In A Vase On Monday – December Gifts

In A Vase On Monday – December Gifts

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens. December gifts are those special wonders one finds in the landscape this time of year.

Yesterday a friend mentioned some of her hellebores are already full of buds so I though I might find some to feature today. None were available but I did harvest some of the hellebores’ young, tender, pale green foliage, along with some lovely patterned leaves of Arum italicum and a few stems of fresh aquilegia greenery.

In A Vase On Monday – December Gifts

The red and black container is from my collection of five red and black raku pots by North Carolina potter, Charles Chrisco. I inserted a tall drinking glass into the vase to help hold and support the stems without using floral foam.

The foliage took no time to set in place. With the dynamic shape and texture of the arum, the green materials could have stood alone if necessary. There is very little blooming now so the choices were chrysanthemums (fading), Erysimum (scarce), or sasanqua camellias (best potential).

In A Vase On Monday – December Gifts

Many readers have been enamored of this red Yuletide camellia when I have used it in the past. It has been a prolific bloomer this year. The weather has not been too severe yet so many of the flowers were in good condition this morning.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Of the two sasanquas in my garden I favor the more fragrant and delicate looking Hana-Jiman. It blooms earlier though than Yuletide and is nearly finished for another year.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’

The camellias cooperated without much struggle and I was satisfied with the result. I snapped one portrait in the kitchen before moving the arrangement to the foyer to catch the natural light of early morning.

In A Vase On Monday – December Gifts

Materials

Flowers
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Foliage
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Arum italicum
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Container
Red/black raku vase, Charles Chrisco, Chrisco’s Pottery

In A Vase On Monday – December Gifts

In A Vase On Monday – December Gifts

A black and white view is always instructive. This one is from overhead.

In A Vase On Monday – December Gifts

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and encouraging 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.

30 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – December Gifts

  1. Cathy

    Your raku pot is wonderful, so 5 of them must be 5 times more wonderful, Susie, and you couldn’t find a better bloom to complement this one than your ‘Yuletide’. The arum leaves set the shade of red off perfectly and just s Christina says, the result is festive but not overly so. Love it 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. If I hadn’t retired when I did I’m sure I would have picked up a few more raku pots along the way. They’re usually all on display together so when this arrangement is taken apart I’ll try to show you the whole group. I just love Christo’s glazes.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I remember you’ve spoken highly of Yuletides and they certainly are remarkable. Like dogwoods and azaleas around here, camellias are everywhere and many have Yuletide. I remember an enormous one grew in my grandmother’s front yard, like a tree really.

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  2. rickii

    R planted 4 ‘Yuletides’ last year. No sign of blossoms as yet but boy, will I be happy when they show up. You’re right: the Arum foliage could easily stand alone, especially in that stunning vase.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Rickii, best of luck with those 4 ‘Yuletides.’ Should be spectacular. (I’ve been trying to leave comments on your blog but not sure if they’re going through.)

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  3. Cathy

    Is that vase making its debut here Susie? I don’t remember seeing it before – it is beautiful! The fresh greens of the foliage are perfect, and the Camellias too of course. Very festive! 🙂

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