January 13th, 2013
Winter’s Multi-Hued Palette
This is what you can harvest during the 2nd week of January!~ Pretty amazing!
Harvested from Jean Zaputil’s Seattle garden:
7 stems Corsican hellebores (Helleborus argutifolius)
5 stems Japanese aucuba (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’)
7 stems sweet box (Sarcococca confusa)
Harvested from Lorene Edwards Forkner’s Seattle garden:
3 stems oak leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
7 stems witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’)
3 lengths Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica ‘Aureoreticulata’)
12-inch tall x 8½-inch diameter vintage cream urn (lent to me by Lorene – thanks!)
Easy-to-use twine: Here’s a great idea I learned from Jennie Greene, a Portland designer and partner in the flower shop called Artis + Greene. To anchor a branch, stem or vine in place, use bind wire. Available from craft
stores and floral supply outlets, spools of the pliable, twine-wrapped wire come in tan or green (you’ll need wire cutters to work with this material). In this arrangement, I allowed the honeysuckle to drape down the side and
wrap around the foot of the vase, using a short length of bind wire to secure it. The tie disappears into the foliage but does the trick to keep things in place.
Beautiful detail of the oak leaf hydrangea and Corsican hellebore foliage
A “vine-wrap” detail embellishes the foot of this vase.
NOTE: Each Sunday of this year, I will post my photographs, “recipe” and tip for that week’s floral arrangement, created for my new book, Slow Flowers. Enjoy the floral journey through 52 weeks of the year~