In A Vase On Monday – Eucalyptus and Yellow

In A Vase On Monday - Eucalyptus and Yellow

In A Vase On Monday – Eucalyptus and Yellow

I planned ahead this week in order to join Cathy with In A Vase On Monday. Though this is an opportunity to share an arrangement using materials collected from the garden, for today I assembled a design on Friday using remnants of packaged bouquets I was given.

There were two bouquets actually and I arranged deep red Gerbera daisies from one along with branches of gardenia foliage from the garden for a full and richly colored vase.  Additional yellow and orange gerberas from the second bouquet added light and movement, but you have to take my word for it. Before I could photograph them the next day the daises had wilted and drooped leaving behind a couple of bright yellow spray mums to carry on alone.

In A Vase On Monday - Eucalyptus and Yellow

In A Vase On Monday – Eucalyptus and Yellow

It was disappointing to lose the gerberas but feeling over-saturated anyway from all the red of holiday decorations and from my own heavy reliance recently on red Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ in Monday vases, the forced shift in color is welcome.

There were more Yuletide blossoms available, but I find today’s yellow palette crisp and refreshing for a winter’s day.

In A Vase On Monday - Eucalyptus and Yellow

In A Vase On Monday – Eucalyptus and Yellow

Selections of Eucalyptus leaves and bear grass trimmings taken from the florist packages emphasize shape and line. A lemon reinforces the color.

In A Vase On Monday - Eucalyptus and Yellow

In A Vase On Monday – Eucalyptus and Yellow

Materials

Flowers
Chrysanthemum (Spray Mums, Button-yellow)
Eucalyptus
Xerophyllum tenax (Bear-grass)
Porcelain Ikebana vase. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)

In A Vase On Monday - Eucalyptus and Yellow

In A Vase On Monday – Eucalyptus and Yellow

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their winter gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

 

 

39 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Eucalyptus and Yellow

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You should give it a try. As usual, mine didn’t turn out as expected from the picture in my mind’s eye, but the yellow’s cheeriness was rewarding.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks. The bear grass was a little past its prime so I trimmed it and used the leftovers. I like it best when it’s long and curves naturally–adds a little dance to any design.

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  1. Brian Skeys

    Your arrangements often have that element of ikebana about them. To do simplicity well is a skill, i love this arrangement, the placing of the lemon just adds another dimension to it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for the kind comments Brian. I’ve had a dozen lemons in a bowl during the holidays and it just seemed appropriate to reach for one to go along with this vase.

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  2. Eliza Waters

    Very nice – I love the design, Susie. I went to a Japanese block print exhibit at the Clark Institute yesterday and there was a lovely book on Ikebana in the museum shop. Made me want to attempt an arrangement or two!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The print show sounds nice. I’m not familiar with Clark but will check it out. I don’t pretend to know the rules of Ikebana but have seen several demonstrations and find I do find it fascinating. If you have a little pin holder it makes the work go more easily.

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      1. Eliza Waters

        I do have vintage pin holders, one of which I used last summer for Cathy’s ikebana challenge. Also, my son gave me a little pottery ikebana container for Xmas – I expect it will show up IAVOM sometime. 🙂

  3. Cathy

    I agree, refreshing is the right word and with the lemon to enforce the yellow it really makes me think of spring! (Sigh)
    I love the blue vase you have used today too. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy, the blue vase is one of those purchases I do not regret. It’s so versatile. Yes, spring is in my mind too. We’ll have 70 degrees F. (21 C.) in a couple of days!

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  4. Kris P

    I’m sorry you lost the gerberas but the simplicity of the yellow mums with the Eucalyptus foliage is appealing. I love the lemon as accent too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. That gray-green of eucalyptus is a color I favor–seems to work with every color. I rarely have gerberas since I’ve not had any luck growing them and rarely buy cut flowers. The red was a rich wine color that was just sumptuous, but the yellow worked out too.

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  5. Annette

    A lot of people don’t like yellow, haven’t a clue why as it certainly lifts the spirits especially when it is celebrated and arranged so beautifully by someone as gifted as yourself, Susie. Have a good week and thanks for the bit of sunshine 🙂

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