In A Vase On Monday – Felicity

In A Vase On Monday – Felicity

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

Snapdragons planted in the meditation circle last fall overwintered well and began their colorful spring performance this past week.

Snapdragons in Meditation Circle

 

Snapdragons in Meditation Circle

The flowers are shockingly beautiful this year—blooms of exuberant red, brandishing throats brushed with sunset.

Snapdragons in Meditation Circle

In A Vase On Monday – Felicity

Unopened buds are deep rose.

Snapdragons in Meditation Circle

Two dozen voluptuous stems dropped into a container required little work to arrange.

In A Vase On Monday – Felicity

The true effort came in trying to photograph the red essence of these flowers. Nearly impossible. I ported these flowers upstairs and down, on to front and back porches and I took pictures with them resting on almost every horizontal surface available.

The container is from my collection of five red and black raku pots by North Carolina potter, Charles Chrisco. Chrisco’s literature states that the name of the Japanese art form raku translates to “felicity” or great happiness.

 

In A Vase On Monday – Felicity

Materials

Flowers
Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon)
Vase
Red/black raku vase, Charles Chrisco, Chrisco’s Pottery

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.

41 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Felicity

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Snapdragons are something I’ve come to appreciate in the last couple years. I’ve never grown them from seeds and red is the only color I seem to be able to find in autumn when I get around to planting some.

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  1. Cathy

    Oh how striking! Was your meditation circle full of these last year? The 2 shades work well together and, as you say, don’t need anything other than themeselves to make a successful vase. Thanks for sharing it and making such an effort with your photographs!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, the red in that pot is so strong I don’t often use it for flower arrangements, but in this case I needed something that could stand up to the strong color of the snapdragons.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Wish I’d grown these from seed Marian, but actually I purchased them as plants at Southern States last fall. I don’t have much luck with seeds. None of the sweet william and other seeds I planted last autumn came up.

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  2. Kris P

    You certainly make the most of that meditation circle, Susie – it always looks great! I love snapdragons but they’re perpetual rust magnets here (not to say that keeps me from trying to grow them at periodic intervals).

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. The paths in the circle had lost their definition because the thyme had spread a lot and the thyme didn’t look great all the time, so I pulled out a bunch of it. I’ve been lucky with the snapdragons for the past two years. I pull them out when it gets hot.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Annette. Hope to keep ahead of weeds in the garden this year, well for a couple more weeks anyway. The mulch helps make it look tidy. Glad you like the vase. The potter has a wonderful selection.

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  3. Alison C

    They take me right back to childhood and squeezing the little flowers. A wonderful vase and a gorgeous colour. I don’t know why reds are so difficult to photograph.

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  4. Cath

    Wow, I have never grown snapdragons and had no idea that they are so pretty close up or that they are scented. Thank you for sharing that. I will look out for them.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cath, I hope you can find some to try. I’ve been pretty amazed at how interesting they are up close and they’re showy from a distance.

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  5. Cathy

    Stunning! The combination of those flowers and the vase make a fabulous statement – ‘Look at me!’ The circle looks so pretty with them growing there too.

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  6. Cathy

    I didn’t realise that snapdragons could be scented either. The pairing of flowers with vase is just right. I can see that it would be hard to find the right contents for such a striking vase, but these snaps just compliment it – love the little spikey ends of the flower spikes too …

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  7. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Oh, that is a pretty snapdragon! I grew snapdragons for years, but I haven’t had much luck with them recently (probably because that part of the garden is shadier than it used to be). That’s a perfect vase for that beautiful arrangement, too!

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  8. P&B

    Wow! Such a lovely color snapdragon and the Raku pot is also beautiful. The photo came out perfect, the trip up and down the steps and around the house has paid off.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That was a marathon photography session and unfortunately it was just a brute force approach. Not sure I learned how to get better pictures, just finally did. The flowers have aged gracefully and have more color variation near the top.

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