Forget the snowdrops that were starting to make their presence felt last week during our record-breaking high temperatures. By Saturday morning it was 16 degrees when we got up to go meet our Saturday coffee-shop gang. There won't be anything to bring indoors from my garden for quite a while longer I'm afraid. All that is in a vase that actually came out of my garden is this arrangement that I kept adding to all last autumn.
Usually I put a bloom or two in this traditional Japanese holder but its rich brown color suggested that I use it for a dried fall display. If these plants needed water this arrangement would never work because it is so stuffed into the vase area that not a drop of water could be added.
I love watching plants slowly dry out, waiting to see which ones retain their color and a recognizable form. Ferns, Dahlias, and a couple of dark Hellebore blooms at the very bottom are all easy to identify, as is the Bergenia leaf retaining a bit of its pink fall color.
But the twisted ferns may be my favorite parts of the entire composition.
To see what other gardeners have found to put in a vase this fine day, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this addictive meme.