Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share each Monday a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
Cold and rain are due back Monday but Sunday brought respite—sunshine and temperatures reaching 77 degrees. Mostly weeds are blooming here, but also I spotted the first yellow of daffodil, not quite open but the sighting is reassuring.
Around the garden hellebores at last are filling out and I included a creamy double in today’s vase. It proved to be floppy-headed but I could not be deterred.
The rich color of Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ is thrilling to see. I find it very difficult to grow and after many years of introducing new corms again only a couple of plants have shown up.
I grew ‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe from seed last year. It got off to a late start and suffered through last summer’s heat. But a few plants have overwintered. I am not sure if the mottled appearance of the leaves is normal but all the plants turned out this way. I have seen cerinthe in other’s Monday vases that is more dark purplish and green and had expected this to look similar.
Daphne odora appeared ready to bloom a few weeks ago. I found one stem with flowers that have opened but most are still holding back. The lemony fragrance is delectable.
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)
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 garden surprises she and others are offering this week.
Such an elegant arrangement
Thanks Linda. The hellebores have not held up but I like the way it looks after removing them–a bonus.
Gorgeous and a wonderful treat this Monday morning for this reader in cold country. 🙂
I can only imagine Judy how cold it must be. Hope you might be able to return to SC next year and enjoy spring twice.
It is so nice to have early flowers. I agree that your vase is very elegant.
Thanks Judy. Most things are still rather late but it will nice to enjoy them whenever they feel ready! Hope things are settling down in your garden.
Beautiful. 😃 The creamy yellow hellebore is so pretty, and I love seeing your blue anemones every year! I have never had success with them… they flowered once and then dwindled to nothing in the next couple of years. The daphne adds height and dignity to your lovely arrangement. 😃
Thanks Cathy. I always see that hellebore as white but indeed it does seem yellow when I stop to analyze it. Others have mentioned that before. I love its form.
All daphne is variegated here. I heard of daphne that is not variegated, but had never seen it. However, I recently got a picture of the daphne here, and none of the foliage in the picture is variegated! I do not know if it is a sport, or if it just grew that way temporarily, and will resume variegated growth. I noticed a few non-variegated leaves before, but not so much as in the picture. Now, after all that fuss, I realize that I actually prefer it to be variegated. That is just how I am familiar with it. If one of a few plants is not variegated, that would be nice too, for a bit of variety.
Anemones are unreliable here also. That will not stop me from growing a few of them though. Actually, they are the only anemone that I am familiar with.
I’ll keep trying Anemones too.
Beautiful, Susie. The photo made me think of a ballet for some reason. I love the soft yellow of that hellebore and I was glad to see that you got some anemones to bloom.
Thank you Kris. Love that the design conjured an image of ballet. Sad showing of anemones for all the ones I have planted but I’ll take them!
What a beautiful breath of spring, Susie! Your Hellebores are esp. nice and I love the mottled foliage of the Cerinthe. So pretty!
Hi Eliza, I’ve wondered if the mottled Cerinthe is normal, but it all seems to be growing that way. Hoping it will bloom.
Yes, the spotting is normal. (Reminds me somewhat of lungwort.) I expect they will bloom beautifully!
Such a poised arrangement, and it pays homage to each element. I have never grown a Daphne before, but can imagine how lovely the smell must be in your home.
Thanks Noelle. Yes, the daphne is very fragrant. Much more has opened in the past couple days.
I love Mr. Fokker, such a wonderful color. A nice accent to the pastels. Who was Mr. Fokker, anyway? The arrangement does have a balletic (?) vibe. I agree with Kris. Cheers to spring!
Happy spring to you Amy. Sounds like you have a topic for another article: who was Mr. Fokker?
LOL.. that might be hard to sell!