The last time I bought a big Poinsettia for Christmas, my husband and I were so taken with its peachy-pink color that we decided to paint an accent wall that color. This time, I wanted another plant that was not a true red which would be too intense a color to put next to the Lohan sculpture just out of photo range. And since there is nothing blooming in my garden at the moment, I went plant shopping at a local independent florist.
I also decided to take Loree at Danger Garden's Poinsettia Challenge to use that plant and to do more with it than just plop it in place. In fact, once I put it in my grandmother's green Roseville Luffa jardiniere, I decided it was much brighter than it seemed under the shop lights. I definitely needed to tone it down somehow. But I didn't really want to cut the plant apart to make it look and feel a bit different.
Instead of clipping the plant, I added assorted stems of statice, dried ferns and other brown-toned foliage. The ends of these plants (at least the live ones) are stuck in those little glass flower tubes and inserted around the plant. I stuck a few dried stems right in the midst of the Poinsettia as well.
Next I added a mini Christmas tree decorated with cookies, a big candlestick and a string of holiday lights.
Here's a close-up of the cookie tree which my sister-in-law gave me last Christmas. The cookies are by Rumi O-Brien, a local artist who is talented in a variety of media. I thought the red, pink and green frosting was a fun way to reiterate the colors of the arrangement and keep the whole thing from being too serious.
This shows you the "bouquet" in situ with a gold-leaf folding screen on the wall and a Ming dynasty Lohan at the right end of the table.
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what other folks have found in their gardens to create a winter arrangement.