In A Vase On Monday – Pine And Flora

In A Vase On Monday – Pine And Flora

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.

January has been mild in temperature but wet, making the garden soggy. Carefully stepping into squishy soil yesterday morning I retrieved a small pine branch that had dropped into the border from the neighbor’s towering tree. The branch is the starting point for today’s vase.

To support the pine branch I reached into a treasure trove of florist pins donated to me by a friend and former coworker. She had inherited the collection from relatives and was kind to pass them on to me. There are various sizes and shapes, mostly metal pins, but a few made of glass.  The one I reached for is metal, an extra-heavy 3.5 by 4.5-inch rectangular one whose pins are sharp and nicely spaced. It gripped the branch easily in place.

Florist Pin 3.5 By 4.5 Inches

In A Vase On Monday – Pine And Flora

This arrangement is a bit like a sketch or prototype. I like it much more in person than in the photographs. With more time I would have trimmed and shaped the pine branch more and would returned to the garden for some taller materials to support the design. Perhaps too I would bind some of the needles in green wire. Possibilities are endless.

In A Vase On Monday – Pine And Flora

The hellebore bud used last week opened after a day inside. It is included in today’s vase along with one other, cut Sunday, that opened the same way.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

It is still possible to find a few camellias, so Yuletide is included again today. Daphne buds are reluctant to commit, but there are several stems with open flowers here and there.  I caught the fragrance as I cut the daphne and now am longing for it.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ and Daphne

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Arum italicum
Pinus taeda (loblolly pine)
Black square plastic dish

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

24 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Pine And Flora

  1. Kris P

    The pine branch provides a great background against which to display the other elements, Susie. I think of you every time I pass my own Camellia sasanquas, wondering what you’d make of them. Mine don’t have as much personality as your ‘Yuletide’ but I also lack your skills and imagination.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Your vase combinations are always glorious, but oh I’d love to get to play with your camellias Kris! And the many other exotic lovelies you grow.

  2. Cathy

    How kind of your friend to pass all those useful bits and pieces on to you – that big rectangular pin/frog will prove really useful for you, I am sure. I am amazed at how well your hellebore flowers have lasted in water, Susie – did you condition them in any way? Your collection of winter beauties reflects the season really well, so thanks for sharing it

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, I simply placed the cut hellebore stems in cool water and returned to them the next day. The buds had opened. I have read about having to seer the stems in order to use them as cut flowers (and have tried that myself) but these have been fine.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It was fun to use the pine as a starting point. I like pines from afar nowadays. We once had 29 mature loblolly pines fall on our previous half-acre homesite during two consecutive weekends of ice storms. I can smell the pungent pine scent just thinking about it.


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