Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.
On Saturday I visited my two sisters in Fayetteville and returned primed for a Monday vase. My sisters grow spectacular Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) in a garden bed near their front walkway. When this past year they had to remove several shrubs from the area, their amaryllis responded to the more open, sunnier situation with a profusion of blooms.
My sisters generously offered the clippers and encouraged me to help myself.
“Oh, yes, thank you. I would love some!”
I chose four tall stalks and smiled all the way home.
These flowers are simply amazing, but creating a floral design and taking photographs that do justice to these beauties has proved challenging. Had I cut them short the Hippeastrum might have been easier to arrange. Maybe later in the week I will experiment, but for now I wanted to keep the stems long so I could use a special, deep vase of clear glass.
I did cut all the stems the same length and used florist’s tape to bind them near the top.
Included with the Hippeasturm is one stem of Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ and two stems of Euphorbia ‘Shorty’ in separate pastel glass vases complete the arrangement.
Euphorbia ‘Shorty’ (Shorty Spurge)
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Because the peonies put up with such excessive rain last week and some still managed to open unharmed, I felt one deserved to be included in the vase today. I am not convinced it contributes to the design.
Without the peony the result felt incomplete. Perhaps some ribbon or burlap tied near the top of the middle vase?
The Hippeastrum and the peony hold their own without the euphorbia.
Eventually I had to stop fussing. Thanks to my sweet sisters, Judy and Cindy, for today’s flowers.