In A Vase On Monday – Late December

In A Vase On Monday – Late December

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

After some very cold nights with temperatures as low as 19°F. still on Sunday morning I managed to find my patch of alyssum still blooming at the base of a couple of large flower pots.

Alyssum – December 17, 2020

I imagined filling a tiny container with the miniature purplish-magenta blooms to finish out the year of Monday vases. The alyssum didn’t prove easy to collect or work with so I was glad I had also checked out the Yuletide camellia. Though many blooms were browned by the cold blasts of the past week, a few fresh flowers had opened.

In A Vase On Monday – Late December

Alyssum

Today’s resulting vase strayed from my initial concept—more of a hodge-podge—making a quick wrap-up for this year of vases. See the entire 2020 collection of Monday vases.

In A Vase On Monday – Late December

Camellia, Alyssum and Berries

Silvered Lichen

Materials
Flowers
Alyssum
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Foliage
Crape Myrtle stem with lichen
Liriope
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)

In A Vase On Monday – Late December

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.

28 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Late December

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yuletide camellia has a rich color, doesn’t it. Good thing it blooms at this time of year instead of early spring when it would clash with everything. I do like the alyssum’s color.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. The first year I did a gallery of the vases I did the whole year at one time, which was very tedious. Since then I create a new page and update it weekly.

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  1. Cathy

    Oh wow, Susie, the collage of the year’s vases is wonderful – and all the more so because they all have the same minimalistic setting. Thanks for facilitating this. And I love the elements of today’s hotch potch – especially your addition of the lichen and berries. I am intrigued to see this shade of allysum too, which I just know of as white. You will be pleased to hear I am replacing my lost Yuletide with a new larger specimen which should be arriving next week. Thanks for all your contributions Susie, and my very best wishes to you both for 2021

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Wish I could find the label for that alyssum. I like the color also, but the white one would be nice too. I work on the collage throughout the year so at year’s end I just have to pop in the last vase. Glad you liked it. I think it’s fun to see the whole year’s effort and see what was in bloom. Thanks for your good wishes and thanks for hosting.

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      1. Cathy

        Yes, I remember you explaining how you work on the collages and I did consider it but didn’t get round to it – having it as an on-going project would certainly make it easy…but then would I have a calendar year, or an IAVOM year…?

  2. krispeterson100

    Your Camellias look much better than mine! Dry conditions and wind followed by rain (at last!) and most of mine consist of petals scattered atop muddy soil. Your addition of Alyssum is a nice touch and of course I love the lichen, something one never sees here!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Nor would I but I was seeking something different to use this week. I think small pots of it could be used effectively, keeping the alyssum planted. It did poorly as a cut flower.

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      1. tonytomeo

        Poorly? It lasted long enough to get a picture.
        Ours works sort of like a perennial. Summer plants replace themselves with winter plants before they succumb to cooler weather. Winter plants do the same before they succumb to warmer weather. When the old plants get pulled up, the new plants are getting started, so the space does not stay blank for long.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      How kind of you. Thanks for checking them out, Alicia. It’s fun to look back at the whole year. There are a few I really like, some I want to start rearranging to fix!

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