In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

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

My husband and I attended an annual reunion of first cousins over the weekend and it is always a treat to get together with these special family members. Among those present were my three sisters, one of whom surprised me with a large green, urn-shaped vase she had discovered at a thrift shop. Thanks Judy! What a treat it is to have this November gift as inspiration today.

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

There were many more flowers than I had expected, nature’s own November gifts. Although the weather continues to be quite dry, the nights are cool and days are comfortably warm—no freeze yet this fall.

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) and Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ enjoy these conditions and are blooming freely.

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

First appearing by mid-October, Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ was featured several weeks ago is now in full bloom. Unexpectedly I noticed this week the red Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ is already coming into flower.

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

The passalong Button Chrysanthemum from my garden mentor Virgie has been a fall staple now for several decades. It always wants to rotate toward the back in any arrangement, but eventually I convinced it to cooperate, more or less.

Begonias planted in containers at the front porch did well all summer and continue to thrive. A few Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) have emerged.

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

Achillea foliage drapes along the rim of the vase. A plug of freshly emerged Lamb’s Ear adds color and textural contrast, as does a stem of Eucalyptus. I do not grow Eucalyptus but had some on hand (from last week’s book club arrangements).

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

 

Materials

Flowers
Begonia
Button Chrysanthemum
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Foliage
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Eucalyptus
Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear)

Container
Large green vase

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

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.

35 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

  1. Linda from Each Little World

    Lovely vase and I am sure you had a lovely visit with everyone. I have not gotten together with my first cousins since 2010 when we had gatherings on both sides of my family. We are scattered all over the country (as are my siblings) so it is not easy or often that we can all gather. Thanks for reminding me of what a great time I had at my event back then.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It does get harder to get everyone back together every year, but always seems so worth it. Hope your family can reconnect soon too Linda. The trick for us is that one organizing person who takes the initiative to set the date and host.

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  2. Cathy

    Yes, such an intriguing vase and tall enough for single stems in the outer part to stand upright which can be a problem for other vases with ‘holes’ in like this. There is something warm and fuzzy about your vase today (I think it must be the chrysanthemums and the way their centres relate to the camellias) – it just has a really friendly feeling to it, as I imagine your first cousins reunion did. Thanks for sharing

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I tried several kinds of stems inserted into the outer holes, but they ended up rather awkwardly posed, so I had to remove them. It will fun to “get to know” this vase. The softness of the colors may also have something to do with your reaction to the vase, like a baby blanket.

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  3. Annette

    The perfect gift for a talented flower arranger like yourself and you’ve filled it with a selection of beautiful treasures. I especially love the chrysanthemum.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for your kindness Annette. Seeing this chrysanthemum each year brings back wonderful memories of the sweet woman who shared it with me so many years ago.

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      1. Annette

        True, I’m very fond of plant gifts too as they not only serve as a memory of a person that was/is dear but sometimes of happy days in one’s life.

  4. theshrubqueen

    Amazing the combination this first week of November! And a Cleome. Go figure. Love the color combination with the green vase. What a cool vase – I love the thrift store finds and you have a stellar sister.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      My sister is wonderful and she certainly found a bargain with this vase. The vase is so large I didn’t know if there’d be enough in the garden to fill it, so surprises all around.

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  5. Kris P

    That is a unique and wonderful vase from a sister who clearly knows you well, Susie. And, of course, you made the most of it. I do love those pretty chrysanthemums.

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  6. Cathy

    I really love this arrangement Susie – and love love love that vase! The small Chrysanthemum flowers are pretty, and the Camellia flowers are a great focal point. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Alison, I’m looking forward to trying this vase again. Now I’ve seen your chrysanthemums I’m thinking I should opt for some larger flowered ones as well.

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  7. Cathy

    Super vase, both in shape and colour. Thanks for letting us have a look at it empty and filled. The first impression of the arrangement was spring – so special at the beginning of November. I think it was the soft yellow of that pretty chrysanth that did it. The achillea foliage is just right too, You are very talented, Susie – just the right recipient for a great vase

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