I found this seedhead of Allium schubertii buried under dying tulip foliage many months ago and brought it indoors to dry on the tiny cast iron radiator of my tiny office, where it has been hanging out ever since, waiting for its moment of glory.
The warmth from the tealight rises and sets the whirligig spinning, its angels and shepherds ceaselessly circling the baby Jesus in his manger.
When you have an enormous spray can of gold paint, suddenly everything you own is in danger of death by gilding. Pretty plants – beware of this can of gold.
These Café-au-Lait dahlias died beautifully in a jug on my bedside table. I dried them likewise on a radiator, and gave them a dusting of gold, along with some graceful crocosmia seedheads.
The man in the Marchmont Hardware Store also had silver paint for sale… it is important to support local businesses, so I bought a can of that too.
Not all the ivy got a coating. Green ivy is one of my favourite Christmas decorations.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and I do recommend visiting her page to see her vase and links to all the other vases made by garden bloggers around the world today.