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.
This week we had a very minor ice storm, lots of rain and even a day of sunshine. There are very few choices for winter blooms in my January garden, making it difficult to come up with anything new for a Monday vase.
Although Hellebores have been used in my first two vases this month I clipped four more (all that were open) to use again this week.
For further inspiration I looked indoors where a few pots of cyclamen have been blooming for several weeks and a Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ has recently begun to flower as well. I chose two bright red cyclamens, but left the begonia blossom intact, collecting the leaves instead.
‘Erythrophylla’ leaves are bright, shiny green in front, but flipped over they reveal a beautiful red underside. Their contrasting white veins are also flecked with red, reminiscent of red speckles inside the hellebores.
For a vase I used the shallow, ceramic leaf-shaped dish. The three holes in the top were just right size to hold the various stems snugly in place.
I positioned the three leaves first, with the back one directly opposite the ceramic leaf of the vase itself. Next beginning in back I established a line of pink hellebores curving right to left. The pair of cyclamen flowers complete the arrangement for today.
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ (Beefsteak Begonia)