Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.
In the garden on Saturday there were several anemones basking in sunlight. Anticipating their usefulness for today’s vase I brought them indoors early to condition.
By Sunday morning violet blue ‘Mr. Fokker’ had opened completely and its white counterpart, ‘The Bride,’ was nearly so.
The poppy-like anemone flowers are not in pristine condition, the weather has been too harsh.
On the other hand Winter daphne, which did not bloom at all last year due to cold weather, has been magnificent this season. A trio of branches form the foundation of today’s arrangement, holding the anemones in place without need for other mechanics. Daphne contributes rich dark green foliage and also delicate clusters of pink buds that turn white upon opening.
A gift from a friend, this Monday’s container is a high-gloss glazed mug from M.L. Owens Pottery, Seagrove, NC, circa 1975-76.
Initially I chose to use the mug because its size (4 inches high by 3.25 inches in diameter) seemed perfect for the amount of materials I had collected. In the end I feel it is the vase’s strong color that completes the arrangement. Vibrant and dramatic, the shiny red is a bold match for the pure hues of the anemones.
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’
Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Glazed red mug (M.L. Owens Pottery, Seagrove, NC, circa 1975-76)