As the week begins I join Cathy with In A Vase On Monday, an opportunity to share an arrangement using materials collected from the garden.
Freezing rain overnight left Saturday’s morning glazed in ice. It melted quickly and Sunday’s temperatures rose to 70 F. I took advantage of the mild day to complete the long overdue task of planting 5 new camellias purchased at last month’s garden club meeting. And I added 12 more snapdragons to the meditation circle—not quite enough to go around.
Before heavy rains could move in on Sunday afternoon, I searched the garden high and low for flowers and there was only one choice. Since mid-November Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ has been the mainstay of my Monday arrangements. Many of its blossoms had been darkened by the cold, but I was able to gather a few fresh ones to include in this week’s penultimate vase of 2016.
The starting point for the arrangement is Arum italicum, which has been beautiful this fall. The plant’s leaf shape and surface pattern create a perfect foliage feature for floral designs. I placed the arum mostly to the left and back.
On the right I inserted a pale-green hydrangea cluster that has been drying indoors for most of the summer.
Lastly, the camellias were added as focal flowers. The vase is the new Ikebana one I used several weeks ago.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
It is always such a pleasure to put together a weekly vase. Thanks to Cathy for hosting and giving us a 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.