Flaming Kate, Fig leaves and twigs with Gall disease.

Christ represents death as a sleep to His believing children. Their Life is hid with Christ in God, and until the last trumpet shall sound those who die will sleep in Him.

1Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with Trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1 E G White The Desire of Ages p527
2 The Bible.
My inspiration for what is in the vase. Trees in Popeswood meadow.
The twigs are from a shrub I took down in the late summer of 2020 once the baby birds had flown. The thickening of these fine woody stems are probably due to Gall disease. I kept a few twigs because they had interest. Fig leaves are here and there with two figs. The common English name for Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Poellin is Flaming Katy or Christmas Kalanchoe these are the succulent leaves in the front of the vase.
Notice the green figs and the brown swelling of what is Gall disease. Most galls are caused by irritation and or stimulation of plant cells due to feeding or egg-laying by insects such as aphids, midges, wasps or mites.
The shiny vase is much rounder than in my pictures but it is a joy to work with as the lady said it would be.
The Fig tree changing colour. It is difficult to pick a branch of yellow fig leaves without them dropping off. Hence greener ones made it to the vase.
This Christmas Kalanchoe spent summer 2021 outside. I have brought it in for the winter and used its heavy stems in the arrangement. The mother plant will do well and grow again in some new soil. The cuttings in the vase, when planted correctly, will send out roots from their wounds creating a new plant. While the roots are busy getting established, the cuttings will live off the nutrients stored in the succulent leaves.
Its partner stayed indoors and had an easier life. It was watered only when very dry (2″ depth of dryness) only every 3 weeks. We had a lot of rain so the one outside was wet more than it should have been. The indoor one had indirect bright light the outdoor one got direct morning sun and late afternoon light.

We become wiser when we realise we are not here forever.🙂


3 thoughts on “Flaming Kate, Fig leaves and twigs with Gall disease.

  1. Lovely unusual arrangement. One normally thinks “flowers”. But you’ve done something really nice here.
    Love the bit about becoming wiser…


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