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Berries & Birdcages

ivy berries

Walking back from the post office today I picked a small piece of Hedera helix – also known as common ivy, English ivy, European ivy, or just ivy!

I do have ivy growing in my garden but not with the dark purple-black fruit and I’d been thinking it would be striking in a flower arrangement, so today I’m sneaking it into  my In A Vase On Monday arrangement with flowers and foliage from my garden.

snake flowers

May vase

You may remember my peony tree  ‘pink sticks’ from a few weeks back – I’m pleased to report they kept their colour once dried – so I’ve added a few of those and some blackened plum sticks (the water shoots that grow nice and straight up from the base of the tree).

I’ve used 3 cobra head lilies, one pink rose and some bergenia  flowers that after a few days of good rain and a little sunshine are providing a lovely splash of colour in the garden.

I’m not sure the sticks work so in the morning I may have a fiddle and try it without them but I am pleased with my choice of vase – an old tarnished silver sugar bowl, which I’ve used with a ceramic flower frog to help hold the arrangement in place and my miniature wire bird cages from Faff & Rambling seemed the perfect little props to sit along side.

faff & rambling wire birdcages

Cathy from Rambling In The Garden started In A Vase On Monday to inspire people to bring something from their garden inside to enjoy – what ever the season. Pop over to her blog to see what she and others have gathered this week and if you feel like joining in one Monday put a link to your vase in the comments on her post.

The Spider & the Snake

hellebore vasehellebores and cobra head lilybeaded spider & cobra head lilyI love the painterly petals of the crimson hellebores in my garden and they have provided inspiration for many a Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress.

The word I would use for the cobra head lilies though would be intrigued!

Moving to a house with an established garden unveils many surprises through the seasons and even over several years and the cobra head lilies were certainly one for me.

I had not come across them before and was slightly startled when I glimpsed one out of the corner of my eye when weeding one day.

I’ve added one to my hellebore posie with some cyclamen leaves in an old brass vase which is the ‘sister’ one to that which I used in my In A Corner post.

My beaded spider bought from the little craft shop on Magnetic Island seemed the perfect addition to the arrangement – the only kind of snakes and spiders I like to encounter!

 

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