else this morning I suddenly thought of ‘Oasis’ which not being one for flower arranging is something I have never used before – perhaps, with hosting this Monday ‘In a Vase’ theme, I am now becoming one!
I feel quite sorry for this mahonia, almost the sole component today, as not only am I not very keen on it I also forget about its existence in the garden. When the garden first became ours it was almost all grass and hedge, with the apple trees and a few fruit bushes in random places, the only decorative plants being a small fatsia (now big and in a different location), numerous buddleias (removed after they outstayed any welcome they might have had after prolifically seeding themselves around) and this mahonia which is tucked up in the far corner of what is now the woodland. Having the appearance of a small tree, it occasionally it has its lower branches lopped but other than that it is scarcely noticed and would not be missed.
Today it has perhaps its only chance to shine, with 5 flower spikes pushed into a block of Oasis in a short stemmed glass sundae dish. The central spike had its leaves trimmed about half way, whilst the others had all their leaves removed and then the top half of the leaves added to the arrangement. Again the crocosmia seed heads from previous arrangements were reused, and having read that cornus stems will sometimes root in water I did toy with the idea of including them too, but didn’t feel it warranted the addition.
This afternoon I need to cut holly and ivy for a wreath for our front door, but I daresay a holly and ivy arrangement will also make it to a vase on a Monday before Christmas! If anyone would like to use these Monday posts as an encouragement to bring some of their garden inside, then please feel free to include links both to and from this post – and as always I am happy if we think out of the box and beyond flowers and foliage…..