In A Vase On Monday – April Melody

In A Vase On Monday – April Melody

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

In A Vase On Monday – April Melody

As April ends, so does my Coral Charm Peony, which had a good run this year but wind and rain got the best of it Friday morning. After the other flowers dropped their petals, two final buds opened later Friday so I am able to salute this lovely peony and remember it until next year.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

I paired the coral peony with a red clematis that is performing well this spring, tucking in a few more bits of color for good measure with the help of snapdragon and thrift.

In A Vase On Monday – April Melody

In A Vase On Monday – April Melody

Materials
Flowers
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet Bronze’ (Snapdragon)
Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Lilac’ (Thrift)
Clematis ‘Niobe’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)
Foliage
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Peony leaves
Vase
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

In A Vase On Monday – April Melody

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. Good health and peace to you.

30 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – April Melody

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Linda. I’ve joined Cathy’s Monday vase idea since 2014 (hard to believe it’s been that long) and have enjoyed this opportunity to practice arranging flowers. Sometimes sheer necessity of finding something to put in the vase each week has made me stretch my ideas of what can work together. And I love getting to see what others have growing and see what speaks to them. If you haven’t already please do be sure to post a link to your vase on Cathy’s website.

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  1. Chris Mousseau

    I’m so glad you showcased that peony one last time this year. It’s so beautiful. And you demonstrate how those last few peony flowers – secondary ones? – are just as beautiful as earlier, larger ones.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, perhaps they are called secondary. I almost used that term but wasn’t sure. The size has caught up to the earlier ones and it is aging gracefully, colors becoming mellowed. Thanks Chris.

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  2. Cindy Coghill

    What a lovely color of peony. Ours are no where near blooming, so it is hard for me to imagine that yours are finished. They spend such a short time with us and weather can ruin them in a second, which is maybe why they are so special. Mine don’t even have buds on them, which is just as well, since we’ve had a very cold spring and it was 30 degrees last night. I would love to live a little further south, maybe in Tennessee, Virginia, or North Carolina to enjoy your longer growing season and milder winters.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      We do have a nice growing season. Living in colder areas requires gardeners to pack everything in quickly. I have some other peonies that are just starting to open. We’ve had a lot of wind and rain which isn’t treating the flowers very gently. I should rescue more.

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  3. Kris Peterson

    With the inclusion of the red Clematis, that’s not a color combination I’d have considered, Susie, but it works beautifully! When I look at your graceful arrangements, I think I need to learn to channel your aesthetic and give the flowers I normally cram together more space to breathe. As usual, your creation is perfect.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris, it was sheer determination that made me pair the peony with that clematis. Sometimes I think I rely too much on a formula to assemble my designs, but it just feels right to me. But I adore your vases–you’ve developed your distinctive and ebullient style.

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  4. Cathy

    This is a very tuneful and harmonious melody, Susie, with all the components singing in tune. An elegant composition, as always, and thank you for sharing it with us

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Judy, thank so much. I do hope your weather improves soon. We’ve had some almost summer-like days followed by cold, nearly freezing, but today was around 70 and sunny, clear after storms last night. Just what spring days should feel like. The shifts back and forth have kept the flowers from finishing too soon.

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  5. Cathy

    I wondered if you might use Coral Charm in your vase this week after reading your last post Susie. This is absolutely stunning! You are soooo talented at putting colour shape and texture together and producing fabulous arrangements. 😃

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. I do like how the clematis and Coral Charm played well in this week’s vase. Snapdragons have been exceptional this year. Take care.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Jason. As the peony has matured it’s mellowing toward yellow and the deep red clematis is darkening toward purple. Improving with age.

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  6. tonytomeo

    Is that stock (?!) or honesty? Stock is rad! It looks like stock to me. I am not familiar with that particular thrift, but I do not see it in the pictures either. I grew a common thrift when I was a kid, because it did so well on the coast. It is native there.

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