December 27, 2009

December Flowers

I've noticed over the past years, that there are flowers, and of course, greens available in my zone 5 garden every month of the year. And, I mean outdoors, not just in the greenhouse. I though that I might start a Friday tradition in 2010 ( if I can keep up with it!), but since there are so many tracking devices for blog traffic available, I've noticed that the most comments and views I receive come from the posts that show either floral combinations, or arranged plant material. But, since my blog is focused more toward more interesting, or rare plants, and those that are more unusual or overlooked or forgotten I thought that maybe this will indeed be an interesting and fun project to try.

So starting next week, I will try my best to post an image of plant material arranged artistically that is not just out of the ordinary, but extraordinary in some measurable way. The material may come from the yard, my garden or from the greenhouse. Or, it may come from any combination, but the one rule I must follow is that I grew it, and that nothing was purchased. Not sure what I will call the post yet, maybe something with the word inspiration in it., Or, simple Friday Flowers. But wait, I may not use flowers all of the time. OK...I need to think about this a bit!

Until then, here is a sampler....some Hellebores cut and arranged in a Tibetan wooden box, placed in the alpine garden on the late December thaw ( snow tomorrow!). Enjoy.


  1. What a beautiful arrangement! I never thought of hellebores coming in yellow. I love them in yellow. I have considered trying to grow them I guess I need to look into them and see if they would like my zone 7b weather.

  2. Great idea. I love hellebore arrangement. They are some of my favorite flowers. I planted about 60 a few years ago. Can't wait to see what they do next year!

  3. Matt:
    This sounds like it will be a lot of fun, and knowing your penchant for rare and unusual, I am sure it will attract a lot of attention..... you have mine already!

  4. if you are looking for more detailed information on USDA plant hardiness zones, there is an interactive USDA plant hardiness zone map at http://www.plantmaps.com/usda_hardiness_zone_map.php which will allow you to locate your USDA zone based on zipcode or city.


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