In A Vase On Monday – December Etude

In A Vase On Monday – December Etude

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of cuttings from our gardens.

At mid-December the temperatures are mild again, nearly 70 degrees. In my garden a fall-blooming iris strangely has developed fat buds again, but only camellia sasanquas are flowering.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ and Daphne odora

Having relied heavily on camellias for vase material for the past many years I am finding them decidedly uninspiring this year. Nevertheless I collected a few Yuletide flowers Sunday morning, but then changing directions I challenged myself to focus on foliage for a vase study this week.

Colorful oak leaves and dogwood buds were the main focus supported by fresh green Winter Daphne form the basis of the design.

In A Vase On Monday – December Etude

In A Vase On Monday – December Etude

With the addition of the red flowers the arrangement took on an offbeat holiday look.

In A Vase On Monday – December Etude

In A Vase On Monday – December Etude

Buds of Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

Materials
Flowers
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Foliage
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Dutch’ (Dutch Lavender)
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting sweet pea)
Quercus (oak)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Container
Solimene Vietri ceramic bowl

In A Vase On Monday – December Etude

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 surprises she and others found to place in a vase this week.

34 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – December Etude

  1. Cathy

    I really like the festive look. The cornus buds and oak are beautiful alone, but the splash of the extra red of the Camellias makes it more a Christmassy arrangement. 😃

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  2. Annette

    Most elegant and festive, I like the red splash of the oak leaves too, it adds a quirky note. Will the Daphne flowers open in the vase? I’d love to see your camellias in situ – did you show them in a post by any chance and if so can you share the link? Have a good week, Susie x

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Annette, I’ll try to get a decent photo of the camellias outside. They’re both used to screen some utilities against the house and very close to the neighbor’s driveway, so they have to be trimmed back and are not allowed to grow into their natural forms. I don’t think the Daphne will open from this stage. There are lots of buds so I’m looking forward to it in another month or so.

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  3. Cathy

    Even the foliage on its own looked good, Susie, especially with the distinctive colouring on the oak leaves, but of course the camellias do add the finishing touch – these Yuletide ones have such an attractive flower and certainly tempt me to try again with growing it myself. Thanks for sharing and hope things are still improving for you both

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I think a squirrel planted that oak. It is trying to grow up against the side of the house, so I cut it down. Need to take time to dig it out, when I get a minute. We’re doing much better here. Thanks for checking. Still have home health providing PT which is very helpful.

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  4. Kris P

    I love your ‘Yuletide’ Camellia, which I find much more inspiring the my mid-range pink blooms. The oak leaves are a nice touch, as are the dogwood buds. As always, your construction is masterful.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’ve decided I much prefer the doubles and semi-doubles, especially white or pale pink. I think a squirrel must have planted that oak. It is tiny and I need to get it out right away, meanwhile I just cut the top off. Did have pretty colored leaves but we definitely do not have room for an oak.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      My first Daphne was variegated, but since that initial purchase I’ve only been able to find it without variegation at my local garden center. Not sure why.

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  5. Frogend_dweller

    Love the arrangement with and without the Yuletide. Those dogwood buds are so effective and delightful. Having said that, I don’t think that I could ever grow tired of seeing that camellia!

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