In A Vase On Monday—Camellias And Gardenias

In A Vase On Monday-Cameillias and Gardenias

In A Vase On Monday-Cameillias and Gardenias

Each Monday brings an opportunity to join in Cathy’s weekly challenge called In A Vase On Monday where the goal is to fill a vase using materials collected from the garden.

I had planned a quick arrangement today of newly blooming chrysanthemums, but a traditional design seemed more appropriate to honor the flowers I selected instead. My delicate pink-tinged Camellia sasanqua is blooming. While I was collecting some of these fragile flowers I noticed the neighboring Gardenia jasminoides had offered up 4 or 5 more blooms.  What a fragrant pairing these flowers made.

Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua

Gardenia jasminoides

Gardenia jasminoides

A few pink and white Echinacea are used to fill out the arrangement. Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower) is still going strong after many, many weeks in flower, but I have not used it much indoors this summer.

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' (Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower)

Gardenia leaves are dark green and shiny, making them a perfect background to accentuate the flowers in this week’s vase. For this traditional round design, I first established a spherical shape using the foliage, before adding the flowering materials. Eventually I removed some of the foliage as the initial quantity made the arrangement seem too heavy.

Foliage of Gardenia jasminoides was used to establish the round shape of the design.

Foliage of Gardenia jasminoides was used to establish the round shape of the design.

The goal of today's vase was to create a traditional round design.

The goal of today’s vase was to create a traditional round design.

A few sprigs of ‘Carolina Sapphire’ (Arizona Cypress) lend an airy texture to the arrangement.

'Carolina Sapphire' (Arizona Cypress)

‘Carolina Sapphire’ (Arizona Cypress)

Today’s container is a piece of crystal that once belonged to my maternal aunt. It seemed like a good choice for this formal floral design.

Crystal Vase

Crystal Vase

The scent of the gardenias and the camellias made assembling this vase such a pleasure today.

Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua

In A Vase On Monday-Camellias and Gardenias (with Echinacea)

In A Vase On Monday-Camellias and Gardenias (with Echinacea)

 

Materials
Flowers
Camellia sasanqua
Gardenia jasminoides
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides
‘Carolina Sapphire’ (Arizona Cypress)

Mechanics
Floral foam
Crystal vase
6-inch plastic Lomey dish

 

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Discover what delightful things she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday. Perhaps you will be inspired to share your own vase.

32 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Camellias And Gardenias

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I realize you’d probably fly, but my first thought was, “Run, don’t walk to get there.” I visited the gardens at Huntington last year and it is beautiful. The Camellia walk is lovely and I especially enjoyed the Japanese garden. I’m not a huge fan of rose gardens but their’s was wonderful.

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    1. Christina

      This week seems to have made everyone look for different flowers. Yours is a wonderful combination. Gardenia and camellia look wonderful together even though I think of them as flowers from different seasons. Crystal is the perfect choice for these flowers Susie, this is definitely one of my favorites of your arrangements.

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      1. pbmgarden Post author

        Thank you Christina. Part of what makes this fun is finding the slightly unexpected. I thought about just floating a couple of sasanqua blossoms in a shallow dish, but discovering the gardenia pushed me to do more.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for the name of the camellia John. A woman who works for a garden center in Raleigh came across my sasanqua post last year and suggested it might be ‘Hana Jiman’. I forgot to look it up yesterday. This one does bloom well. I bought it at Southern States years ago before I started trying to remember the cultivars, so don’t know for sure. It has a wonderful scent.

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  1. Cathy

    Looks like summer! The camellias are of course wonderful, but I also love the gardenia foliage and the white Echinacea. Does it usually flower so long for you? Sprigs of cypress are also a great idea. I admire the shape of your arrangement Susie. Mine was a bit “plonked” this week!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, I was planning to “plonk” this week too and just float a few camellias in a shallow dish, but finding the gardenias made me change direction. The white Echinacea did not do well last year but made a comeback this year. I feel it’s an unusually long autumn season this year, with pretty decent amounts of rain, and that has given the Echinacea and some other things time to flower under less stressful conditions. Have a good week.

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  2. Cathy

    Wow – that camellia was not what I was expecting – it looks so like a rose in these pictures and I wouldn’t have known unless I looked at the leaves I suppose. The gardenia is gorgeous too and I still have to admit I have never knowingly smelt one! The echinacea was an inspired addition as, with the evergreen foliage, it sets the main blooms off perfectly. Very lovely, Susie – thanks for sharing!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks very much Cathy. This is my favorite of the 3 camellias in my garden. I admit I had to add the echinacea because I didn’t have enough stems of camellia and gardenia to complete the arrangement, but it seemed to make a good companion. Looking forward to your anniversary posting. I’ll have to look back and see when I first joined in.

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  3. Julie

    Hi Susie, your arrangement is really accomplished and professional, its just beautiful. And your Aunts crystal vase the perfect foil for your gorgeous flowers. 🙂 PS Lovely photos too!

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  4. bittster

    What a nice arrangement, I’m sure there would be no shortage of people willing to take it home to become their own table’s centerpiece. I am a little jealous of the camellias and gardenias. To have both at once is a real treat!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. Perhaps the soft colors lend a bit of romance. I certainly enjoyed working with these flowers, but sadly by Wed. evening, they’re not holding up very well. The scent is so nice still I’m leaving them a while longer.

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  5. Chloris

    How beautiful and such exquisite flowers. I love the Camellia and having Gardenia to pick is very special.It must be a joy having this in the room. Your arrangements always look so professional.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks so much Charlie. Finding the gardenias to accompany the camellia was quite nice. Sadly, this arrangement didn’t last very well, but I’m more hopeful for this week’s. Hope you’ve been having a nice autumn across the continent.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I don’t have a tag for this camellia but a couple of people have suggested it is ‘Hana Jiman’. When I looked it up I thought it certainly is a good match, but can’t know for sure. This has a lovely fragrance.

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