Wednesday, January 27, 2016

old herb containers

I definitely need to get out. I've been snowed in so long I've alphabetized my herbs and spices! Also found an embarrassingly large number of duplicates and old, old herbs. Threw some out; consolidated others, resulting in lots of leftover containers, one of which may be an antique! See the can in the middle from Ann Page (as in A&P)? Is there even an A&P grocery store any more?? I harvested the leaves from things growing in the house--some scented geranium and basil leaves--to fill the some of the discarded containers.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

frozen camellia

I picked this camellia flower yesterday morning and it was looking only partly freeze-burned then. Today it's almost all brown. Still, though, it looks like a flower and I welcome it on the windowsill! I'm thinking of it as "antiqued."

sea creatures (in bark and evergreen foliage)

This little piece of evergreen Chamacyparis reminded me of a coral or something like it under the sea, so I tried to arrange it in a way that showed its structure off. That's why it's submerged in the glass container. The "creature" on top is a piece of rolled birch bark.

Monday, January 18, 2016

nandina with money plant leaf (the latter brought into the house it rock hard frozen state this morning)

There are a couple of interesting things going on here. One is the tree trunk in the background. Another are the tiny (and I do mean TINY) new, green nandina leaves coming out of this red-leaved nandina twig, which I harvested at least two weeks before Christmas. (If you can see them at all, they're probably more visible in second photo). And a third interesting thing (to me) is the green money plant leaf, which I brought into the house stiff as a board (and, in fact, with a little mound of ice on it) this morning. It thawed without drooping. Way to go little leaf!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Red oak leaf

Pretending patio door is a windowsill at my mother-in law's in Connecticut. The "vase" is a ball of twine, the plant material a beautiful red oak leaf. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January camellia

I actually took this photo a couple of days ago. It's a flower from a spring-blooming camellia that bloomed in December and stayed pretty, indoors, until January.