Knowing the weather was about to change dramatically, I actually put these vases together on Friday morning. Then I went off to meet friends for lunch. By the time we left the restaurant the wind was practically gale force, the temperature had dropped at least twenty degrees and the sky was filled with dark clouds that made it look like it was about to snow. It is hard to complain when typical November weather arrives after three weeks of above normal temps.
When I was out in the garden looking for vase material, I picked anything that was still looking good despite a couple of frosty nights. I created four arrangements which are now spread out around the house: in both bathrooms, on the kitchen windowsill and on the table where we eat most of our meals. They are all still looking nice with the exception of the Hellebore flowers (above) which are most definitely fading at this point.
The last foliage on an annual Hibiscus plant that I grew in a container by the front door along with a few stems of Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta.
The ferns and Arum italicum are holding up really well, much better than I anticipated.
This little bouquet is the type of grouping I aways try to make at this point in the year. All sorts of foliage that should last a couple of weeks at the very least so I can enjoy greenery until December arrives.
The arrangement includes leaves from three varieties of Geranium, assorted Epimedium foliage along with Heuchera, Heucherella, Vancouveria hexandra, Hibiscus and Jacob's Ladder.
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what other gardeners have put in a vase this morning.