In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide And A Practice

In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

Monday brings the chance to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday, where the goal is simply to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.

Sunday morning the garden was coated in frost and the supply of flowers is dwindling quickly. Today’s offering is a simple collection of Sasanqua Camellia ‘Yuletide’ placed in a small blue ceramic vase.

In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

I remember Yuletide camellias floating in a glass dish at many Thanksgiving dinners. This camellia seems early this year. It has been flowering since October 24.

In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide

I wanted to share a second practice vase today, although these flowers did not come from my garden.

Roses, Stock and Eucalyptus

Roses, Stock and Eucalyptus

On an outing with some friends earlier in the week I came across something called the Perfect Arranger.

The device is stainless steel armature with a weighted base that holds flower stems tightly in place without the need for using floral foam.  I bought two sizes of the arrangers (as well as an Ikebana holder and some clippers).

Flower Arranging Tools

Flower Arranging Tools

I was anxious to experiment with my new toys, so when I found 20 long-stemmed roses on sale this weekend for $10, I indulged myself with a rare cut-flower purchase of creamy white roses with apricot-tinged centers, purple stock and eucalyptus.

Apricot-tinged White Rose

Apricot-tinged White Rose

I inserted the larger arranger into a crystal urn and it worked great to hold the flowers snugly in place.

Perfect Arranger

Perfect Arranger

Roses, Stock and Eucalyptus

Roses, Stock and Eucalyptus

Roses, Stock and Eucalyptus - From Above

Roses, Stock and Eucalyptus – From Above

Apricot-tinged White Rose

Apricot-tinged White Rose

Stock and Eucalyptus

Stock and Eucalyptus

Stock

Stock

As always a big thank you to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for organizing and hosting. It is always fun to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

45 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Yuletide And A Practice

  1. Chloris

    I remember loving Yuletide when I saw it on blogs last year. Gorgeous! Your perfect arranger is a brilliant idea and the second arrangement is a delight.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      In general I’m not a fan of mixing red and yellow but Yuletide pulls it off well. I am pleased with the arranger tool and it made a great excuse to treat myself with more flowers.

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  2. Christina

    Yuletide is lovely and is available here, I am very tempted! I like the simplicity of the blue vase but am envious of the ‘perfect arrangers’; I know in theory you can use chicken wire, but it isn’t always so easy to use and I often catch my fingers on the cut wires. A treat of some cut flowers when they are as lovely as yours is nothing to apologise for.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks. You’d enjoy the arranger tool Christina. It worked as promised and I hope it will hold up well. It’s even dishwasher safe, something I don’t expect to ever test! I did have trouble fitting it into some of the first vases I tried, which surprised me, so I won’t be able to use it in every situation.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Linda. Yes, we can always use more vase-related tools. The arranger made it simple and quick to create a design. I’m definitely glad to have discovered them. Hope it holds up.

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  3. Donna@Gardens Eye View

    I do love the color of the Camellia and can see why it is called Yuletide. Love learning more about arranging and seeing your new toys. I will have to look for them. Your experiment was a stunning success. Wonderful Susie!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Donna. Yuletide must bloom somewhere nearer to Christmas where it would mix well with holly, but mine is done by then usually. Yes, new toys are always fun.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Anca. I wish I could say I had grown the stock but I purchased it. Next year I plan to try to grow it though. Nice that you’re still enjoying yours in Nov.

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  4. johnvic8

    I grew Yuletide in my garden in Chapel Hill and loved it. A very prolific bloomer. You can be sure that I am quite partial to your “Perfect Arranger;” I have one I rather like myself.

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  5. Cathy

    The camellias are stunning in the simple blue vase – and what an intriguing contraption you have found. Might see if eBay can come up with one… Thanks for sharing this and your blooms today, Susie

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Than you Cathy–that blue vase is one of my favorites. Good idea to check online for the arranger. I was glad it worked so well, since I bought it in two sizes.

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  6. Kris P

    The “perfect arranger” is just that! I’ll have to look for it. Your Camellias are gorgeous specimens. Mine were finally looking a bit better as our daytime temperatures came down but now the wind is blowing them to pieces.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. I was worried the camellias would all be damaged by the frost but found enough new ones for a small display. You can’t seem to catch a break with your weather.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes that phrase could turn heads. This stock was purchased along with the roses and neither is fragrant. I’m planning to try to grow stock next year. My garden mentor used to always have it in her garden and I don’t know why I haven’t thought to try it myself.

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  7. Hannah

    I am admiring your lovely Yuletide flowers. I got Yuletide and Apple Blossom camellias 16 years ago, and AB has been blooming several years but Yuletide is a hold-out, though I thought I could see one bud on it this year. The perfect arranger did such a good job, the lovely flowers are held out all separate and make a fancy florist’s style arrangement, Susie.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Hannah. I think a benefit of that arranger is exactly what you mentioned. It makes it easier to separate the flowers and achieve an airier arrangement. I have my fingers crossed your Yuletide will surprise you this year.

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  8. Julie

    Your Yuletide camellia is on my wishlist Susie – I said last week that I must get some early flowering camellia and your vase has confirmed it! I will be looking out for one or two before Christmas. I have the large and small Perfect Arrangers too! I bought them at Chelsea a few years ago. I have to admit that I have not used them this year – I really must go and dig them out again.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie, hope you find a perfect specimen of Yuletide. Mine has been reliable and requires no care. Interesting you also have the arrangers. Perhaps mine will also end up in drawer somewhere eventually, but for now I really like it.

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  9. Cathy

    The Camellias are so pretty. Sigh….. Can’t grow them in my garden I’m afraid. I am intrigued by your new arranger gadget and must scour the internet as I need something like that – many of my vases have such wide openings and I find I am filling them with extra ‘bulk’ or foliage just to get things to stand up! Thanks for sharing Susie!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Your arrangements always look so nice Cathy, but I know what you mean about using the foliage to help hold things in place. That can be a good technique too but I found this arranger widget saved a lot of time.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Annette. You can probably find the arranger or something similar online. I picked these up at a non-profit garden shop run by a garden council.

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      1. AnnetteM

        Actually I have already looked and can’t see anything that looks so good over her in the UK. Shame – they would have been good Christmas presents.

      2. AnnetteM

        Wow – I’m impressed that you found it as I had spent quite a lot of time looking already. Thank you so much – I have bookmarked it and put it on my Christmas list.

  10. Eliza Waters

    Do your camellias flower for Christmas or will they be gone by in Dec? What a perfect name for them. Your photos of both vases show beautiful details. The roses are lovely – can’t beat that price. I was told that there is an abundance of Columbian roses on the market as they cut them back now so they will yield for Valentine’s Day – definitely La Dia de Rosa!
    Nifty arrangers you picked up and clearly they work perfectly!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Eliza, Yuletide usually still has a few blooms in the first part of January. I read the same thing about those Columbian roses–getting ready for Valentine’s.

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  11. Ann @ Ann Edwards Photography

    such a pretty Camelia and the colour works so well against the blue vase. I have never seen the Perfect Arrangers before, but think I might add them to my Christmas list!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Ann. That blue vase seems to work with many different colors of flowers. The arrangers seem to have touched everyone. I did find it easy to use. Hope Santa reads your wish list.

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