Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.
Indoors over the holidays I used a grouping of red and white cyclamen houseplants to decorate the fireplace. The plants also provided many cut flowers for small vase arrangements, including a previous Monday vase. Cyclamen age slowly and gracefully, providing interest along each stage of their life cycle, so even as they are fading they continue to be valuable.
Meanwhile, outdoors during the past 4-6 weeks the foliage of Anemone coronary emerged and soon there were 5 or 6 white flowers from ‘Bride.’ This week my favorite, ‘Mr. Fokker,’ has produced 2 flowers, one of which opened in time to include in today’s vase. I thought its deep bluish purple would pair dramatically with the darkening red cyclamen.
I used a small pewter vase to hold the flowers, tucking in a few sprigs of lime green Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ and a heart-shaped leaf from the cyclamen.
Two companion containers hold more cyclamen, one is filled with red blooms and the other with white. The blue pots reinforce the color of the single anemone and give it more importance.
I like the strong, rich hues of the red and purple contrasted with the cluster of pure white.
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.