In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

In A Vase On Monday-Yuletide

In A Vase On Monday-Yuletide

Monday brings an opportunity to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to create a floral arrangement from materials gathered in one’s own garden.

The Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ is blooming as it should be at this holiday season and though it has appeared in many recent Monday vase, it takes center stage again this week.

But the original inspiration for this arrangement was a group of 6 small Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ plants I pulled from the meditation circle today where they had sprouted up. I thought the red and green hues of the leaves would make a nice arrangement in and of themselves. I used the plants, roots and all, placing them over top of florist’s foam, secured with pins. Later I will try to reestablish them in one of the borders if they hold up.

Eventually I could not resist adding the camellia flowers for a bit more color, but using them led the design away from the restraint I had envisioned.

I thought I would create a low, arrangement, but raise it by using a crystal pedestal dish.  The design works best from overhead though as I did not work out the proportions carefully except from the top view.

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A few sprigs of black berries of Liriope spicata (creeping lilyturf) added a textural element to contrast with the rest of the design. The dark color of the berries are intended to pick up the deep coloring in the penstemon as well. One small sprig of Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow) was blooming yesterday and it made a useful accent.

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Materials List

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Dutch’ (Dutch Lavender)
Liriope spicata (creeping lilyturf)
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

The arrangement will add some color and cheer this week as Christmas nears. Saturday we had a snow that lasted about 30 minutes before turning to rain. The snow did not stick at all but it was fun to watch. And yesterday was winter solstice—the days are getting longer.

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

24 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Judy, I was surprised to find the camellia flowers in good enough condition to use this week. We’ve had some cold nights. Happy holidays to you too!

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  1. Donna@GardensEyeView

    I really love this arrangement and I think it works well from all perspectives you show here….I love the berries and I like how they do indeed pick up the foliage as you had intended…the camellias are fabulous and stand out agains the foliage and textures….a beautiful holiday vase…

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Donna I appreciate your lovely comments. With more time I might have tweaked it a bit more, but am happy with it. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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  2. Cathy

    Yes, those camellias are indeed gorgeous and it brings out the red in those penstemon seedlings. I love the effect of the berries too – these are different from liriope muscari I guess, must look them up. Do the camellias last well when picked? It will make a great centrepiece for a Christmas meal – I wonder how you would have tweaked it if you had had more time…? Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Cathy, the liriope spicata spreads by runners and is hard to get rid of. Liriope muscari grows to form a nice clump, so I would recommend that kind. The camellias last only 3-4 days, but if the weather holds I can keep replacing them. As to tweaking, I should have kept turning the arrangement around as I worked on it to make sure it was balanced from every directions. Instead I worked mostly from above and when I lifted it onto the pedestal it didn’t seem balanced.

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  3. Kris Peterson

    You always do a wonderful job with your arrangements, Susie. and this one is no exception. I particularly like the addition of the lavender, which cools down the red of the Camellias. Best wishes for a happy holiday!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks so much Kris. I like that silvery color of lavender and the smell is so nice too. It’s very useful in arrangements. Happy holidays to you also.

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  4. Christina

    What a valuable plant the Camellia is Susie. I have to admit I am thinking of getting one for a pot on the terrace after seeing how lovely yours are. I like how you have used the unexpected foliage of the Penstemon to make a more sophisticated arrangement.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’ve been seeing some beautiful camellias this autumn. They come in a lot of different colors and habits. You’d probably enjoy having one on your terrace, particularly if you choose one that has good fragrance. I noticed the Penstemon foliage while checking the garden for GBFD and on a whim decided to use it. I think a different design somehow, without the competition of the red/yellow camellias would show off the penstemon to better advantage–maybe I’ll try it again sometime.

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  5. Cathy

    How lovely! Your Camellias are so pretty and festive, and I do like that quirky little sprig of Achillea! The foliage is a very nice contrast – great idea to try and replant the Penstemon too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I’m afraid everyone will be tired of seeing this particular camellia, but thought I’d better take advantage of it while it’s still blooming. Until the hellebores open there’s little else going on. That pink yarrow is quirky, you’re right. Don’t know why it continues to have one bloom every couple of weeks, but I’m glad! Happy Christmas!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks! It is nice that Husker Red seeds easily and produces volunteers. Don’t think I’ve ever used its foliage indoors before but will keep it in mind.

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  6. Chloris

    I love the red and black, a very sophisticated colour scheme and the Camellia is just perfect for a Xmas arrangement. I think I really must buy this gorgeous Camellia.
    Happy Christmas Susie.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Liz. I like that you thought the arrangement sophisticated—I almost used that term but was unsure. The black does add an intriguing element that might be fun to experiment with in the future. You might enjoy this Yuletide camellia. I’ve been wanting a white one. Merry Christmas to you!

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