Today is Monday, the 22nd of December, and I find myself in a blogger’s conundrum. Cathy at Rambling in the Garden has invited me to participate each week in In a Vase on Monday, and Christina at Garden of the Hesperides has invited me to participate each month on the 22nd in Garden Bloggers Foliage Day. What is a concerned and wanting-to-be-polite blogger supposed to do when everything happens at once? I am convinced that the better part of valor is to be attentive to both of these kind invitations, and thus I am hereby offering a hybrid post. I hope the ladies will be smiling.
In a Vase on Monday
My winter garden continues to leave me very sparse offerings for this week’s vase. However, I did locate some bright red nandina berries that the birds had not yet devoured to serve as the focus of a simple arrangement. They certainly add a festive note to the season.
The greenery is foliage from the tea olive (Osmanthus frangrans). I was delighted (and surprised) to discover that it had a few tiny white flowers in bloom. Pieris japonica ‘Red Mill’ bud clusters are included for a touch of contrast.
Moved to another location the arrangement complements other holiday items:
The cut glass bowl, knife rest and candy dish have been in my Arranger’s family for a number of generations. Candy anyone?
Garden Bloggers Foliage Day
Today is cold and gray and a light mist is still coming down, but it wasn’t bad enough that I couldn’t squish around the soppy, spongy garden for a GBFD review. In truth, I was a bit surprised to find as much variety of foliage as I did on such a bleary, dreary day. Here are Carolina jessamin Gelsimium sempervirens on the arbor, a ‘Peach Crisp’ heuchera on the porch, and ‘Mr. Goldstrike’ Aucuba japonica.
‘Golconda’ Cupressocyparis leylandii and ‘Yoshino’ Cryptomaria japonica
Loropetalum chinense ‘Rubra’ often blooms in mid-winter, so it is no surprise but still a pleasure to find its striking color on a dreary day. On the right, ‘Governor Mouton’ Camellia japonica is full of buds, just beginning to show a bit of the color that will soon be opening. Also on the right is Cleyera Japonica Ternstroemia gymnanthera. Below are Liriope muscari variegata, the dark purple winter foliage of Azalea ‘Sunglow,’ and muhly grass, weighed down by the rain.
It happens that today is the day after the first day of winter. I looked ahead to next year. These two events will take place together again on the 22nd of June, 2015…the day after the first day of summer. Methinks there is a pattern here.