Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.
Yesterday was a lovely day to explore the garden and gather materials for a vase. This weekend the weather was ideal and foliage in our area is vibrant in hues of red, orange and golden.
On the north side of the house pure white Gardenias continue to scent the air, crinkly pink and white Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ begins its second week of blooms and several eager red Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ flowers are off to an early start.
For this week’s arrangement I lined a colorful multi-stemmed vase with delicate blossoms from these three flowering shrubs and punctuated them with a few sprigs of ‘Black and Blue’ Salvia. For display I placed the container upon a bright red tray.
I also used a small hourglass-shaped vase to feature several of the more perfect flowers.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
There were many more of the Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ available than I used, but they are a favorite of ants this year. It was a tricky locating some flowers that the ants had not yet visited.
Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday and feel free to join in.
Very pretty! I particularly love the last vase with the trio of flowers.
Alas I lost my gardenia this winter despite my best efforts to protect it from frosts and the cold by having it in a sheltered position.
Thanks! Oh, sorry you lost your gardenia to cold–they are borderline hardy so I know they can be at risk. My passalongs have done better than the named ones.
Really sweet, and your pictures show the beauty of the blooms.
Thanks Noelle. Luckily I was able to catch some good light for these photos.
Beautiful blooms here. I love the camellias and the gardenias look gorgeous. Such texture to the velvety petals.
Hi Sam, thanks for commenting. I admire the texture of the petals on these blooms also–seems luxurious.
Oh my! I saw the pink and white bloom in the first picture and was hooked – gorgeous! But then the perfection of the white camellia too…stunning! And your lovely multi-stemmed vase again – so good to see this along with your blooms. Thanks for sharing
The multi-stemmed vase is useful to have and makes for a quick arrangement. The white flower is actually gardenia, but you’re on to something. I’ve been coveting a white camellia.
Silly me – I must have been blinded by the gorgeousness of the photos and missed that in the text!
Your multi-stemmed vase is a wonder, the perfect solution to a bouquet of short-stemmed flowers. I am green with envy over the Yuletide bloom, my 16 year old shrub hasn’t suceeded in blooming here, perhaps it is the location, but neighbor Apple Blossom is blooming. I did see one bud on Yuletide so maybe it will succeed. Hana-jiman is the color of Apple Blossom, but more multi-dimensional. The Gardenias are so lovely and I love their fragrance, but have lost so many I don’t have the heart to try again. It is great seeing yours, and the Blue and Black Salvia is sensational with the other colors.
It seems early for Yuletide to be blooming. Good luck with yours. The only thing I can think of is to prune soon after it blooms, other times will result in losing the next year’s flowers. Apple Blossom sounds lovely. The gardenias can be tricky. They were damaged by cold so didn’t bloom much in spring and this is a nice treat to have them now.
We grew both Hana Jiman and Yuletide in our CH garden. I miss them. Beautiful vase this week…as usual.
Thanks John. Yuletide especially seems to be a popular camellia. Reminds me of my childhood.
That wonder vase of yours – beautiful!
Thanks Anca. That vase is so versatile and quick to use.
I’m in love with that Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’, Susie. A few of my own noID Camellias have also made an appearance but our continuing heat is beating them into submission – they’re NOT vase material at the moment. Your seemingly endless supply of perfect gardenia blooms is also amazing.
I feel for you Kris in trying to deal with the heat. ‘Hana-Jiman’ has a very strong scent, almost overpowering, but I like its crinkly leaves.
Beautiful! Those colours, so fresh.
Thanks. Flowers that look so delicate like these are such a treat for this time of year.
Mmmmmm – I can almost smell the perfume from here Susie. Your camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ flowers are just exquisite.
Thanks Anna. That Hana-Jiman camellia has a very strong fragrance.
Lovely collection of vases Susie…wonderful gardenia and camellias.
Thanks Donna. These flowers are so nice to have indoors.
I will give almost anything to get gardenias to grow in my garden, the weather is just a bit to hostile here unfortunately. I love that you included them in your bouquet, the fragrance must be absolutely heavenly.
Gardenias are pretty sensitive to the cold so they didn’t do well in spring. I’m so happy they recovered and are making a nice fall display.
Lovely photography Susie, your arrangement looks as if it were made from china. I would happily give this a home!
Julie, I’d love to drop these flowers by your house! The weather was just right for several days so these blooms were unblemished–not so easy to find usually.
The Camellia and Gardenia flowers are so perfect – not a blemish on them! And your photos really do them justice Susie. Lovely display!
Hi Cathy! Both the gardenias and camellias are among my favorite flowers. It was lucky to catch these looms at their best. It’s raining this morning so they are probably getting battered.
You had me at the gardenia. 🙂
Beautiful Susie, you know how much I love the Gardenias!
Thanks. I’m so surprised they’re still producing, but I think it’s because I pruned them back this summer. Will have to remember that next year.
That last photo reeks of romance…lovely!
Thanks. The soft pink and white set the tone.