In A Vase On Monday—Red Tower

In A Vase On Monday - Red Tower

In A Vase On Monday – Red Tower

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

It has been a busy Monday but wanted to prepare a quick vase. Actually I made one last night but could not get decent photographs in the rainy evening light and in the end I was not satisfied with the design.

Floral choices are limited this week so I have to default to another week of red camellias.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ is contentedly blooming in the early days of December. Some recent evenings have been down into the 30s F. but not below freezing, so the flowers have remained fresh.

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

I cut larger branches today and quickly assembled a tall pyramid. The container is a new ceramic ikebana piece from my sister-in-law, who has been visiting for a few days. The vase has 3 integrated ceramic tubes, built-in stem holders which are quite a convenience. Water is added to the base and it flows into each stem for easy watering.

In A Vase On Monday - Red Tower

In A Vase On Monday – Red Tower

Here is a peek at my earlier attempt. I conditioned the materials in a glass and never had time to move them into an actual vase. The surprise in this one is hard to see but toward the back is a single Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower), complemented with a  couple of stems of Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’. Husker Red Penstemon picks up the red Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon). Iris leaves are the final touch, folded over and tucked to create movement.

Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon), Penstemon 'Husker Red',Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower), Iris leaves, Black and Blue salvia

Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon), Penstemon ‘Husker Red’,Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower), Iris leaves, Black and Blue salvia

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 from around the globe are placing In A Vase On Monday.

30 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Red Tower

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Kris, maybe your sasanqua will have a better year next year. I just heard a talk on camellias and one piece of advice is to protect them from wind. Don’t know if that applies to yours but thought I’d pass it on. The iris leaves look so fresh right now I wanted to show them.

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  1. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Gosh, I would keep using the ‘Yuletide’ Camellias, too. They’re amazing! Especially in that tower arrangement. And they’re so festive for the season, too. I’d be happy to have any flowers in December. Winter is finally here and flowers are done, so now I will enjoy yours. 🙂

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  2. Cathy

    I think your vase gives us a taste of what your lovely Camellia must look like in the garden. 🙂 The vase sounds ingenious – your family are so good at finding gifts Susie! I like the folded leaves in your second vase – just seeing fresh lush green leaves is nice!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I was surprised at how fresh the iris leaves are right now. I’ll try to show a picture of the camellia outdoors. So far haven’t been able to get a goo photo of it.

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  3. Christina

    You’re making me wish I had bought ‘Yuletide’, maybe the nursery still has it! The tower is very effective, the vase mechanics sound very clever. You are always very clever with foliage, the folded Iris leaves are perfect.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina. I like the new vase and look forward to experimenting more with it. Yuletide is really not my favorite–just happens to be one I bought before knowing how many other camellias there are available. But this week the flowers look fresher after some nice rains and it certainly is seasonal.

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  4. Chloris

    Fabulous Susie. Every time I see your Yuletide I wish I had one one. They are rather expensive here but I think I may have to invest in one. My pink Camellia sasanqua is quite pretty but this is stunning. The vase is pretty too and how practical.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. Yuletide has its charm. It’s fun to play with leaves and manipulate them into new shapes. I have a book that illustrates many techniques. I should locate the book and practice this winter.

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  5. Annette

    Beautiful, Susie, and doesn’t the contrast to my own vases make you smile too? You so ZEN and me so wild and sort of out of control – isn’t it nice to see this diversity! Have a good week xx

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