Its been a busy week as I work on my book while listening to the guys renovating my home upstairs. On top of that I had the windup for our community garden to think about. It was a potluck so food wasn’t the issue. It’s all the details that need to come about to make the night fun. First thing on my mind all week as what I would be using for centerpieces. I hoped to use fresh flowers from the garden and anxiously watched as the leaves slowly fell and the weather turned cold.
This beautiful pineapple sage was my flower of choice for the arrangements. Then it happened. -6C happened overnight. My pineapple sage had endured lows of -1C but the -6C was the last straw. It looked dead yesterday morning. What could I find in the garden to replace it? I grabbed a large basket and some secateurs and off I went in search of plant material.
This is what I found. The leaves of Cotinus coggygria looked amazing and few leaves have dropped from this shrub. I threw several stems in the basket. I pinched a few evergreen branches off a tree along the waterway that borders the yard. I love the smell of fresh evergreens. As I walked by my herb garden I picked a few stems of rosemary. They would add fragrance to the bouquets. I walked around the garden but there wasn’t much to be seen in the way of flowers until I reached the rose arbor. The Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ was in full bloom with its deep intense maroon colour. It would blend well with the leaves of the smoke bush or Cotinus.
I grabbed about five vases and went to work placing a few stems of each in a vase. Is it just me or do all gardeners accumulate vases? I must have fifteen vases to choose from but picked all the crystal ones for last night’s celebration.
I love the blueish green highlight s of this evergreen. Once the vases were filled they were heavy and I had to figure out how to transport them to the event.
I remembered the cute flower box with a handle that hubby had put together in the spring. I was able to fit all five vases in the box .
The flowers made it to the event safely and with a bit of rearranging they were added to the tables. It’s not normal for my garden to be without flowers so the Sedum saved the day. It won’t be long before the winter flowers open with the yellow buds of Jasmine and pink buds of Viburnum bodnantense. I can’t imagine a month without blooms, can you?