January 22, 2024

This and That From the Winter Garden

winter arrangement

As we began to leap out of the polar vortex plunge, I decided to venture outdoors to gather a few elements for a winter arrangement. I also gathered some dried items and pulled them all together. (Check out the wonderful In a Vase on Monday meme for more great arranging ideas.) My choices included:

Chasmanthium latifolium

A few dried sprigs of Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium).

pine cone

Pine cones (I've saved many over the years).

Hakonechloa macra

Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra), blades and seedheads.

Taxus canadensis

Sprigs of evergreen Yew (Taxus canadensis).

Hydrangea macrophylla

Dried Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) blooms. I have quite a few saved over the years.

Viburnum trilobum

And freshly clipped Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum) stems with heavy, frozen berries that eventually thawed and held their shape. They were so plentiful this year!

evergreen base

I filled the clear glass vase with more evergreen branches, for interest and anchoring.

This past week was brutal, but even on the coldest days there are garden elements to celebrate and display. Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting the In a Vase on Monday meme.

January 10, 2024

Wordless Memories of September Blooms

1 Rosa

2 Anemone

3 Colchicum

4 Nymphaea

5 Tricyrtis

6 Rosa

7 Zinnia

8 Gentiana

9 Echinacea

10 Clematis

11 Rosa

12 Colchicum

13 Helianthus

14 Sarracenia

15 Rosa

16 Iris

17 Tagetes

18 Impatiens

19 Chrysanthemum

[All photos in this post were taken at the 2023 Garden Fling in Philadelphia, September 21-24. To learn more about past and future Flings, visit gardenfling.org.]

January 04, 2024

New Year, New Growth

new mums

Sometimes little surprises bring tiny hopes and pleasures.


Back in early December, I posted about an arrangement that included Chrysanthemum foliage and a flower that was still blooming.

new growth

I was lazy about removing the vase of foliage and berries, although I changed the water a couple of times. Imagine my surprise when new foliage started shooting up out of the top.


Yes, the Mum cuttings were forming new roots! I couldn't just throw them out, so...


I repotted a few, and I'll replant them in the garden in spring. It's a circle of life moment. Happy New Year!

[Alternate title for this post: "Unintentional Propagation."  ;-) ]