As much as I embrace Spring and the floral bounty that awakens after a long season’s nap, I cannot get enough of Winter’s bone. Finding blooms that insist on rising in spite of the cold hard ground and frigid air is a thrill I anxiously await. I have never met a berry that did not turn my head, and give me a nodding bloom in February and I am totally hooked.
The flowers and berries featured in today’s post are common in my garden here in Athens, GA and thrive in such conditions. In the first arrangement, a simple gathering of hellebores and narcissus huddle in a mercury glass vase and nestle perfectly on a table sprinkled with coarse confetti.
In the second arrangement, a single white hellebore mingles with a cluster of nubby spined spirea, dotted with tiny white blooms, finished with a spire of mahonia berries.
For me, the beauty lies in a gathered approach to arranging flowers; no real plan, just an inspired handful after a wander through the yard or the woods. The vase is usually what I have on hand, but what is on hand is usually a special little something picked up in my travels. I am especially fond of this old Ammonium Hydroxide glass bottle, one of six picked up at a local estate sale. Once used to contain the NH4 + OH solution in a University of Georgia chemistry lab in days long gone, it now serves as a vessel for flowers and always piques the interest of the passerby.
So, what’s blooming in your garden or along the path you commonly walk? Open your eyes, Winter beauty abounds.