In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens. I have had my eye on several Amaryllis buds but they’re not quite open. Several other ideas did not pan out, so today although the year is new the vase materials are not.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

These calla lilies had been blooming in a pot for a couple weeks before I cut them (and the lavender) to use in a vase on November 29, 2021. This marks their fourth appearance being featured in a Monday vase. I have been amazed at their vase life.  Other callas have not had this kind of staying power.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

Keeping them company are beautiful magnolia foliage from large branches my neighbor brought over in mid-December for the holidays. I chose a few of the smallest glossy green leaves to accent the flowers and I used a different vase—the blue seemed to work well with the flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

Materials
Flowers
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Foliage
Lavender
Magnolia
Container

Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)

I’ve been exploring recently-added features to some photo software. I like the effect of the cleaner look after removing the background.

Happy New Year to everyone!  Wishing you a year of good health, good gardens and good deeds (giving and receiving) in the upcoming year.  Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

27 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

  1. Cathy

    That is astonishing, Susie, and a real selling point for calla – certainly makes me want to try again with them although I never had more than one or two blooms at a time and it is the quantity of blooms in your vase that make the impact. A great discovery!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. The callas have been gratifying, going strong for weeks. I’ve never had such success with them before. This plant was purchased in Nov. The ones I grew this summer didn’t produce such a large quantity at a time and I agree having a lot makes the impact.

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  2. tonytomeo

    Southern magnolia certainly has pretty foliage. I always took it for granted because the runty trees in the former neighborhood were common and unremarkable. There was only one here, and I needed to cut it down! It is now trying to regenerate as a shrub. I hope that no one notices.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      This magnolia is in my neighbor’s yard so I don’t have to deal with the messiness when it drops leaves. This tree has a beautiful form though.

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      1. tonytomeo

        Ha! That is how I sometimes describe Southern magnolia, and other trees with ‘issues’. “It is a tree that is better in a neighbor’s garden.”

  3. theshrubqueen

    My goodness, that is just beautiful, the silhouette is amazing. Are those tiny brown backed seedling magnolia leaves? Love it! Snow??? welcome to the South in winter. Happy New Year, Susie..

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks. The leaves are from the tip of a large branch and are brown on the back. Many people love the brown color but I prefer the crisp green side.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The callas have been a great treat during the holidays. Maybe I’ll start a new tradition here at home with callas rather than poinsettias.

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  4. Kris P

    You have single-handedly convinced me that I should invest in some red calla lilies, Susie! I inherited lots of the white-flowered varieties but I can’t remember any of those those lasting as cut flowers for a full week, much less 3+ weeks. Planted on the back slope, they don’t even make an appearance unless we get relatively good rainy season and, although the foliage is beginning to push up now, the dry January we’re facing may stop them in their tracks. If I buy any new calla bulbs, I’ll need to find them another location that actually gets irrigated 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The callas have been amazing, Kris! I’d love to have your white ones. Are they the large type? I grew some in a pot this summer to confuse the voles and they bloomed well but certainly didn’t last in a vase this long.

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  5. Beth@PlantPostings

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. Calla Lilies are a personal favorite. I have some in a pot that I keep inside during the winter and take out in spring/summer/fall. They’ve gone dormant and come back in the spring for several years now. Are yours outdoors year-round? They’re beautiful! Beautiful arrangement, too!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Beth, these callas are from a purchased potted plant from a grocery store. Found them in November and they’ve lasted as cut flowers for a decent long time. I will try moving the plant outdoors in spring and hop to duplicate your experience.

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