In A Vase On Monday—Once Upon A Time

In A Vase On Monday - Once Upon A Time

In A Vase On Monday – Once Upon A Time

Monday brings an opportunity to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.

It was cold the past week—9 degrees F. (-12.7 C.) one morning—and naturally the garden took it pretty hard to learn it really is winter. Helleborus had begun blooming in time to incorporate into my Monday vase last week, but I was unable to collect fresh ones this time. They looked limp and it seemed best not to disturb them. Fortunately I was able to reuse a couple from last week’s vase for today.

I looked in vain for anything else blooming. Instead I cut some Daphne odora branches filled with tightly closed, yet colorful, dark pink buds. Its variegated foliage looked surprisingly fresh and bright.

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)

For color, charm and sheer nostalgia I selected my daughter’s small Peter Rabbit cup to hold today’s arrangement. Once upon a time she used this little Wedgwood mug at every meal.

Peter Rabbit Cup, England

Peter Rabbit Cup, England

The teacup design on the napkin underneath was chosen for the way it echoes the colors of the fresh materials and the Beatrix Potter characters. A few sprigs of dark green cypress foliage were included for extra texture.

Peter Rabbit Cup, England

Peter Rabbit Cup, England

Materials List

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Cypress, species unknown

Now run along and don’t get into any mischief

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)

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.

33 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Once Upon A Time

  1. Christina

    I envy you the Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’, it will smell wonderful as the flowers open. your Hellebores have lasted really well from last week, which I wouldn’t have expected. Your charming posy is enhanced by the pretty Peter Rabbit cup, your daughter must have been a very careful child for you to still have it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Christina, I was surprised also that the hellebores lasted so well. It would be nice for the Daphne to open. Happily the Peter Rabbit cup survived, but the little plate fell victim right away. There also was a bowl that lasted through many a morning of oatmeal but it must have eventually broken too.

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  2. Chloris

    How lovely. I love Daphne odora ‘ Aureomarginata. Mine has plump pink buds too but I don’ think I can bring myself to pick it. It is quite slow growing.
    Your arrangement is so pretty and perfect in the Peter Rabbit cup.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Chloris. I can understand your reluctance to cut your Daphne. We have three growing together in front of our house that needed a little shaping. I find them hard to use in an arrangement though at this unopened stage because of the way they branch.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kimberly. Hope you come across your Peter Rabbit set one day. If your house is anything like mine, the dishes are probably in a very safe place, if you can just remember where that is!

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  3. Cathy

    Your hellebores still look lovely – I meant to say last week how pretty your header is too. I love Daphne, but none seem to be hardy enough in my garden. Yours has just the right shade of pink to go with the baby rabbits’ cloaks!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for noticing the header Cathy–thought it was about time to give it an update. I first learned about Daphne from a newspaper gardening column years ago. The author warned they were very persnickety but so far so good, they’ve done well here.

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  4. Donna@GardensEyeView

    Absolutely perfect…charming, sweet and oh so pretty. Those buds will open and then you will have more blooms…I am waiting on a few indoor bulbs to open here. Love Beatrix Potter so this was a favorite vase!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Donna, glad you like the vase. Hope your bulbs speed things up and open soon for you. I haven’t had much luck with daphne opening indoors but will keep fingers crossed.

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  5. Cathy

    Ah, Peter Rabbit – how lovely! Now that she has daughter of her own, Elder Daughter is vetting the Beatrix Potter stories as she now tells me that there were some she just didn’t like as a child, Like Mrs Tiggywinkle for example. All those times I read it to her – heaven knows the effect it was having! Your cup is charming, of course, but how have you got some hellebores to see out the week? Did you condition them? I was just going to say exactly the same as the other Cathy about the shade of F, M & C’s capes, a perfect match with the hellebores and daphne! These winter vases are a joy, are they not? 🙂 Thanks for sharing

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, what a funny reaction your daughter had to Mrs. Tiggywinkle. I didn’t remember the story so just now looked it up in Wikipedia. Who knows what details are the ones kids will remember. I’m sure it has worried many a mother, but we can just do our best. Her children might very well love the story! It was pleasing to see the Daphne and other plants picking up the colors of the little cup. I’d wanted to use that cup for a long time but this is the first time the materials worked out.

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  6. Julie

    I feel the same as Kris, I love this arrangement and the cup, my youngest daughter had this set as a child, cup, plate and bowl all intact amazingly. Its so creative too Susie, I would not of thought of using the cup but its just perfect with the flowers and napkin too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Julie, thanks so much. It’s fun to know your daughter’s set survived. This week it was a challenge trying to find enough to fill a vase, so I decided to focus more on the container itself. I’d had my eye on this cup for a long time but this is the first time the flowers seemed to match.

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  7. Julie

    My daughter had the same cup Susie and we have just had it out for my 4 year old nephew to use when he visited at Christmas. I love your new header and how did you get your hellebores to last for a week inside? I am amazed! A lovely arrangement and I am very jealous of your daphne.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      So fun to think of your little nephew continuing a tradition with the little cup. The hellebores were just a fluke. Last week one died almost immediately and through all last week another died here and there. Those last two were just unusually hardy ones I guess. They had dropped their stamens and tonight are already fading now. Wish I could share daphne with you. Last year it was damaged quite a bit by cold weather–hoping it will be tougher this year. Have a good week Julie.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Rickii. I adore the little cup and it seems everyone else has fond memories of Peter Rabbit too, so I didn’t need many flowers this cold week.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Stepheny. Glad you like this. It was fun to do and especially meaningful with my daughter in mind. Had a workshop today that was fun too, Crescent Design.

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  8. FlowerAlley

    Such a sweet little arrangement in a teacup. Of course, I would love anything with a rabbit on it. I should start my week picking flowers for a vase. I so love seeing these, especially the tiny ones.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. You’re most welcome to join in and share your Monday vases. Cathy at Rambling in the Garden is the host. Just link to her post by leaving a comment. It’s a great way to begin the week.

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