Ah, the first Monday of 2015. 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.
I prepared this arrangement a day ahead, knowing today might be too busy. Sunday’s skies were dreary. In between showers, daylight was remarkably pale. The temperature was mild, in the 60s F., and knowing the week ahead is forecast to be very cold, I spent some time taking care of an easy garden chore.
I recently saw a reminder to trim away leaves from hellebores before their flowers emerge. When I had last checked on mine a few days ago they showed no sign of being ready to bloom, but after trimming away several handfuls of leaves I finally looked down the row and laughed out loud. I had been too focused on the task at hand to even notice that many of their nodding flowers already had commenced to open.
I knew all week the container I wanted to use for today and was hoping to find something new in bloom. A few days ago my daughter gave me a colorful and versatile vase for short-stemmed flowers. There are eight ceramic tubes set at slightly different angles and heights on a rectangular base. Each tube is a different color, but in effect they are rather neutral and do not compete with the colors of the blossoms.
This arrangement went together quickly. Hellebores typically like to face downward but the tubes of the vase helped prop up several of them so as to expose the interesting markings and colors.
I do not have many kinds of Hellebores but would like to get a few more. They bloom for three months, starting in January! What a nice way to start off the new year.
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)