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.
Lovely holiday color themed arrangement. 🙂
Thanks Judy. Hope you have a nice holiday.
A lovely seasonal arrangement. Happy Christmas to you and your family
Thank you Brian. Hope you and yours enjoy a nice Christmas also!
Beautiful, that Hydrangea is an excellent preservation job. I could not figure out how you did that.
Thanks. The hydrangea was in water originally, until over time I forgot to refill it. The texture is very papery but am glad it retained its pale greeness.
I have done that, I think they might dry more beautifully with benign neglect.
This camellia is always goung to be brilliant for a seasonal vase, but the arum and hydrangea seem to have added some fluidity, no doubt due to your intuitive skills. Thanks for sharing and I do hope you make it next week for a ‘full house’ of vases!
Thanks Cathy. Will definitely be thinking about a vase for next week. Yuletide has been generous in its blooms this year, but I’m wishing for springtime flowers to play with.
Hmm, don’t think I am ready to wish away winter’s possibilities, lean though they may be… 😉
What a perfect Christmas red! My Arum italicum is buried under 20 inches of snow so I envy you being able to combine it in a vase with those stunning blooms.
Linda, several of those arum leaves are a couple of weeks old. They last well indoors and I think it really helped to give Yuletide some companions this week.
Thanks for posting these lovely arrangements. Makes a difference in my week. Happy Holidays, all!
So kind of you to comment. I’m glad to be a small part of your week. Enjoy the holidays.
Your camellia is the perfect colour for Christmas and your cheerful and artistic holiday decoration Susie. As always a lovely arrangement, with a nice balance between greens and colour. Have a great week!
Thanks Cathy. I see you’re away visiting this week. Happy Holidays to you.
Your weather appears to be a roller coaster, Susie. Your arrangement reflects your masterful touch with flowers. If I had ‘Yuletide’ in my garden, you can bet I’d be using it all the time, especially at this time of year when it fits the spirit of the holidays so well. Between the rain and the return of the dry Santa Ana winds here, my own Camellia sasanqua just look sad.
Roller coaster is right Kris. Cold and wet today. Sorry your camellia is having a hard time. I’m worried about the new ones I’ve just planted. Hope they’ll have time to adjust and get some root development underway before our weather gets any worse. Happy Holidays to you.
I’m glad you still have something to share with us. As you can see from my scant offering this week, I am down to a precious few. Have a blessed Christmas, Susie.
Even a few fresh blooms are welcome this time of year aren’t they? Happy holidays John.
‘Yuletide’ keeps putting out and you keep coming up with fresh ways to showcase it…love this combo.
I’ ve just got to have that Yuletide. Every time you feature it I drool over it. A stunning arrangement Susie.
Wish I could share Yuletide with you Liz. I appreciate its long bloom time but am a little anxious for something different to work into an arrangement. Have nice holidays.
Beautiful and very festive. The hydrangea is gorgeous.
Thank you Alison. Hydrangeas are so spectacular.
So bold and fresh. Indeed, that hydrangea hardly looks dried at all. Yuletide is a glorious colour and I really love its stamen.
Thank you. I love it when hydrangeas dry and retain their color. Mine don’t always cooperate so well.