I picked this foliage bouquet on Oct. 28. That night the overnight low matched the date: 28 degrees F. (-2.22 C. Thirty-two degrees is freezing under this system.) Since then we've had nights with temperatures in the single digits. But a number of these plants are still going strong in the garden. Strong enough that I have pulled a few things out as they faded and replaced them with fresh ones.
As I was taking these photos I realized this bouquet needed some brighter yellow-greens but I could not really find any left in the garden to cut.
The arrangement includes dramatic leaves like Hosta, Arum italicum and Hellebore along with lots of ferns and Heuchera. I also cut the last two stems of Alstroemeria 'Inca Ice' that had buds on them.
Those long brown seed pods are from my Locust trees and there is also a stem of Hosta flowers that have gone to seed.
Here's what this grouping looked like after two weeks of dry indoor air. I did replace the Amsonia fronds but my favorite foliage is the brown and crispy Hosta leaf.
Surprisingly the buds on the Alstroemeria actually continued to plump up and then open after being cut. The color is a bit paler than the ones cut directly from the garden in full flower, but otherwise they look pretty good. I'll keep this bowl of foliage going as long as possible. Usually it lasts a month or so with a few additions and subtractions along the way.
I updated this grouping one last time, adding the remaining Alstroemeria from this vase. Their faded color nicely matches that ones that were cut in bud. It would seem as though I have a Thanksgiving bouquet at the ready, just waiting for the table to be set!
To see how other gardeners put together a vase this morning, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this most satisfying meme.