Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens.
Many Daffodils are beginning to show color around the garden, but only one sunny flower had ventured to open by the time I gathered items for today’s vase. On the other hand Hellebores have been making strong headway all week and I resigned myself to using them again this week. They worked out nicely in this late winter design.
Responding to some sunny, warm days, a large spirea in the western border soon will burst into blossom. I enlisted several of its branches to add shape and structure to the vase.
A small florist’s frog inserted into a small black plastic dish keeps the materials in place. A white ceramic square serves as the vase.
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
White ceramic square dish. Florist’s frog in black plastic cup
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.
Thank you for the master class; I attempted something similar but I lacked the necessary central blooms; but one day I will achieve something I am pleased with.
Thank you, but you give me too much credit. I saw your design and it is very successful Christina. On yours I didn’t notice anything missing–it stands on its own.
Actually I added 3 tulips after seeing yours, but they still needed to be bigger I think.
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Another great design.
Oh Susie, this is so sleek and stylish – and set off brillaintly by the plain white wall behind it, something I just don’t have here at home (and never will have – as a ‘colour’ person, there is no white in this house). As always the balance of the different components loosk exactly right, even down to the bend of the twigs – it just reinforces our belief that you have a natural talent, so thank you for sharing it with our humbler efforts week after week
Cathy, thanks for your kind words. You underestimate your abilites. I thank you for hosting IAVOM for otherwise I wouldn’t have met so many interesting people and I doubt I’d be creating a vase with such discipline. (The wall is actually a pale yellow, painter’s yellow in fact as I call it. I’ve been trying to select a new color for almost 17 years.)
And thank you for all YOUR kind words too, Susie! We have all gained from IAVOM in lots of different ways, haven’t we? I think you must like your painter’s yellow wall – might you just refresh it in the same colour? You seem very conscious of the time scale though, so you clearly feel something needs to be done!
Another lovely arrangement. The white spotted ones caught my attention and it took a while to realise why – they reminded me of the vanilla ice-cream with speckles of vanilla pod.
Yum, I love that kind of ice cream! Thanks Susan.
Oh Susie this is wonderful….the colors of the hellebore against the backdrop of white and the emerging curving spirea! Quite stunning!
The spirea is quickly moving toward bloom Donna. It’s the only type of branch I have in the yard to force indoors. Thanks for your kind comment.
So very elegant and such a skilled gardener and arranger…Happy IAVOM.
Thanks so much Noelle. I appreciate practicing each week with you and the other IAVOM arrangers!
Okay; I just might need to try this meme. I do not do floral design, but I do like to show off flowers.
I warn you Tony, it’s addictive.
I found that out with Six on Saturday. Oh my.
Absolutely delightful, Susie, love your work, so inspiring 🙂 Happy Monday
Hi dear Annette. Thank you for your sweet words. Have a great week. I’m way behind on reading blogs but will check out what you’ve been up to soon.
So elegant as usual Susie. I wish I could do elegance.
Ah, Liz, there are all kinds of styles and each is valid. I always love seeing your combinations of interesting flowers.
Masterfully created and beautifully displayed!
Thanks Peter. Sorry I’m behind this week but will check out your vase soon!
This ‘vase’ is the perfect low foil for your display. I’m keen to bring in more foliage now I’ve seen how it opens. I expect your spirea will open up more.
Thanks. You’re right Alison, the spirea is progressing into blossom quickly. The hellebores didn’t want to come along. Only a few survived.
Exquisite use of hellebores, Susie. Beautiful.
Thank you John. Hope you’re doing well. I’m behind on reading blogs this week, but will visit yours soon.
It looks, and sounds, as though your garden is awakening, Susie. The Spirea adds a wonderful sense of movement to your arrangement and I’m sure each of those leaf and flower buds holds the promise of spring.
I was sending death threats to the spirea this winter Kris because it sends out suckers and runs and rambles all over. But my heart was happy again when I saw it was about to bloom. Sorry I’m behind reading blogs this week. Will catch up soon, but meanwhile I’ve been working hard in the garden.
I don’t think I’ve ever clipped Spirea branches at this stage. Thanks for another inspiring bouquet and design tip.
Linda, thank you. The spirea is doing quite well. It’s the only shrub I have that I could call upon this week.
Very pretty use of flowing Spireae to offset the Hellebores. Soon spring will spring!
Thank you. Spring popped out this week. I hope the weather won’t torment us with lots more cold now.
March is the wildest weather month…
A stunning vase presentation!
Thank you very much. Some of the hellebores didn’t last but the spirea still looks good.
I hope the Spirea blooms well for you.
Looking promising. Funny, a couple of months ago I was considering cutting it down. Spreads quite a bit beyond the base and is always sending up new shoots.
Lovely. Are the hellebores still strong? Mine only last a day in water
Hi. No many of the hellebores wilted quickly, but a few still are standing tall. Fortunately the spirea will last for a good while.
I wonder if there is s way of prolonging the Vase life? I need to investigate
Such a beautiful arrangement!