In A Vase On Monday – Hellebores and Brass

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

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

It was beautiful and sunny yesterday with temperatures in the low 60s. In contrast Friday was rainy and so cold sleet glanced off my windshield for about sixty seconds when I was driving home after teaching an afternoon yoga class. Welcome to North Carolina where we frequently remind each other if you don’t like the weather just wait a day. It will change.

Hellebores continue their reign over the garden this week. It has become challenging to find a new way to present them. I considered floating some in a shallow dish, but chose instead to stage them without water at all, tucked into a brass sculpture created by my husband years ago. Visible in the background is a second taller sculpture and a box of paperwhites about to rebloom from last year.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Paperwhite narcissus
Brass sculpture

No hellebores were harmed in this production. Soon after being photographed they were safely returned to a small vase of water.  I have had good luck keeping hellebores in vases for a week or more this year.  That has not always been the case, but I have not treated them in any special way.

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 this week.

15 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Hellebores and Brass

  1. Cathy

    We are always guaranteed to find simple elegance in your Monday vases, Susie and today is no exception – I am most intrigued by the sculpture too. Your success with hellebores gives me hope for when I feel ready to cut mine this year. Thanks for sharing

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      My husband used to do a lot various art projects, not so much lately. Thought it would make a good armature for a floral design. May try again more seriously sometime. I have three vases of hellebores in the house now, all doing fine, so hope you will experience their potential longevity.

  2. Kris P

    The hellebores look jaunty staged in your husband’s sculpture, Susie. Spurred by last week’s very warm temperatures perhaps, my own hellebores are slowly revealing themselves, although they didn’t make it into my vase this week.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks. Hellebores are notoriously reported as not suitable for vase life. Often the flowers are floated in water as an alternative, which makes it easy to see the flowers. This is the first year where I’ve had them keep very well. Don’t know why.


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