Freezing weather for the past week has turned all the open camellia, tea olive, loropetalum, and azalea blossoms in my garden to brown mush. It has also inhibited any buds that might have wanted to from opening as well. All the pansies and violas have not yet come out of their freeze induced hibernation. Consequently, I am once again led to rely on foliage for this week’s offering for In a Vase on Monday.
The vase and dish are both Waterford lead crystal.
The “old reliable” foliage in this simple arrangement is from Aucuba japonica ‘Mr. Goldstrike’ and Nandina domestica ‘Gulf Stream.’ My Arranger and I debated about the addition of the fruit; we tried a lemon to pick up the yellow in the aucuba, but the lemon on hand was too big for the scale of the arrangement. We then tried leaving the dish empty, but it seemed it still needed something. Of course, my Arranger came up with the winning solution of adding the pear, its red coloring complementing the shades of the nandina.
The aucuba has just started putting out its flower buds, hardy enough to withstand the cold…and just waiting for spring.
Let me suggest that you visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the originator of this weekly idea to share what is growing in our gardens. See what she and others have created for our enjoyment this week.