In A Vase On Monday – Purple Confection

In A Vase On Monday – Purple Confection

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens.

For weeks flowers from Hyacinth Sunrise Mix, newly planted this year, have been delightful. Last week I tried to use several hyacinths in an arrangement but the stems shredded apart. Determined to try again, I placed three quickly and firmly into a floral pin. With no rearranging and fussing this time the hyacinths stood fine, a lilac-colored one and two soft pale yellows.

Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’ was the first flower collected for today’s vase but there was not enough to feature. Just mere wisps in the vase, its presence is enough to highlight the color of the lilac hyacinth.

In A Vase On Monday – Purple Confection

The first flowers of Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ opened this past week. Placed low and off-center it makes a perfect focal flower to accompany the hyacinths.

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and newly opened Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ reiterate the purple hue of the clematis, and are placed to add height and width to the design.

Freshly emerging, new leaves of Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) are tucked around the base of the container and Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft) add a bright pop of white.

In A Vase On Monday – Purple Confection

This arrangement was designed to be viewed from the front but even from the back the appealing textures and colors of the April garden shine through.

Purple Confection – Back View



Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Hyacinth Sunrise Mix
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’ (Woodland phlox)
Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ (Hardy Sage, Meadow sage)
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Blue ceramic vase
3-inch florist’s frog

Here is one more look from the front.

Purple Confection – Back View

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 gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

39 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Purple Confection

  1. Nomads By Nature

    I’m in love with this arrangement. You did each bloom complete justice individually and as a whole group; a gorgeous definition of spring. I can imagine how delicious it smells too with the hyacinth!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I appreciate your comment. I like my arrangements best that achieve that very thing. The hyacinths are heavily fragrant, slightly spicy.

  2. Cathy

    I like the way the shades reflect and complement each other with Mr Fokker and the clematis being the focus of attention despite the hyacinth being the starting point. I am sure I have asked before, but how long do you expect the clematis to last in a vase? Thanks for sharing

  3. Christina

    I knew you wouldn’t be beaten by the Hyacinths Susie! I love how the colours work together to help the blooms stay separate in the arrangement, I have to admit I almost like the back view more than the front.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You know, I think those hyacinths last week were waterlogged from some heavy rains the day before, making them particularly vulnerable. Glad I conquered them this week!

  4. Kris P

    I LOVE this color mix, Susie. That Clematis bloom, echoed by the purplish blue of the Anemones, is perfect. You have me re-thinking Hyacinths too – they wouldn’t do well in the garden here but perhaps I shall try forcing some to bloom in the house next year.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. If everything in my garden were blues and purples I’d be happy a long time. Rediscovered hyacinths 3-4 years ago and have enjoyed them immensely. Forcing indoors would be good where you live. I notice on some of our warmer days, the heat gets to them.

  5. Alison C

    I love all the blues and the varied flowers. So many wonderful flowers in close up view. And perseverance paid off! Different flowers do need different treatments, there is a lot to learn but also new ways to find.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Assembling vases each week has been a great learning experience for learning about properties of different flowers. I love those blues also. Have a good week.

  6. Cathy

    When I saw your title and first picture I immediately thought of vanilla and chocolate! A delicious mix of purple and cream – your garden must look pretty right now!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yum! The hyacinths were a great investment last fall. Unfortunately I was unable to get them all planted, but I am learning (or relearning) how valuable bulbs can be for early color).

  7. Julie@peonies&posies

    What a great choice of flowers you have in your garden Susie – I particularly love Mr Fokker – such a fabulous colour – mine are just starting to flower. My hyacinths have almost all gone over – it has been quite warm for April and there has been a drying wind which hasn’t helped the flowers.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I look forward to seeing Mr Fokker appear in one of your vases soon Julie. The color delights me and I wish I could get a new patch to grow. Have a wonderful week.

  8. Beth @ PlantPostings

    I love the simplicity of this! And there’s something about ceramic vases. Over time, I’m adding more and more ceramic vases and pots to my collection. They’re so warm and full of personality. Lovely.

  9. Cathy

    Blue/purple are always a knock-out – as are your vases! I’m intrigued by the idea that you might have Clematis jackmanii and Salvia flowering at the same time as hyacinths – it would never happen here! I love the silhouettes of those darling little anemones.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy! In February we set records for 3 80-degree F. days in a row, followed by a cold snap that damaged my hydrangeas. It’s been interesting to see what opened early and what held back. The natives seem to be a bit more cautious.

  10. P&B

    You know, your flower arrangements are exceptional. I never thought that Clematis can be used as a cut flower but it certainly can from your arrangement.


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