In A Vase On Monday—Modern Design

The day is nearly done but I wanted to join Cathy again for In A Vase On Monday. I was happy with today’s practice of a parallel design, adapted from techniques learned in a class last spring, but photographing it proved to be beyond me today. Perhaps I will try again tomorrow with daylight for support.

Flower design

The arrangement is created using three florist pins. A large Arum leaf stands to the left. Posed slightly in back of the arum, a tall branch of Wintergreen boxwood adds height on the right-hand side. A smaller arum connects the two features.

Toward the front, three red and one white cyclamen flowers tie the three sections together at mid-level, while Hellebores and Winter daphne form the base.  The cyclamen are from plants I have grown indoors for many years though I have never used them in an arrangement before. They have been blooming profusely this winter, living happily on indirect light from a west-facing window and water every three or four days.

This is the materials list:

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen) – Florists’s cyclamen
Arum italicum
Buxus microphylla var koreana ‘Wintergreen’ (Wintergreen boxwood)

Flower design-2

Thanks very much to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting In A Vase On Monday. Visit her site to see her arrangement this week and those of other participants.

Flower design-3

21 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Modern Design

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Sadly the Daphne is not fragrant yet. It’s been much colder this year and so it hasn’t opened outside. Last week I’d hoped it would open once indoors but it didn’t. Thanks for commenting Pauline.

  1. Cathy

    Practising? Parallel design? Techniques? This is getting serious, Susie! I shall have to find out exactly what a florist’s pin is, but they have certainly done a good job of fitting the arrangement together. It just shows how you can bring disparate elements together like this and create something really artistic – I like the addition of pebbles in the base too. I look forward to having enough daphne blooms of my own to include on a Monday sometime – but not this year, sadly! Thanks for sharing this – I feel it is becoming quite an inspirational meme as I know I am already thinking about the weekly creations in a way I never would have done before.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Not getting “too” serious Cathy. I took a 4-session design class last year but didn’t have time to work it in this year, so your weekly meme is inspiring me to think back to some ideas from that class. And it serves to remind me to check around for what is going on in my own garden. I was surprised to find the various items, such as the arum, today that could be worked into the arrangement. The pin holder is just a heavy base with pins closely arranged on top. Makes it easy to insert the flower stem into the holder. Thanks again for hosting.

  2. JulieJulie King

    This is so impressive – you have quite a few components but the end result is so clean and modern! I have just started using cyclamen as cut flowers this winter and am really impressed with their staying power. Also I love the idea of putting daphne in the arrangement, although my tiny plant only has 2 blooms this year so it will need to grow a bit first. How do you find the hellebores last in an arrangement like this?

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks very much Julie! Actually I took a cue from you to use cyclamen as a cut flower and I really like the result. Had not tried it before. The hellebores from last week’s arrangement are still looking fine, so give them a try. I have also seen other bloggers display hellebores floating in a shallow dish where they show off the inner markings and look very pretty.

  3. garden98110

    There is much to learn in adapting our imaginations and creativity to unfamiliar formalized rules. This leaves us with a renewed sense of perspective. In itself, we communicate our feelings of discovery in the works we create. Doesn’t this add another layer of statement to our expression. And the movement in everything reflected by practice and development of our metier (work, technique) over time. Very courageous inspiration. Thanks. — The Healing Garden gardener

      1. garden98110

        We think so, too. Sometimes good learning grows like roots beneath the field of awareness. As I am more okay with ‘living and learning’ this quality of myself vests itself into the artifact I am arranging. And becomes a dimension of my expression. I tell myself this is a good healing goal, too. — THGg

  4. Stepheny Houghtlin

    This arrangement wins a blue ribbon. I just love it and is one of the best posts you’ve done….so grown up with a plant list and explanation. I hope you let the garden club ladies know about this because they would learn about this particular design. Wonderful.


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