Determined to put a holiday arrangement together today—since greens are one of the few things my shady garden offers in abundance—I ran through the garden with pruners just as it was getting dark and quickly made this vase.
Plant materials include a single cutting of Southern magnolia (M. grandiflora), two snips of American holly (Ilex opaca), a handful of Japanese spotted laurel (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’), and a smidge of heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) sporting two clusters of berries.
The “vase,” an old can purchased years ago at a flea market, is one of my favorites. Fitted with a glass bowl to hold wet florist foam, woody stems are easily held in place and enough moisture is supplied to keep foliage fresh.
When complete, the arrangement claimed pride of place on a small English side table on the new porch.
As an aside, the painting above the table was the first item purchased for the recent addition to our home. In fact, it was bought at auction for this particular spot even before the plans for the porch were complete. The artwork, Cyclamen and Brass Tray #4, was painted by Nan Greacen (1909-1999). Nan was born in Giverny, France, while her father, the American Impressionist Edmund Greacen (1876-1949), painted with Monet.
I had no inkling of this history when I left a bid on the piece; I just liked the pretty pot of white cyclamen, plus the style of the painting and its frame, and thought it perfect for a gardener’s porch. Certainly, the price paid was no clue to distinction, but then, that’s the beauty of buying at auction.
I like the way the two floral offerings work together, especially since I typically look for white cyclamen at Christmas.
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