As pretty as my potted mums still are, the weather conditions around here don’t bode well for their continued beauty, so I felt free today to pluck rather liberally from them! I chose a bowl with an autumnal feel for this week’s arrangement: I filled it with floral foam to help keep these short, thick, multi-flowered stems in place. Last week I stuck a stem of mums in a vase, and it behaved badly, continually popping itself up out of the vase and disrupting the other flowers!
I ventured out into the rain and chill of the day to pick some of my friendly neighbor’s Miscanthus for an accent, and I thought I would see how some barberry stems would look with it. I think it’s quite a nice effect. Of course I had to work carefully with the barberry to avoid finger pricks! I’m happy to report no blood was shed in the creation of this vase!Before I started participating in “In a Vase on Monday”, I did not know that I would be able to create such a colorful vase this far into November, nor would I ever have thought to use prickly barberry stems in an arrangement! This meme, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, provides a fun exercise in creativity each week, especially at this time of year! Oh! I almost forgot! I’m doing a test to see whether Gentian can be a usable cut flower. Outside, the flowers open and close with the light. I am curious whether they will do so in the house or if they’ll just close up and fail to re-open. I cut three stems, one with a flower already open, and two with buds that seem set to open tomorrow. Stay tuned for updates!