In A Vase On Monday—Winter Greens

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday-Winter Greens

Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.

There was sunshine yesterday when I gathered a few flowers for today’s vase, but underfoot everything was squishy from many days of rain. Not many blooms were available, even Hellebores have been slow to open.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

While lamenting the limited number of hellebores I noticed nearby some Arum italicum looking very healthy. Its strongly patterned, glossy green foliage, along with a stalk of Euphorbia ‘Shorty’ and several stems of Spiraea, became the emphasis for this week’s arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday--Winter Green

In A Vase On Monday–Winter Greens

I supplemented the foliage with two white anemones that had survived the cold, wet weather, plus a single purplish-blue ‘Mr. Fokker’ in bud.

Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

Several branches of Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ contribute flowers, foliage and fragrance. Completing the arrangement are the last two Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ of the season.

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' and Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ and Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’

 

Materials

Flowers
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Foliage
Arum italicum
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)
Euphorbia ‘Shorty’ (Shorty Spurge)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)

Mechanics
Ikebana holder
Ceramic vase

In A Vase On Monday

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower addiction. It is always interesting and insightful to 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.

In A Vase On Monday--Winter Green

In A Vase On Monday–Winter Green

45 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Winter Greens

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Charlie. It’s amazing to me that any of these plants can persist through the variations of warm and cold they’ve been subjected to this year.

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  1. Christina

    When I read the title I was expecting something quite different; you found lots of beautiful blooms to add to the greenery, it’s really spring-like and cheerful.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina. There were not many of any one type of flower but guess they did add up in the end. Glad I rescued them as we went from mild temperatures down to below freezing last night.

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  2. Julie

    You are blessed with a beautiful natural light in your home Susie and the Daphne stem will be knockout with fragrance! They are a really pricey plant to buy over here, a whole stem for your vase looks wonderfully generous and works really well with your other choices. Lovely!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie, I love the way the house lets in light. Our previous house was so dark that having good light was top on my list when we moved here 14 years ago. Even on a rainy winter day it is pleasant. I discovered Daphne through a newspaper column one year. The writer went on and on about the scent and for good reason. I have three of them planted near the front steps and they really do smell great.

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  3. Noelle

    Such an abundance for this time of year, and I agree with Julie, beautiful light. Your vase will be enjoyed for a few days no doubt, with great fragrance filling the room.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Donna. I don’t recall ever having the grassy areas stay so squishy and wet as this year. The sun is out again today so I’ll try to soak it in.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks John. This is the best year for the winter blooming camellias I’ve experienced, but I think the show is over for Yuletide. I have one other camellia with fattening buds the usually opens in March. Last year a late cold snap ruined it, so hope to see it this year.

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  4. Ann Edwards Photography

    such a lot of blooms which are enhanced nicely by the foliage. Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’ is quite stunning in that close up shot.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Ann. I was surprised to have these flowers for today. I had so much difficulty photographing the flowers this week, but Bride seemed to be the exception.

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  5. Kris P

    It’s truly beautiful, Susie. The flowers are low-key enough to allow the foliage to shine and I love how the understated vase picks up the color of the anemones. Very elegant – but then I’ve come to expect that from you.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Kris, you’re so generous with your comments. Thank you. I felt the sparseness of blooms made each one seem more important this week and more like winter.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Ricki! No snow here but we are alternating unseasonably warm days with bitter cold days. It’s amazing the flowers aren’t completely contorted and confused. There really are very few in bloom right now but at this time of year, even a few can have an impact.

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  6. Cathy

    So elegant with the grren and white of foliage and blooms, with just that hint of pink. Took me a bit to spot the Dr Fokker bud! It’s interesting what you say about the light – good to have had that requirement in your head when you were looking for this house that you are in now.When we built our extension we planned windows similar to the existing but until the sun moves round it can be quite dark in the kitchen in the mornings or on grey days, which is a shame…

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy! Yes, that Mr. Fokker is still not open so it barely warranted a mention, but I love its color most of all of the anemones. This is about the time of year we first visited this house and it was raining. It was still under construction at the time, a spec house, and my husband and I couldn’t get over how bright and cheery it was.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      So kind Stepheny! Thanks. I admit I did fuss with this one a bit, then it took ages to get halfway decent pictures. The garden is a soppy mess right now, so it’s nice to have found these few flowers.

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  7. An Eye For Detail

    I love your Daphne: mine just isn’t very lively. Well, better than last year when the plant seemed close to death, but I kept it and yes, by June it had new leaves! Not too many flowers this year, but it does seem to be on the mend! I just covered up my two hydrangeas for the cold tonight: I am determined to have some flowers this summer on those bushes!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, last year was terrible for my daphne also Libby. The cold turned it all brown. This year it has done much better. Smart to protect the hydrangeas–another cold night in store.

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  8. Cathy

    I can imagine how your garden looks from this vase – just waiting to burst into spring I think! The foliage is gorgeous and works so well with just a handful of flowers and the splash of red from the Camellia.

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  9. Cath

    I think it’s a lovely balance of flowers and foliage, just right. It looks like you planned it that way. I envy your Daphne, I can never keep it alive for more than a year. There is a new one from Mark Jury called ‘Perfume Princess’ which I will probably try, I think it’s more robust.

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  10. Hannah

    You have so many lovely flowers, I can’t find any outdoors now. I wish my Yuletide would bloom, I actually found 2 buds this year but I don’t know if I can still hope. Yours is gorgeous with the white anemones and hellebores, and lovely green of the Euphorbia, Susie.

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  11. Chloris

    What a stunning arrangement Susie. The Daphne must smell wonderful . I can’ t bring myself to cut any for the house, which is silly because it would be good to enjoy the amazing fragrance as I sit in my chair. I love your Yuletide. Camellia.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks so much Beth! Wow, a foot of snow is rare around these parts. Hope you’re a snow lover. We’re suddenly very cold again here. Terribly confusing message for the plants.

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