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Glorious and Green

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Happy Friday, friends… and what a fabulous Friday it’s been!

Sorry sewing machine, but it was far too beautiful to sit inside all day in the hopes of trying to work out our issues. Indeed, today was much better spent enjoying some quality time outdoors, soaking up rays of sunshine while photographing and foraging in the nearby woodlands. While not many flowers besides the snowdrops have yet to surface, there’s plenty of greenery and foliage to admire.

Much to an allergic nose’s dismay, the golden hazelnut catkins elegantly dangle from the branches above. Caught in the glow of the low winter sun, the pollen-coated catkins offer a welcome burst of color between the barren branches of the trees.

The ferns, encouraged by a marked lack of heavy frost, have continued to put forth new growth. Thanks to moss and ferns, the shaded hillsides previously coated with fallen leaves are slowly transforming into a mass of greenery.

Even though I don’t have many flowers… okay, any flowers, really… left in the garden, I’ve been itching to put together some more arrangements for you guys. Seizing the opportunity to take advantage of the available foliage, I snipped some branches of hazelnut catkins, fern fronds, fennel, and mint. If there aren’t any flowers to play with, why don’t we make a green bouquet instead?

Even though we stuck to a monotone color scheme, the wonderful variety of textures made our little arrangement anything but monotonous.

To keep with our woodland theme, I wrapped the stems in a layer of bright green moss instead of my go-to ribbon selection.

To me, there’s something incredibly pleasing about a green color palette… something soothing about feasting your eyes on a hand-tied bundle of fresh foliage.

Although this handheld arrangement probably wouldn’t last terribly long when carried out of water, the foliage fared remarkably well during the entirety of my nature walk and is still looking nice and perky in the vase.

How do you guys feel about flower-less arrangements? To boring for your taste? Whether you “yea” or “nay” the green bouquet, I think that it’s always nice to stay seasonal and use what you’ve got… even if what you’ve got ain’t a lot :)

Wishing you a glorious weekend!

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oooh, it’s so green and lush looking there — even without the flowers. Sigh. What a beautiful day to be outside!

    February 1, 2014
  2. I think leaves are as important as flowers. I have leaves and catkins in my garden. I may go and pick some especially as it is not raining for a change.

    February 1, 2014
  3. Emily #

    Ahhh, Elizabeth. We’re having a bit of good luck this winter in terms of greenery… the lack of snow and hard frosts has kept things looking a bit more lush than usual.

    Good idea, Gill! It’s always fun to root around in the garden and see what you can find. Sometimes a lack of options can lead to some interesting combinations :) xx

    February 1, 2014
  4. Gorgeous photos as always! And lush indeed, last few days are almost spring like…!

    February 3, 2014
    • Emily #

      Totally, Alla! Hasn’t it be absolutely beautiful?? I’m starting to think that we may not get any snow at all this year, ha. xx

      February 3, 2014

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