Back in the day, when we were designing Christmas gift wrap all year round, I got totally sick of red and green. My solution was to introduce purple into the mix.
A short, chunky vase filled with cranberries holds the stems in place.
A short, mounding Nandina begins to turn red about now, with just a tinge of green remaining. The hips of Rosa ‘Dortmund’ range from orange to red to brown with everything in between. Callicarpa ‘Profusion’ is starting to lose its luster, but I did find one small branch that was still in good shape, giving me the desired hit of purple.
My pink muhley grass has yet to reach critical mass. It nearly disappears in the landscape, but three stems of it offer just the right softening element here.
A dried pomegranate and the cranberries speak to me of the holidays and will add the touch of cheer to get me in the mood until we bring in the living tree next week (it would complain if we kept it in the house much longer than a week).
Now for something a little different. I could not resist a bunch of Gerbera daisies near the checkout stand last week. They had looong stems and were super-elegant in a tall vase. After a few days, they began to droop and bend over near the top of each stem so that they could no longer take up water. I hated to do it, but cut back the stems so that they were just long enough to reach to the bottom of this vase, while the flowers were propped up at the lip. As you can see, I’ve gotten over my aversion to red and green. An unexpected bonus is the way the stems show faintly through the heavy green glass. Now here’s a link to Rambling in the Garden, where Cathy hosts a growing gathering of vases every Monday.