In A Vase On Monday – Last Dregs

Eliza Waters

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Most of the foliage in my garden has succumbed to repeated frosts, but a few things hang on. As I went out to gather these, a cold, gusty wind was swirling snow flurries all around. Winter is right around the corner.

Garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), with their attractive gray-green leaves, provided a base.

img_6396Burgundy-red deciduous azalea foliage (sorry, no ID, as it came with the house) has rich purplish-brown undertones, a perfect contrast to the gray-green. Mauve heads of stonecrop (Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’ Autumn Joy) expand the color range.

img_6399Dried seed heads of bee balm (Monarda didyma) and wild common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) provide vertical interest and a smattering of bright green rose geranium leaves (Pelargonium graveolens)  create the finishing touch.

img_6402My vase is hand-blown crackle glass, a treasure from my childhood, once belonging to my mother. Mr. Toad, who lives on this autumn-themed…

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