I have decided to set myself a challenge to cut one bunch of flowers each week from the garden or allotment for 52 weeks- I may also have to raid the hedgerow on occasion. This is the first offering and it contains the wonderful ornithogalum (see previous post) which is still producing fabulous stems plus lamium, sweet box and arum.
I sometimes make a Christmas decoration from the dried flower-heads of Hydrangea villosa. The flowers are less dense than other hydrangeas but the open form of the branches is lovely enough to carry a spray of silver. By this time of year the flowers have faded from mauve to a mixture of bronze and soft lilac and they then pick up a bit of the silver spray. I will drape the surface of the marble fire surround with them and then dot candle night- lights in various decorative glasses in amongst them. Nearer the day I will post again to show how cool they look. The lovely dried flower- heads of other hydrangeas would work well sprayed or left as they are in all their autumn glory.