Spring-like temperatures alerted flowers throughout the borders to awaken early this year. Then weekend brought the dreaded below-freezing lows that make farmers and backyard gardeners alike wring their hands. As I looked out Sunday morning, sure enough the neighbor’s saucer magnolia that had seemed primed for loveliness this year instead stood sagging with browned flowers.
In anticipation of joining Cathy at Rambling In The Garden in sharing a Monday vase, I browsed the garden late Sunday morning to gather materials. Surprisingly I found plenty of blooms still looking perky and bright. The ones I collected this week were mostly pink, starting with a winter flowering Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’ that had begun showing color by February 24 and finally opened last week.
I used hellebores last week but these stood out in that each stem had two flowers with very different colors. The top, more recently opened bloom was pink but the lower one had matured toward a striking lime green.
Several branches of native Eastern redbud covered in tight clusters of pink flowers were used to add height, rhythm, and a bit of drama to the arrangement.
Mounds of pure white Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft) are the final ingredient in today’s Monday offering. This is one of my favorite ground covers.
Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’
Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’ (Synonym: Camellia japonica x Camellia saluenensis)
Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
2.5 inch florist’s frog (floral pin holder)
Small black plastic Solo bowl
Black glazed, square ceramic pot base
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.
A lovely arrangement. You obviously have so much more blooming in your garden than I have. .This just ignites my enthusiasm for things to come. Happy Monday.
It’s startling how early things are blooming in NC this year Lisa. I welcome every bit of color.
Coral Delight is a winner! Love the drama and elegance of this vase.
Thanks. The Coral Delight camellia bush itself is looking rather haggard. Guess it could use some serious pruning to restore its vigor.
Oh that redbud is such a perfect addition to the hellebores and camellia – it finishes it off beautifully 🙂 And seeing yours, I realise that cutting one or two of my stems shorter would in fact have complemented the other longer stems and not detracted from them. Something to remember – thank you 🙂
I love the redbud too. Actually cut spirea branches as well but they made the design look too busy. Kept them in a separate vase though of course so can still enjoy them indoors.
Your arrangement is so creative, I had to look twice!
Why thank you so much. This one seemed to create itself. The length of the stems available determined placement for the most part.
I love how you’ve used the height of the red bud and the mass of the Camellia flowers; like Cathy I don’t think I would have thought of doing that.
Thanks. I actually designed this without the redbud at first, just the camellias and hellebores. In the end I’m glad I add the branches–make it more expressive.
An extraordinary arrangement. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks John. This early spring has opened up possibilities for combinations.
Your arrangement shows off all the floral elements beautifully, Susie (something I rarely manage with my stuff-the-vase approach). I love the delicate colors of the hellebores. I’m sorry to hear about the freeze and hope spring reasserts itself soon.
Thanks Kris. The hellebores are becoming some of my favorite plants, both interesting and long-lasting. Spring is stopping back by today. Should be 65 this afternoon, but the air feels chilly. The saucer magnolia is ruined for this year.
A stunning arrangement and your spring garden must be more advanced than ours here. So artistic Susy.
Haven’t had much time for spring cleanup in the garden this year. Spring couldn’t be held back. Has been really lovely but early by 2-3 weeks.
Bravo! The arrangement is just beautiful, singing of Primavera! Do the Redbuds last?
Thanks. Yes, the redbud will keep well.
only one word: gorgeous!!!
My cercis goes by a different name, but looks exactly like yours: C. siliquestrum’ but will take another month to flower.
All your colours are so lovely together.
Thanks so much. I’ll check out your cercis.
This is absolutely stunning Susie! Eastern Redbud must look beautiful in the garden. It really makes this display special. 🙂
Thanks Cathy. Redbuds are opening up all over town and creating quite a nice spring display.
Love, love, love this, Susie! So beautiful in form, color, and composition. Nice Daffodil header photo, too. 🙂
Thanks Eliza. Didn’t have a chance to use daffodils in a vase. They were particularly beautiful this year but now are faded.
They go too quickly!
Ooh, how beautiful. The pink and green hellebore has such gorgeous markings and colour.
Thanks Alison. Hellebores have become a favorite of mine this year. I need to spread more around the garden.
Your arrangements are always so elegant Susie and that colour of that camellia Coral Delight is just beautiful! I was sad to read about your neighbours magnolia – I have a young magnolia tree that is full of fat buds and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is kind to it.
Thank you Julie! Oh, I do hope your magnolia survives any cold snaps. They’re such lovely trees.
What artful perfection!
Thanks Kate! So kind of you. Glad you enjoyed it.
The weather might have been tough on the neighbor’s magnolia but it looks like these blooms made it though perfectly!
This is what grace looks like. This arrangement looks so graceful. I don’t want to add any more potted plants to the garden but your Coral Delight camellia is tempting me.
Such a nice comment Pris. Thank you. Coral Delight is a treat. This year it bloomed before the cold snap. Brief snow this a.m. and cold temps overnight, so the weather is always a concern. You have so many beautiful plants to baby.
I think I missed this last week. This is just a model arrangement in using a limited number of flowers and mixing colors that usually want to fight. I have never seen Redbud flowers and stems used so well. I am going to pay attention this spring and see if there is an occasion where I can try my hand at putting them in an arrangement. Bravo!
Thanks for your kind and generous comment. The redbud is exceptional this year. I guess the weird weather we’ve had provided just the right conditions. The stems held up very well indoors.