One of the things I love about my church is that various members of the congregation contribute the floral arrangements each Sunday. From their own yards. Even in the dead of winter. OK, so maybe they get some additions from either the florist or the grocery store for those winter arrangements, but lots of times they do not-- they create really fun textural arrangements of what is available in their yards.
It has taken me awhile to adjust to this mindset. After all, the primary reason I plant stuff is to look at and enjoy it outside. Or from inside through the window. But every now and then, I simply have to give in to the urge to bring outside in--in the form of what is commonly called a "flower arrangement."
In this image, besides the surplus of cucumbers, you see some nifty pottery from a local potter, with a bunch of stuff inside. I'm not belaboring the point here, but just to give you a taste, there are iris, a stem of Diablo ninebark leaves, some type of exotic coneflower, a giant coneflower (the yellow one with the enormous cone), a type of verbena, some spikes of not-yet-blooming goldenrod, and (the really lightweight frilly stuff)--asparagus.
It may not be the be-all end-all, but it's playful & colorful, and that's enough to make me smile. What have you got outside that you can bring in?