Early December is often spent sprucing up our inside spaces for the holidays. Not only do we spend more time indoors, but many of us will have family, friends, and house guests visiting this month and next. We clean up, freshen up, and bring out our Christmas decorations in anticipation.
I love to have a beautiful holiday centerpiece on the dining room table, because that is where we gather with friends with our cups of tea or coffee. A beautiful centerpiece brings a smile and lightens the spirit even when it is just us enjoying it.
This year I found a beautiful bowl I wanted to use as the base for a living floral design. Living, so there are no dropping needles or berries from cut greens to clean up late in the month. I hope this looks even better in February and March than it does…
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The words ‘companion’ and ‘accent’ are used interchangeably to indicate a plant or object used in bonsai display. Last year I made a post of several in my backyard… http://crataegus.com/2010/05/13/accents/
…and here are a few more.
I have been heavily focused on Northwest native perennials since moving to Portland, Oregon. Part of the reason is that many of the nursery offerings seem a bit gaudy to me, not quite the austere, honest look we try to find in all our bonsai and in their accessories. (I made one exception here with a purple columbine, a genus which I have a weakness for… my purple one is a double-flowered variety, and doubtless the result of some savvy breeding.)
Some months of the year I’m as easily excited about accents as the bonsai. One of the curiosities of accents is that depending on how the perennial grows that year, or is trimmed…
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