Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.
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)
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.
I love the delicate pink flowers and especially the sculptures – I can’t quite tell, are they shaped like a pyramid?
Thanks Chris. Yes, pyramids.
Very creative. We have the same weather saying in Texas. We are enjoying summer right now, but winter is back by the middle of the week.
Weather is a funny thing. I actually appreciate mixing it up back and forth as long as the plants aren’t too misled.
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
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.
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.
Thanks Kris. Oh, great fun that your hellebores have awakened as well. Enjoy!
A beautiful way to display them Susie. 🙂 I am going on a hellebore hunt at my local garden centre tomorrow!
Thanks Cathy. Happy hellebore hunting! You may find lots of temptations!
Very beautiful, and the light in your photos is magical!
Thanks Beth. I’d like to learn more about lighting for photography.
I like the brass and Hellebore combination; I did not realize they lasted so long in a vase. None in my garden I am afraid, though i do enjoy yours.
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.
Another thing to love about gardening..those little mysteries.