In A Vase On Monday – Color In Winter

In A Vase On Monday – Color In Winter

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

Wednesday brought a second winter snow to Chapel Hill and this time there was no messing around with a couple of inches. The garden was graced with spectacular 9.5 inches of snow. By Sunday the snow was nearly gone and the day was a pleasant 67°F.  

Snowy Beauty – On Thursday the sun returned.

The starting point for today’s vase was a piece from a large, broken branch of crape myrtle, a 3-inch circumference victim of the heavy snow. The crape myrtle wood is red and smooth and after the stark white snow it seemed especially appealing.

Crape Myrtles suffered damage from heavy snow.

I decided to sacrifice a stem from a salmon-colored phalaenopsis to set off the polished red bark. Unfortunately the portion of the crape myrtle branch that prompted this choice, the part that was interesting and colorful, was also much too thick and heavy for me to use.

In A Vase On Monday – Color In Winter

I ended up with a couple of branch tips that serve valiantly but lack the innate beauty of the red bark.

In A Vase On Monday – Color In Winter

Still I like the richness of the flowers against the gray stems. And outdoors in the garden, tucked deep within cold-touched gardenia shrubs, I found several sets of lush green leaves to fill out the design.

In A Vase On Monday – Color In Winter

Materials

Flowers
Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)
Foliage
Lagerstroemia (crape myrtle) branch
Gardenia jasminoides
Vase
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

In A Vase On Monday – Color In Winter

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

49 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Color In Winter

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina. Preparing Monday vases has given me a chance to try a lot of styles but I do seem to gravitate toward this form. Feels the most natural.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Glad you found these qualities here today Donna. I’ve seen several Ikebana demonstrations and the process itself is meditative–one of the things I like about it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. There’s still one flowering stem left on the orchid plant to enjoy as well. Yes, this is the most snow I’ve seen in my life, previously 8 inches was the record for me.

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  1. Annette

    Wow, winter wonderland! Hope the snow that looks quite heavy didn’t break any other branches. Bravo to another beautiful vase, Susie, no doubt the Lagerstroemia thinks it was worth the sacrifice to be in company of such beauty. 🙂

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  2. Cathy

    9.5″ of snow to 67 degrees in just a few days – gosh, that IS a contrast! What a shame the crape myrtle was too chunky to show off its red bark in the vase – you couldn’t have used it as a prop in any way, could you? The tips, though, set off the orchid beautifully and the greenery looks perfectly placed – were you pleased with the overall effect yourself, Susie?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It would have been nice to highlight the crape myrtle but I ran out of time trying to figure out a way to make it work. I did like the way the arrangement turned out overall. Have a good week Cathy.

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      1. pbmgarden Post author

        We’re having a rainy day, which should clear the final pockets of snow. It’s 63 degrees F. and should be sunny the rest of the week. I’m itching to get outside in the garden a bit but have some traveling to do today to see my sisters. They both have January birthdays and we will celebrate.

  3. Kris P

    It’s a beautiful arrangement, Susie, even if it didn’t meet your original specs. I love the orchid’s warm color. Almost 10 inches of snow sounds both exciting and intimidating. I hope you don’t have to get outside with a snow shovel!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The orchid has made me happy this week. The snow is mostly gone and will be now that we’re having rain. My brother-in-law was visiting during the snow and insisted on shoveling (and no, I don’t own a snow shovel). He is originally from Wisconsin so it seemed necessary to him and was helpful of course.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Ricki! You’re right about the snow–it’s great for a day, okay two days–then I’m ready for it to clear. This one was especially lovely.

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  4. Linda from Each Little World

    Beautiful vase but what a nightmare to get that much snow! Yikes. Heavy snow on trees and plants that have leaves on is so damaging because they hold all that heavy snow. Looks beautiful though. We are way below normal snowfall and haven’t had much more than about 4 inches or so at one time. Currently raining and the little snow cover we had is just about gone.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Linda. The snow was really nice overall (despite the tree damage). It was lovely, we could stay safely home and enjoy it without worrying about travel, and then it left quickly.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Eliza. The crape myrtles each suffered some damage (not the first time for them unfortunately). We enjoyed seeing the large snowfall but the warm days following with temps in the 60s suits me much better. Best of both worlds.

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  5. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Gorgeous, gorgeous snow images…and the vase, too! You’re getting more snow than we are (in S. Wisconsin) this winter so far. Although it’s snowing right now, so we’ll see how much we have by the morning. There’s something special about a fresh snowfall.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Tony, fortunately the orchid had two flowering stems so I was able to remove the smaller for the vase and still enjoy the larger one on the plant itself.

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  6. P&B

    It’s a lovely arrangement as you always do. I’m so glad that the 9.5″ snow was gone so fast because I’m rooting for the plants in your garden, especially gardenias and ginger lilies.

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  7. Chloris

    How graceful. I have lots of phalaenopsis on my windowsill, I never thought of cutting them for arrangements, it looks so expensive and elegant.
    We had snow on sunday too but now we are back to rain. I am sick of cold and wet .

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. The phalaenopsis once cut will last about 5 days I think, so not as enduring as keeping the flower on the plant. Hope you get some nice sunny weather soon.

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