Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. Camellia sasanquas had enjoyed several weeks of pleasant weather but temperature dips into the twenties now have left the shrubs covered in faded blooms. Plenty of buds remain. They seem in no hurry to open but I managed to find a few flowers in good condition.
The light was so poor at 5 p.m. Sunday evening I photographed outside against the front door. I like seeing the flowers against the blue background.
The inspiration for today’s vase was actually Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ which is taking on a nice red hue. Sprigs of silvery-green lavender and surprisingly fresh leaves of native columbine contrast with the deep green, glossy camellia leaves.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)
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.
Those red leaves really make the arrangement. I don’t think I would ever think of using columbine leaves.
Columbine has spread all around my garden and while cutting the camellias I noticed how fresh and delicate it’s leaves were despite pretty serious cold weather.
Love the way you have staged this charming arrangement against the pale eggshell blue paneling.
Thanks Noelle. I love that blue background as well.
So pretty. I recently bought C. Yuletide after seeing it on your blog in previous years and now I have fallen in love with lovely ‘Hana-Jiman’ too. And I love the red leaved Hydrangea.
Hope you’ll enjoy your Yuletide camellia. I’m honored you saw it here and liked it. I’d love to add more camellias but can’t seem to get new ones to live here. These are my “beginner’s luck” camellias from 18 years ago when we first moved to the house.
It’s so pretty, Susie, and the hydrangea is blushing nicely, really setting the flowers off. The other day I stood in front of Yuletide at a plat fair and was very tempted. I didn’t take it in the end and regret it a little now as the sasanquas are such easy plants and give so much joy at this time of year. well, next time! Have a good week 🙂
Thanks Annette. Yuletide is reliable and perhaps sasanquas are easier in general than japonicas.
Such glamorous flowers! They are just gorgeous, and I love the rich colour of the hydrangea leaf. Amanda https://therunningwave.blogspot.com/2019/11/a-bouquet-garni-in-vase-on-monday.html
Thanks Amanda. The oakleaf hydrangea leaves do have nice color and they’ve lasted well all week in the vase.
Those plumy shades in the leaves are just gorgeous. Picking up on the sweet pink in the Camellia. Beautiful.
Thanks Alison. Yes! I like your description of the hydrangea leaves: plumy shades.
No sign of blooms on my Yuletide for this year (and I too bought it after seeing it on your blog!), but it is still small (and in a pot). Your pretty vase definitely hints at the forthcoming festive season 🙂
Glad you found Yuletide to add to your own garden Cathy. Hope it will surprise you with blooms this year.
Sadly I doubt it as it it is still small – perhaps I will treat it to a bigger pot…
I love the red Camellia ‘Yuletide’ with those hydrangea leaves.
Thanks, the hydrangea leaves were really supposed to star without competing with blooms but I couldn’t resist adding the camellias.
This is lovely, Susie, a beautiful composition. Oak leaf hydrangea has deeply beautiful fall color that lasts a long while.
Thanks Eliza. I’d like to add more oak leaf hydrangeas to the garden fo year-round interest. The red leaves have lasted well in Monday’s vase.
The Hydrangea foliage provides the perfect complement for your beautiful Camellias. I love seeing those every year. They make me wish I had more variety in my own collection of Camellia sasanqua.
Thanks Kris. You have some lovely camellias. I’d also like to expand my collection but have not managed to get others to survive in my garden..
Oh how I love this! I so wish I could grown Camellias, but I’m too far north. Jealous.
Beth, I took camellias for granted for most of my life, but now appreciate their fine qualities.
The flowers are stunning, and the vase is a real show stopper.
Thanks Judy! That ikebana vase is a favorite. I love anything blue anyway and the integrated pin makes it straightforward to make an arrangement.
Those leaves are so pretty and worthy partners for your lovely camellia flowers. Beautifully arranged again! 🙂
Thanks Cathy. The hydrangea looks poorly during hot summer but those red leaves make it sing again in autumn.
The camellias are really beautiful!
Thanks Chris. I’d love to add more camellias but can’t seem to get new ones to live here. These are my “beginner’s luck” camellias from 18 years ago when we first moved to the house.
Glad to see my old favorite, Yuletide again in your arrangement and I like the door contrast too.
I remember you are fond of Yuletide. It seems to have smaller blooms every year. Does that come from water deprivation this summer, crowded roots, my general inattention?
Do you use Hollytone fertilizer? I think that’s the trick to good Camellias. Probably affected by the drought as well.. still love them.
I’ve never fertilized them. Thanks for the tip.
I remember those camellias. ‘Hana-Jiman’ was one of the more popular Camellia sasanqua (if I remember correctly). We grew ‘Yuletide’ as well of course. ‘Yuletide’ is quite distinctive in all characteristics.