Each Monday from Rambling In The Garden Cathy invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.
A few blooms gathered Sunday afternoon went into one of my favorite Ikebana vases.
Included in the Ikebana arrangement is a Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide.’ The red Yuletide camellia opened in late October (as I recall) or at least by November 8, 2018, and despite the recent cold snap it continues to offer a few flowers. The small size of the camellia made it perfect for pairing with the creamy double-form hybrid hellebore purchased several years ago at Pine Knot Farms near Clarksville, Virginia. It is just scrumptious.
Hellebores opened in my garden in January, 2019, a little later than in some years. They usually bloom well into April.
Some of the hellebores have been in the garden since 2001. A few years later a garden club friend, Vicki, passed along a large quantity of her volunteers. They took about 3 years before flowering, well worth the wait.
Several tiny flowers of Daphne odora burst open this year on January 12. Very few have opened since then but warmer weather this week may encourage them. These fragrant shrubs usually peak late February-early March.
While Daphne is long-lasting in a vase, the hellebores’ beauty is fleeting. I chose not to singe the stems or try other methods to preserve them.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)
Fiesta soup mug
Left with quite a few extras after finishing the Ikebana, I tucked the remainders into a lime green soup mug. I liked their cheerful spirit so much I decided to share both designs today.
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.