In A Vase On Monday—Branching Into Spring

In A Vase On Monday

It is Monday evening and I am joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to create a floral arrangement from materials gathered in one’s own garden.

I dashed out late this afternoon when today’s heavy rain finally had paused. Brilliant white branches of spiraea, now in full bloom, draped gracefully downward under the weight of the day’s water. Thinking I simply would gather a few stems to place in a vase for today, I happy found the long spires were resilient after giving them a quick shake to remove the water. [Note: I am grateful to Marian at Hortitopia for helping me identify this as bridal wreath spiraea.]

Nearby I noticed the strong pink magenta flowers of the redbud tree. Deciding to switch directions, I cut a few branches of this also. Now my new goal was to display the curving, arching lines of several branches of redbud against the backdrop of a black container. My vision called for sophisticated restraint.

To support the arrangement I placed three florist’s frogs into a low black acrylic dish.  As I started assembling the arrangement, each placement felt interesting, but it can be hard to know when to stop. Eventually I had included the spiraea also, making the design a bit more exuberant, even frillier, than I had intended. But I like the way it turned out.

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Black stones set among the flower pins complete the arrangement.

I photographed the flowers on a handwoven silk table runner, a thoughtful gift from one of my sisters.

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Materials List

Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)

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Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

24 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Branching Into Spring

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks! Glad you like this arrangement Marian. Maybe you’d like to join in Cathy’s In A Vase on Monday sometime. I know you would do well.

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  1. Cathy

    You are so good at this Susie! It looks quite stunning – the Spiraea is a different one to mine – is it also scented? The redbud looks almost like tiny cherry blossoms in the arrangement. Lovely!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Julie thanks for the kind words. I have been seeing redbuds everywhere the last week. They are native here and grow along the woods’s edge and cultivars are used frequently in landscaping.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Annette, glad you like the arrangement. I was hoping for a Japanese feel and someday I want to get some instruction so I understand the discipline of it, instead of winging it.

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  2. Christina

    I agree with Annette, your arrangement has a Japanese feel about it today. It is very elegant and this also captures spring in a different way. Your mentioned “florists frogs” something else new to me, what are they?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Christina, I wanted the low black container and the arching branches to give it the Japanese-style mood, so happy it came across that way. The florist frog is also know as a florist pin. The ones I used today are 2 or 3-inch round heavy bases covered with closely placed sharp pins. You can insert the flower stem in them and they stand up easily. Google “florist frog images” and I’m sure you’ll recognize them.

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  3. Cathy

    And I am late dropping in to see your delightful offering…. but isn’t it gorgeous? So many people have mentioned spiraea recently, but I am completely spiraea-less….. 😉 I have heard of cercis but didn’t realise how beautully delicate looking the flowers were – these make for an absolutely stunning arangement with the spiraea. I have just bought some ‘frogs’ but didn’t need them this week, but I am thrilled to see the effect you can create. I presume there is water in your dish? I am learning so much from this meme and I am so pleased to have you joining in 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Cathy! Spiraea is very showy this time of year in my garden–was fun to use it in the arrangement. And the redbud is in bloom everywhere around my region of the state. These Monday posts will be a great and lasting record of when and what plants are flowering throughout the year. Hope you’ll enjoy using the frogs. This arrangement went together quickly but would have been impossible (for me anyway) without them. susie

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  4. garden98110

    Thank you for succumbing to the Monday in a Vase. It is something we have come to pleasantly anticipate on your site. Flower arrangement is an Art. And Art, like Life, takes some practice, too. Always lovely, it is inspiring to see your garden move indoors on Mondays with your arrangements. You have outdone yourself this week with a beauteously balanced and expressive arrangement.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      So glad you like this arrangement and I appreciate your generous comments. Practice keeps us “Doing” and I find this chance to participate on Mondays with a floral design helps keep me focused on doing, creating and moving forward in general.

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