In A Vase On Monday—Rescues Ahead Of The Cold

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘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.

With the forecast promising Sunday night would be quite cold with lows in the upper 20s, rescuing a few camellias yesterday morning became my priority for today. I ended up with camellias all over the house, so will share three simple arrangements using ‘Yuletide’ and ‘Hana-Jiman.’

Companions to the camellias are deliberately chosen oddballs—a sprig of lemon thyme, a stem of fern-leaf yarrow and the last few brightly-colored Profusion Fire Zinnias.

Zinnia 'Profusion Fire'

Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’

Vase 1: This shallow green-glazed container in the shape of a leaf has 3 holes to insert short-stemmed flowers, perfect for Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ and pink yarrow.

Camellia sasanqua 'Hana-Jiman' and Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ and Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

Camellia sasanqua 'Hana-Jiman' and Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ and Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

Vase 2: Profusion Fire Zinnias, lemon thyme and Yuletide camellias. This small, very heavy, black Ikebana container is a recent purchase. It has a floral pin integrated into its base and measures about 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm) in diameter.

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Vase 3: Three tall branches of Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ placed in a rustic matte-glazed container illustrate how prolific the blooms are this year on this camellia. My husband really liked the photos of this third vase with the stones and since today is his birthday, these are for him.

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

 

Materials

Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Thyme
Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’
White sea glass
Black stones
Small black Ikebana container with pin

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.

28 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Rescues Ahead Of The Cold

  1. Christina

    I love all the vases today and you are certainly making me wish I had bought a Camellia as I had promised myself to do! I love that new vase too, stunning. A very happy birthday from me to your husband.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina, I passed along your good wishes to D. Hope you’ll find just the right camellia for you sometime. I’d hoped to add some more camellias this fall (white ones) but will have to hurry. Camellias make an instant vase–no arranging necessary really.

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  2. Donna@Gardens Eye View

    Fabulous vases Susie…I love that unique leaf container….I am busily cutting and preserving a few things for future vases as the cold is descending here too…Happy Birthday to your husband…he has a good eye.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      My sister gave me that leaf vase a couple of years ago. It’s perfect for short-stemmed things or things that are hard to get to stand up or face the right way. I’ll pass along your birthday wishes. Thanks Donna.

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  3. johnvic8

    Well done, Susie. I wish I had had the foresight to anticipate the frost last night…too much football on a sunny, Sunday afternoon. Now, most everything was damaged overnight.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That’s too bad John. Hope your favorite teams won at least. Don’t think it got as cold here as predicted. My camellias didn’t look too bad this morning from afar. Haven’t had a chance to inspect them closely.

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  4. Julie

    All beautiful vases Susie, we have had our first harsh frost here too, I rescued some Calendula but not enough to be creative. Your home must look gorgeous with so many Camellia vases!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie. The house is nice when there are lots of flowers around. I’m even still enjoying the roses and stock from last week which are holding up amazingly well. Seems like many garden bloggers are reporting the cold weather has finally arrived this week.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Winter appears to be showing up everywhere this week Brian. Your rescues were so fresh in your vase. Hope the yuletide camellia will still be blooming at the holidays.

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  5. Kris P

    All 3 vases are wonderful, Susie. I was surprised to see the Camellias and the Zinnias together (it brought to mind Bill Murray exclaiming “cats and dogs living together!”) but it works.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I didn’t remember that line so I found it on YouTube Kris! Camellias do seem more sophisticated and zinnias more ordinary, but they’ve played well.

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  6. Eliza Waters

    I really like your low leaf vase, Susie. As you said, perfect for camellias. Looking at your close-ups, I realized why I find camellias so winning. It’s those golden clusters of stamens, like on single roses, they really stand out!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Ricki, I’ll share your good wishes with my husband. The rocks were an experiement–not what I’d envisioned but it’s ok to try different things anyway, I guess.

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  7. Cathy

    And I too especially like the effect of the stark reds in the simple stone pot with the black and white pebbles/crystals. It looks so seasonal – the jolly brightness contrasted with the cold black and white… But thanks for sharing ALL your vases today, Susie!

    Reply
    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The rocks were fun to try. I’ve been relying on the camellias for a few weeks now so wanted to make them a little unusual today. Thanks for hosting and enjoy the rest of your trip.

      Reply
    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Beth. There still are plenty of buds so I’m hoping they didn’t freeze and will continue to open. Don’t think they’d like your Wisconsin winters. We’re zone 7b and camellias are rather borderline here, but everyone grows them.

      Reply
  8. Cathy

    All three are beautiful Susie, but that first arrangement in your leaf vase is my favourite – simply stunning! I wonder if you had a freeze. Glad you could save the last zinnias. 🙂

    Reply
    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, it did freeze and last night was even colder. There’s a heavy frost on the garden this morning, but I think it will be milder the rest of the week. The leaf vase was a gift that I love to use. Makes a quick display. Have a great week Cathy!

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  9. Hannah

    I’m so in awe of all of your Yuletide flowers, Susie. I’ve been growing one for 16 years, along with Apple Blossom, and this is AB’s best year of flowers ever, but Yuletide still doesn’t bloom, planted 5 feet away and getting taller every year. I’m perplexed. I especially like Yuletide in the black Ikebana vase with the zinnias, the black really accentuates the bright red, and the crown-like burst of golden stamens. The leaf vase is wonderful, I love decorative items with leaves and twigs.

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