Monday brings an opportunity to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly In A Vase On Monday, where the goal is to fill a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.
It has been years since I had planted hyacinth bulbs and they’ve been fun to watch. What an exuberant kind of flower. I had been reluctant to cut any but with Saturday night’s temperature predicted to drop down into the twenties, there was no better time. Still I chose only three, one ‘Blue Jacket’ and two ‘Woodstock’.
All over town native redbuds are blooming, Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud). Mine popped into flower suddenly Friday, really it seems it just opened without warning. I cut a branch, thinking it might be useful in preparing a Monday vase because the color is similar to ‘Woodstock’ hyacinth.
Also I discovered a newly opened Leucojum from among several my sisters shared with me last March from their garden. Thought I might as well rescue it too and appreciate it at close view.
I placed all the material into water for conditioning overnight, using two vases that were conveniently at hand. When I was ready to arrange the flowers I liked the way they looked with the vases so decided to stick with them. I used a floral pin holder to hold the large, arching branch of redbud, but kept the pin holder out of view by placing the branch behind a vase.
Having such rich colors in bloom is intoxicating. I took dozens and dozens of photos. I played around with the arrangement of the two vases in relation to each other and to the branch, until finally the entire arrangement seemed a bit excessive and over-the-top. Less is more, but this was more and more. I could not stop. Eventually the heavy fragrance of the hyacinths became overpowering and that was that.
Hyacinth orientalis ‘Blue Jacket’
Hyacinth orientalis ‘Woodstock’
Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud)
Leucojum (Giant or Summer Snowflake)
Many 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.