Lovely Lunaria as a Cut Flower
A corner of our backyard has the popular dried flower, Honesty. Sometimes it is also referred to as the Money Plant. It often has a weedy appearance in the garden. But, this year the color was especially stunning. You might describe it as a deep magenta purple. On a whim I decided to cut two stems and bring them inside.
A small cut-crystal vintage bud vase was the chosen vessel for this loveliness. There are lots of side stems on this regal-colored plant. I cut the side shoots off the main stem and had many pretty flowering stems. Using Lunaria as a cut flower is really easy. Essentially there is no arranging. Simply group the flowering stems together and insert them in a small vase. Be sure to watch the water level as they may be thirsty. Mine were.
Often I have seen this plant used as a dried flower in arrangements. It certainly provides lovely interest. And if you look closely, you can see the oval green seed pods already forming on the stems. I have not seen Lunaria as a cut flower and plan to use it more in the future. In addition to this lovely purple, it may be found in various shades from white to lavender to purple. It blooms at the same time as the Daffodils and Tulips, and together, they would make a striking arrangement.
To create my table top vignette, I used a small silver tray snagged sometime ago from Goodwill as the foundation piece for this grouping of Lunaria and smiling cat, which I was gifted at Christmas from a dear friend. A plate on a stand is always a nice complement and helps make a sweet spring arrangement of three with the lamp.
Do you have Lunaria growing in your garden or wild in a nearby field?
Have you used it as a cut flower or as a dried flower?
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