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.
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.
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.
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Cypress, species unknown
Now run along and don’t get into any mischief