Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens.
That winter here has been colder is evident. As month’s end approaches, hellebores, usually a reliable choice for vase material in early January, thus far are content merely to tease with a display of nice fat buds.
So once again I have looked to indoor plants for inspiration. This Monday cyclamen flowers provide a lyrical line and a colorful lift.
Strips cut from edges of aucuba leaves and an aucuba seedpod, along with a crisp cyclamen leaf accent the design.
Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)
Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust Aucuba)
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Ikebana Blue Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H inches)
Of the three Ikebana vases by this pottery in my collection, this blue is particularly decorative and beautiful.
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.
Elegance personified Susie. Clever to cut the Aucuba leaf.
Thank you. I started out with a stem with 3 large aucuba leaves, but they were too much. Finally whittled them down to the 2 strips.
Pretty, feminine and refined are the words that come to mind Susie. The Acuba strips make it unique.
Thanks Cathy. Wish I’d spent a few more minutes shaping the strips but they were sort of a last minute decision.
One word for this display – dramatic. 🙂
I would agree especially looking down from above.
You have lovely words too, Susie – ‘lyrical line and a colorful lift’ 🙂 What a delightfully intriguing vase, and I was thinking about the strips too – was it just a matter of whittling them down as you said to Christina, till you were satisfied with what you had left? Aucuba can be all but maligned for its ubiquitousness, but it has proved its worth in many vases on IAVOM. Thanks for sharing yours today
What an artistic arrangement – you have really brought out the strange natural beauty of the cyclamen.
I saw this incredible vase last night on IG and was intrigued….especially loved the Ikebana vase and the plant material…..you have such an inspiring creative view of plant material. I especially loved the idea of the cuttings of the Aucuba leaves…..never thought to make cuttings of leaves to change their shape! Fabulous!
Thank you Donna. When you have time look up “leaf manipulation” and you’ll be astonished at ways designers reshape foliage.
You continue to amaze me with your artistic vision, Susie. This is lovely. But I do hope warmer weather finds you soon.
Thanks Kris! I’m running out of indoor plants so hope the garden perks up soon. Daffodils are shooting up!
Such poise, as if a geisha spirit and elegance had been reincarnated into blossoms.
Thanks Noelle, that’s a lovely thought.
An amazing arrangement which shows off the beauty of the cyclamen buds.
Thanks Alison. Cyclamen are interesting at every stage.
That acuba cravat is pretty slick.
Ha! It did remind me of a scarf or collar–I’ll take cravat!
The lines are curvy, sexy and lovely. I thought you had some Crotons in there (the Aucuba)
Ah, I see what you mean about the crotons! Thanks.
The Crotons here are Gold Dust Aucubas to me.With a weird leaf shape.
Love the view from above. It’s like it is a different grouping.
Linda I agree the view from abov was quite a surprise.
Oh gosh, that is lovely…and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Beth. Glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by.
Simply elegant! Stunning offering as always!
Lovely mix of colors and shapes.
Thank you. It’s always fun to try to get a vase ready each week.
I love your Ikebana vase and what a beautiful arrangement, you have such a talent Susie.
Thanks so much. Preparing Monday vases has been a great opportunity to practice and think about flower designs.
You turn limited material on its head and make it sing.
Oh Ricki, thanks. It’s good to be challenged but I’ll be happy when blooms become plentiful again.
Love the two red cyclamen buds, spare but highly expressive.
Thanks. The cyclamen stood on their own pretty well, I thought, their personality came through.
I love your vase!