A Shock of Mulberry Caught My Eye…

A Shock of Mulberry Caught My Eye…featured

I was outside, doing nothing glamorous (picking up after the dog), when this caught my eye:Mulberry colored hydrangea Mulberry colored hydrangea

Claret, Marsala, Mulberry, Cranberry:  whatever word you use to describe the color of these lingering hydrangea—it doesn’t matter:  they are simply beautiful.  My hydrangea (I have around 10) have continued their color metamorphosis since my last hydrangea post “365 Days of Hydrangea“.  This particular shade is new for me this year, despite this shrub being here for several years—and can perhaps be attributed to changing soil acidity, summer drought conditions, fall temperatures or something else.  I immediately stopped what I was doing, and grabbed my shears for another floral arrangement.

To complement the hydrangea, I cut some of my go-to shrub for winter arrangements:  Viburnum ‘Spring Bouquet’.  This is a plant every home florist in zone 7 or above needs in their arsenal.  It is evergreen.  The dusty rose-colored buds start now, and open into white flowers around February.  While never the centerpiece in an arrangement, it is a perfect accent plant.  My shrub is huge.  I remember seeing a small bouquet of this (maybe 10 cut stems or so) going for $25 at San Francisco’s Ferry Terminal market.  Wow, and here is mine:Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet' Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet' Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet'

I also cut a branch of Juniper (mine is ‘Skyrocket’ Juniper) to mix in.'Skyrocket' Juniper

I chose a footed pedestal vessel.  This one happens to be one I picked up at a vintage store for not very much money, and it is Frankoma pottery–made in Oklahoma with local clay.  I need to get more of these–I love the glaze, it’s very organic and goes with almost any flower.Frankoma pottery

Here is the finished result!  Enjoy!  These photos also include a black table runner I wove using hand painted bamboo yarn for the warp, and black bamboo yarn for the weft.

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Stephanie Koski

Stephanie is a retired physician, mother to three boys, and an avid gardener with many hobbies and interests. She lives outside of Salem, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley. Stephanie does all of the photography and writing for this website, and all content is original and copyrighted.

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