In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens. Today marks Cathy’s fourth anniversary of posting and hosting In A Vase On Monday and to celebrate she has challenged participants to create an anniversary contribution in something other than a vase.

I pondered over this task a lot the past few days and finally chose a memento from my daughter’s childhood that I just happened upon yesterday. This blue glazed hand was traced in clay from her own little hand for a very early elementary school project. Hooked onto the bathroom wall, it held her toothbrush for a time when she was a child.

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

My idea for using the hand to hold flowers turned into more of a conceptual piece as time ran out to actually hang it on the wall. Instead I posed blossoms around it and took pictures from above.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Although we had two consecutive nights of temperatures in the upper 20sF. on Sunday I was able to gather quite a few camellias, which I arranged and rearranged.

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

MaterialsFlowers
Begonia
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Container
“Handmade” ceramic art

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

Congratulations and many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting IAVOM with such enthusiasm. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens on this vaseless Monday.

35 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

  1. Chloris

    What a lovely use for your daughter’s hand. I have several pottery ornaments made by my children when they were little and they are so precious. The hand looks lovely with your beautiful camellias. I admire them every year and enjoy them far more than the spring flowering ones. I have Camellia sasanqua but it is not nearly as pretty as your two.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, aren’t those little childhood nuggets so dear. I’m coming to appreciate camellias more and more and in general, am looking to invest in more flowering shrubs. They give so freely and ask so little of the gardener.

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  2. Cathy

    Oh my goodness, this almost made me weep Susie! How adorable to have auch a memento of your daughter’s childhood! A touching way to display your lovely Camellias. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh, so sweet. Thanks Cathy. I can’t help being sentimental and holding on to little special reminders of our daughter’s childhood. Have a good week.

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  3. Cathy

    Yes, it all but brought tears to my eyes too, Susie. What a lovely thing it was for your daughter to have been enabled to create all those years ago, and what a touching use you have made of it today. I really enjoyed seeing the series of photos as you built the arrangement up – we have learned a lot about techniques and materials from you over these 4 years so thank you for that. I too am very taken with these ‘autumn’ flowering techniques that we have seen on your blog and others – so much more attractive than the ubiquitous and limited varieties we see in UK gardens in the early spring

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Well thank you Cathy. Your anniversary challenge made me look at many objects around the house in new ways this week. It was fun incorporating this bit of nostalgia today. One of the nice aspects of blogging in general and IAVOM in particular, is having a chance to learn from each other in such a supportive manner. Enjoy your week!

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  4. Kris P

    Well done, Susie! I love the fact that you’ve held on to your daughter’s art piece and that you made such pretty use of it. It’s much better here than as a toothbrush holder. My own Camellia sasanquas are blooming more heavily now that our weather is cooler (nowhere near the 20s though!) but I wish I had more of a mix of colors as you do.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Kris, thanks so much. I want more and more camellias. After taking them for granted all my life, I have come to love and admire them. I tried leaving a comment on your blog but Blogger seems to be having some issues. Your driftwood project is amazing, so professional! And Rosa ‘Medallion’ is a lovely, sweet color.

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  5. Eliza Waters

    What a sweet memento of your daughter’s childhood – and it’s practical use is quite appealing, not many crafts were more than decorative.
    Your camellias are richly colored – ‘Yuletide’ gets me in the mood for the coming holiday!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Eliza. My husband and I have such a hard time letting go of the many, many childhood notables so it’s rewarding to be able to include one today. Isn’t it hard to believe Yuletide is approaching quickly!

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  6. Julie@peonies&posies

    Such a lovely idea to use such a treasure from your daughters childhood and your camellias are beautiful It will be February at the earliest before I have any camellias to enjoy and even later if we have a hard winter.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie. These fall blooming camellias come just as the rest of the garden is winding down. I have a japonica that blooms early March, but would love to get a few more camellias to fill in the winter months.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Anna. Yuletide seems early this year but actually is just about on time. I tried leaving a comment on your cute Monday vase but Blogger seems to be having a problem.

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  7. Brian Skeys

    We have a lovely little pottery shop near us where our grandchildren love to go to make alsorts of items, hands, feet and gifts for friends. Our daughter even had her dogs paw print made into a small pendant. Your hand is a lovely keepsake.

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  8. Annette

    A most beautiful idea, Susie, and so evocative and touching. You’re so innovative and Yuletide is a beauty which is on my list. Sasanquas grow happily here and don’t mind heat and drought which is a bonus. Have a good week 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Annette. Hope you have a good week too and hope you’re getting some rain by now. We had some last week, but lake levels still have not recovered.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, happy to hear from you. I was still getting tomatoes until the temps dropped here. Should have been more careful to collect them ahead of time.

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