Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share each Monday a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
More rain has kept the garden drenched, but the sun has sparkled here and there. Days seem longer and I feel general optimism that spring is nearby. The hellebores and winter daphne remain timid about blooming, but even one open winter daphne flower is a fragrant treat.
The purple, heavy glass dish measure 3-inches in diameter and may actually be a candle holder, although I bought it several years ago for tiny flowers.
A couple of indoor cyclamen offered up one bloom each for this week’s diminutive vase. I also braved cutting one of 4 orchid stems from a gifted Christmas plant to make the purple vase pop.
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Purple glass vase, 3-inch diameter
Many 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.
Appreciation here for February minis, and the lovely purple mini vase. The Daphne is by now opening in the warmth, without a doubt, and will give you days of perfume.
Thanks Noelle. Daphne is a wonder, isn’t it!
That is a sweet little vase.
Four flowering stalks on one orchid? Wow! They don’t sell them like that here! Love those colours this week Susie. 😃
Ah, I misspoke Cathy. There were actually two small orchids each with 2 flowering stems, combined into one container. It’s been quite beautiful and so handy last month in helping me forge vases for Mondays. I have a couple of other orchids I’ve kept for several years that are about to rebloom–only one stalk each and not many flowers. I don’t really take care of them except a sip of water once in a while! I’ve never repotted or fed them and am unlikely to get around to that, I admit. (Not sure that red cyclamen is helpful in this one, but once I’d cut it I decided I might as well use it!)
I liked the combination of the bright red and the pink… when it comes to plants nothing clashes! 😉
I love the amethyst coloured vase. It just shows you don’t need lots of flowers for a dramatic arrangement.
The rich colors are reassuring this time of year but I loved the more springlike ones in your vase today!
Now there’s a reminder to look at other possible things for vases – I have a number of stone tealight holders which could work well for its sort of arrangement. I did a double-take of the scarlet bloom before realising that it was one of the cyclamen…I am so used to seeing pink and the red really took me by surprise! The orchid really pulls the vase together because of its amazingly rich colour and the way it matches the glass vase itself
That red cyclamen was probably one I purchased for Christmas one year. I prefer white though over red or pink. I do love them though overall. The purple orchid was the last thing I added–should have started with it.
Cyclamen flowers are used all too seldom in arrangements. You’ve made good use of yours.
Thanks Kris! Cyclamen don’t last particularly well for me as cut flowers but I was willing to make the sacrifice for a Monday vase. They are beautiful plants I think.
Oh, this is sweet, Susie. I love that purple glass – it matches the orchid perfectly!
Thanks Eliza! Glad I rediscovered that vase for today.
Arfully simple and the daphne and vase are perfect partners. Love the slight spikiness added by the daphne buds.
Thanks Cathy! Daphne is a little difficult to use. It’s inflexible so you have to let it be itself.
I love a little vase with a big punch. The colors and textures are wonderful. I particularly like the red.
Thanks Amy. Hoping that red cyclamen is in full bloom for Valentine’s.
That would be perfect
It may be mini but it sure is striking.
Thanks Judy. It’s so nice to have even a few blooms.
Cyclamen were so much fun when I was a kid. I did not know that they were grown as annuals. Nowadays, I want to see what these Cyclamen hederifolia will do. I suspect that their flowers are too tiny to cut.
They’re sold as potted plants year round but especially at Christmas and Valentine’s.