In A Vase On Monday – Flowers For The House

In A Vase On Monday - Flowers For The House

In A Vase On Monday – Flowers For The House

Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.

Both Camellia sasanquas are blooming now at the northeast corner of our home. Red ‘Yuletide’ began flowering about 5 days ago, joining the pinky-white ‘Hana-Jiman’ which had a three-week head start.

In A Vase On Monday - Flowers For The House

In A Vase On Monday – Flowers For The House

As weathermen predicted, yesterday, Sunday, November 13, 2016, brought our first freeze of the season. The temperature dipped to about 25°F. but it quickly warmed up. As a precaution I had gathered some of the tender camellias late Saturday and conditioned them in water to use in today’s vase.

For a couple of years now I have tried to find a way to use in a Monday vase this ceramic bird house, a gift from a dear long-ago neighbor.

In A Vase On Monday - Flowers For The House

In A Vase On Monday – Flowers For The House

As an experiment I simply began inserting the stems into openings in the top and front of the house, then allowed a few more blossoms to wrap around and past the side.

In A Vase On Monday - Flowers For The House

In A Vase On Monday – Flowers For The House

A scarlet pelargonium rescued from the impending cold sits with the little bird at the peak of the roof.

Pelargonium Cluster Atop The House

Pelargonium Cluster Atop The House

To the left a couple of spilled petals help balance the composition. A stem of tight camellia buds and greenery complete this week’s arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday - Flowers For The House

In A Vase On Monday – Flowers For The House

I really like the way this ephemeral design turned out. For a longer-lasting display I would insert stems into plastic water tubes, but since I did not have enough, I just decided to enjoy it for the moment.

Pelargonium Cluster Atop The House

Pelargonium Cluster Atop The House

Materials

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Pelargonium (Geranium)
Ceramic bird house

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday. Feel free to join in.

46 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Flowers For The House

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Later I put the flowers in vases of water. Before taking this apart I kept it for about three hours without any wilting, but see Marian’s comment for a better tip.

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  1. Marian St.Clair

    What a wonderful way to arrange your camellia blooms. That bird house is adorable! Do you know that you can push a grape over the end of a camellia stem to keep it fresh for a day or two?

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  2. Cathy

    I love your little bird house – it’s really sweet! A lovely arrangement and a lovely idea to just enjoy the flowers for the moment. Marian’s tip is useful. I wonder if a little piece of oasis would also work.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I adore that little bird on top of the house. The oasis might be worth a try also. The grape idea is something I’d never have thought of. We all seem to have seen frost finally this week.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Linda, the shrubs are loaded with buds so I am hoping to have camellias for a few more weeks. Keep wanting to add more to the garden to extend the flowering time.

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  3. theshrubqueen

    A beauty using my all time favorite Camellia, Yuletide! I hope they hang around for a while for your enjoyment. The birdhouse makes a puzzle for a flower arrangement, I think you solved it.

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  4. Cathy

    Oh I am so pleased you were able to put your creative idea into action, Susie – it works so well with the red and white camellias (and you have reminded that I still have pelargonium flowering but have moved them into the sitooterie – maybe another week…). And we have all learned something new from the grape suggestion!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, I love the idea of using grapes to keep the stems fresh. Marian is coming to town tomorrow to speak at a local garden club so I’ll get to thank her in person for the tip. Will be fun to meet her.

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  5. Kris Peterson

    It’s a charming arrangement, Susie, temporary or not. My own Camellia sasanqua are struggling as well, albeit with heat rather than frost – with gardens, we all have our challenges!

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  6. Chloris

    Susie, your arrangements are always so creative. I love this. Yuletide is a beauty. My first Camellia sasanqua is in bloom but it is pink and not as striking as your lovely Yuletide.

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  7. Julie@peonies&posies

    Fabulous Susie! I love camellias so much but they can be difficult to use in a vase – showing them off like this works so well & I love the birdhouse. You are very imaginative with your work. I hope you are managing to keep cosy in the chilly temperatures. xx

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  8. P&B

    Beautiful!. Using a bird house for flower arrangement…really clever. l love the way you trail the camellias down to the base and along the side of the bird house.

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