It is a holiday week in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November. I live in South Florida, but in my mind, there should be a celebration with a vase of red and orange leaves and nuts and cones. These things are scarce in South Florida. I always think of my mother, a great gardener and Southern Lady this time of year. She always had the perfect seasonal centerpiece on the dining room table. So I went in search of a little bit of not so tropical flowers for this vase.
The vase in the picture is a sugar bowl from my formal wedding china, nestled in a della Robbia candle ring I made from nuts and cones collected near the townhouse my husband and I lived in when we first married, almost thirty years ago. My mother had a similar ring made by my father’s mother, though I can’t recall what became of it, the ring is one of the holiday touchstones of my youth, usually sporting a red or green pillar candle during the holidays.
I wonder if others call these della Robbia’s? I think that term applies to garland decorated terracotta pots. I was working towards a fall arrangement with tropical plants that did not look tropical! Hope it worked.
The leaves are from Copperleaf (Acalphya wilkesiana); red flower spikes, Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea); the linen towel from a very dear friend lost to cancer seven years ago this October.
Orange spikes are from Blanchetiana Bromeliad flowers; off white spikes from Juba Bush (Iresine diffusa); and grass flowers from Muhly Grass ( Muhlbergia capillaris). There is a stem of foliage with new red growth from Surinam Cherry (Eugenia uviflora)
Tropically, not tropical ?
Happy Thanksgiving, whenever celebrated and I am thankful for my garden blog friends.