Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
In some years gardenia hips form on the shrubs like a decorative motif. On Christmas Eve I found this couple and brought them indoors. The container is a sugar bowl from our daughter’s childhood tea set. It is sitting on top of a walnut table she designed.
As year 2021 closes I thank you for reading and Cathy for hosting In A Vase On Monday. There are many fine and interesting garden memes but this one caught my imagination. I have long loved having fresh flowers in the house when they were available. By participating in IAVOM I have been inspired to grow more flowers for every season. I derive pleasure and many ideas from seeing the vases of others shared weekly from across the globe, and am heartened and encouraged by those of you who take time to check out my vases on Mondays.
I chose a few of my favorite florals from my collection of 2021 vases (see Floral Design menu for other years).
Wishing you a floriferous and peaceful year ahead!
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Yes those seed pods are well worth their place as the last of those for 2021. You always set the bar high. Happy New Year for 2022.
Thank you Noelle. Happy New Year to you!
Love those Gardenia hips, don’t think I have ever seen any. Wonderful retrospective – I think the first one is my favorite. Happy New Year, Susie! Looking forward to your vases in 2022.
The gardenia hips are rare and I love the orange color! Was surprised to find them the other day. Thanks for your vote on the first vase. I like that one too. Happy 2022 Amy!
Love the color too..do you get seed?
Yes. Didn’t get a good picture of the top but you can see the brown seed forming inside.
I would be tempted to plant a few.
I love the gardenia hips, something I’ve never seen before – but then I seldom see gardenia flowers either. Your retrospective of your favorite arrangements of 2021 is splendid too. I couldn’t pick a favorite among them if I tried.
Kris, I don’t often see the gardenia fruits. Such a nice treat when a few appear. This year it was just these two.
Oh those seedpods are beautifully curious, and what a lovely idea to use the bowl from your daughter’s little tea set 😊 It’s lovely to see the favourites you have picked out, which I know from experience is a very difficult task
The gardenias don’t often produce these fruits so it’s a bit of excitement when I find one or two. The little tea set was a gift to our daughter from some special friends–using it brings a flood of happy memories.
Do you think the gardenias need a particular pollinator?
Hmm…interesting idea. I couldn’t find much about when and why the hips form.
I didn’t know that gardenias form colorful pods like these, they are pretty. I enjoyed the retrospective of this year’s vases… beautiful!
The gardenia pods are cute, aren’t they? Only saw these two but will continue checking. Glad you liked the vases review. I enjoy seeing yours and others throughout the year.
Love seeing the year through your flowers. Jane
Thank you Jane! I loved seeing your floral designs at the past years’ holiday tea that Daphne posted. So well designed and executed, and beautiful.
Everything about this arrangement is wonderful, Susie! I’m another that can’t recall ever seeing hips on a gardenia, and I certainly wouldn’t have anticipated them being so colorful. The sugar bowl is certainly a fantastic foil for their exuberance.
Your retrospective is lovely too, and reminds me how much I’ve missed by being absent from blogging for most of this year. Ah well, inspiration for next year! I wonder if you mind if I shared your post on Twitter?
Thank you for asking first before reposting on twitter. It would be okay. The gardenia hips always catch me by surprise and I’m delighted when I come across them. Glad you’re settled again and able to refocus your attention on things you love and enjoy.
They look like candy corn. I never noticed them get any more colorful than greenish yellow.
Love candy corn! I wonder if the hips look different depending on the type of gardenia. I have several kinds. These hips came from no-names that my neighbor rooted and shared with me about 20 years ago.
I did not give it that much though, but now that you mention it, I notice hips only only a few gardenias that seem to ‘look’ similar, and might be of similar or the same cultivars. They seem to be old plants. Perhaps modern cultivars are too genetically confused to produce viable seed and the associated hips.
I love all your floral creations. I never knew gardenias have such beautiful hips, how lovely.
Thanks! I find these gardenia hips just once in a while. Searched around briefly for more information on them but didn’t find anything–just that they can occur.
Such beautiful bright and exotic hips – I don’t think that I have ever seen them before. Do they hold on all winter? It was so lovely to see the highlights of your 2021 vases. Wishing you all the best for 2022!
Anna, I see the gardenia hips so rarely that I’m not sure if they last through the winter. I found only these two and plucked them! But I have a distant memory of seeing one partly eaten. Food for birds. Best wishes for a wonderful new year! I look forward to seeing more of your vases.
Aren’t those hips absolutely gorgeous?! I love the ‘vase’ too – so nice to use things with memories attached. 😃 It was also a pleasure to see past vases again… the narcissi are a wonderful sight at this time of year. Happy New Year to you too Susie!
Thanks Cathy! The hips are a bit of fun. We’re very warm here 73 degrees and narcissi are rising up out of the ground.
Oooo, pretty. You’ve had some lovely arrangements throughout the months. 🙂