CALIFORNIA NATIVES MAKE BEAUTIFUL ARRANGEMENTS

Who would think that in the fall and winter you could make such beautiful arrangements straight from the garden?  One of my native gardens has so much going on right now, that I could be cutting for days and you wouldn’t know it. All of these arrangements came from that one garden.  I have been having such fun with it that I would like to share some of my creations.  Since they all have mostly the same flowers, I will save the plant list until the end.

The first one I made for a client.  They have a brand newly planted garden, so I thought I would give them some instant color on their patio.  The mix of blue, gold and red berries make for a dramatic splash of color.  The only non-native in there is the Phormium ‘Maori Queen’ , which I added from their garden.

Since I became jealous of my clients arrangement, I decided to make one for myself.  So this one went out on my patio.

Well, then I needed one for inside the house…and I will tell you now what this is because you are probably going to be as instantly in love with it as I was.  It is Eriogonum Giganteum, or Saint Catherine’s Lace, and this one inflorescence measures about 18” in diameter.  Add the Leymus and the whole thing is about 3’ wide.

Finally, my holiday swag.  So simple, it took me longer to tie the bow than to bunch the greens.

Plants used are Leymus condensatus ‘Canyon Prince’, Sambucus mexicana, Heteromeles arbutifolia species and ‘Davis Gold”, Artemisia tridentata, Arctostaphylos ‘Pacific Mist’, Eriogonum grande var. rubescens, Eriogonum Saint Catherine’s Lace, Eriogonum fasciculatum