Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
I gathered the first Thalia Daffodils this morning thinking they would feature in today’s vase. Stems of spirea, camellias, snowflakes and bits of foliage of different sorts, including fresh rosettes of unfurling columbine–all collected up as well.
But hellebores being conditioned in a drinking glass engaged my attention and inspired me to use them on their own without adornment.
For a container today I had already decided to use my grandmother’s burgundy teapot so I shifted the hellebores into it.
Three sprigs of Cerinthe seemed to add a nice final touch.
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Grandma’s Teapot. McCormick Tea, Baltimore Md., Made In USA (some history of this teapot)
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to try arranging flowers to share. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.
Yes, you were right: the Hellebores look just right in your teapot. When we use or see these lovely artefacts passed through the family, it makes us stop and reminisce.
Noelle, I think you’re right. It’s so nice to have a few reminders like this of important people and times in our lives. I love passalong plants for the same reason.
I would love to have that on my tea table.
Wish I could walk it over to you Judy. I tried it everywhere in the house trying to catch some light this morning for photos!
I’m a coffee drinker so that would be the perfect way to use a tea pot as far as I’m concerned. Gorgeous.
Just finishing up some coffee myself Judy! I like tea also though.
That’s a beautiful way to share your spectacular and varied hellebore collection, Susie. I laughed when I saw the teapot as my Hippeastrum arrangement started out in a teapot as well but I moved it when I couldn’t manage to make its peculiarly short fat stem behave.
Thanks Kris. I love that you started with a teapot in mind also today.
Your arrangement looks beautiful in the teapot! Makes me want to use mine like that! Thanks for the link.
Thank you Jeanne and thanks for doing all the research on that teapot. My mother had a yellow one but I always loved the other color better.
Oh what a bountiful collection of hellebores that sit beautifully in your co-ordinated teapot. I must try out some different conditioning techniques for hellebores again. No doubt you have pooped your other blooms in another vase? Isn’t aquilegia foliage gorgeous? Thanks for sharing
Thanks Cathy. Yes a vase of camellias sit on the kitchen table and several other glasses of flowers need to be plopped into vases. It’s so nice outside I need to be weeding. I don’t stress over conditioning the hellebores–just enjoy as long as they last. I’ve tried different techniques but can’t tell one way works over another.
I am sure they will all bring you much pleasure
Interesting to read your teapot history too 😊
I thought the history was interesting too. I had no idea where the pot had come from. My mother had an identical one, except in yellow.
The teapot is the perfect color to set off the Hellebores..beautifully done. Oddly, I have a similar teapot that was a wedding gift to my parents in 1950, also marked Halls… will send a picture. I have used it as a vase at some point.. think our mothers are smiling?
Originally I’d planned to use all white Thalias in that teapot. The hellebores probably were a better choice since the coloration echoed the teapot color. Do you ever use your teapot for tea? It may have lead in the glaze for all I know so I think we’re better off using them as vases. My mother had a yellow teapot like my grandmother’s burgundy one, but don’t recall her ever using it.
The Thalias would be pretty as well. I never make tea except in a cup..my mother used the teapot continously to make iced tea..
We made plenty of iced tea. Sweet of course.
This is so pretty and feminine, Susie, with the teapot evoking scenes of afternoon teatime out in the garden. I love that it is a pot that belonged to your grandmother and the highlights of the Hellebores match it perfectly.
I can picture that tea party in the garden Eliza. What fun it would be. I was very close to my grandmother so it is nice to have this keepsake. Have a great week.
Didh’t realize it was possible to get the Helleborus stems to stand like that.
Hellebores have a mind of their own. Today they stand! Actually once they’re a little older like these the stems seem firmer.
The blending of the hellebore colours with the teapot is superb! ❤
Thanks Joanne. I’m enjoying the hellebores so much this spring.
Lovely to see the Cerinthe in with the hellebores, they look so good together and the colour of the tea pot is just perfect. Thalia is certainly one of the best varieties. Unlike a lot of others it flowers faithfully each year and spreads nicely. Happy spring days, Susie
Had to sneak in some Cerinthe, Annette! Yes, I love Thalia too, although mine may need dividing. There aren’t as many this year. Happy Spring Annette.
Thank you! The hellebores are holding up pretty well so far.
They stand up nicely. My hellebores do not look like that, although they happened to do unusually well this year.
Glad yours are doing well also Tony. It’s been a nice spring for them here.
To me, they seem to always do well in other regions. If mine were so reliable, I would not dislike them so. This season has been encouraging. Because others like them so much, I really want them to look good. I can still dislike them.
Your hellebores are glorious! I always shy from just cutting them for a vase as they rarely last very long, but maybe I should just go for it! 😃