In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

An Amaryllis Christmas gift from our dear friends in California bloomed magnificently this week and it’s a beautiful star in today’s vase.  (Buds on a second stalk are beginning to open as well.) Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’ is described as a pattern of stars within stars starting with dark red and ending with green and crimson.

Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’

I relied heavily on a variety of foliage to form the framework of the design, creating a textural background for amaryllis. I hoped Winter Daphne which is showing color at the tips would make more impact here than it did. It mostly ended up in back. The foliage was not enough on its own.

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

It would have been nice to have more flowers to use this week to accent and complement the bright amaryllis. Outdoors, hellebores have formed buds now but have not opened and nothing else even promises blooms for now, so yes, those are the same calla lilies from a vase on November 29, 2021. I had not planned to use them a fifth time but this arrangement needed support beyond just the greenery. A stem of pink anthurium and a few fading nandina berries contribute the only other color I could scavenge (without reverting to the holidays and using poinsettias). Several magnolia seedpods left over from the dried arrangement that celebrated Cathy’s IAVOM anniversary awhile back add texture.

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

Magnolia Seedpod With Nandiina Berries

Materials
Flowers
Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’
Anthurium
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Foliage
Boxwood
Daphne sp. (Winter daphne)
Lavender
Gardenia
Magnolia cones
Nandina berries
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.
Floral foam

The container comes from a recent estate sale and belonged to a garden club friend and horticulture judge. Nearly 5 pounds in weight, it seems to be cast iron. It has a decorative Asian motif around the sides and ornate pedestal feet.

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

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.

An Anniversary Note

pbmGarden became live on Friday, January 7, 2011, eleven years ago. Since that time I’ve been buoyed by your presence here. I am grateful for the old and new friendships that intersect this space. Thank you.

 

40 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

      1. pbmgarden Post author

        Glad you didn’t hide it! Yes, different approaches. Your style is elegant, romantic, and every photograph sets a mood, tells a story.

  1. Cathy

    Eleven years of blogging! Well done Susie, and it has been a pleasure to become friends with you over some of that time. When I saw the calla again I thought ‘surely they are not going to be the same blooms?!’ They are astonishing, and they support your lovely and well-named amaryllis really well along with the nandina berries, magnolia seedheads and assorted foliage. As lovely as always, Susie!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Cathy. Very glad to have made friends with you through IAVOM. The amaryllis is making us very happy this week. Those callas are real work horses.

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  2. Donna Donabella

    I love that you combined elements from so many sources….I really do love that amaryllis!! Wow that is a great anniversary…much to be proud of Susie!

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  3. johnvic8

    Congratulations, Susie, for eleven years of blogging. Quite an achievement, and I’m delighted to have been on the receiving end for seven years. Your posts are always lovely and informative. Thank you.

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  4. theshrubqueen

    Happy Blogiversary! I am happy to have met you and shared your garden, butterflies and flowers. Love the vase, so very Southern. The callas deserve an award. I would love to see that container, it sounds magnificent.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Amy! Glad to have met you and your garden 🪴 also! I should have taken a picture of the vase before using it. I’m sure it will be one I use often.

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  5. Kris P

    I adore that Amaryllis, Susie. However, I think I’m even more astounded by the calla lilies. Do you have a cultivar name for them? If not, I think you should call them ‘The Immortals’. All in all, this is a beautiful arrangement.

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  6. Eliza Waters

    Excellent example of recycling beauty… those callas amaze me with their longevity. I grew ‘Tres Chic’ this year, too. I think it really attractive with those stars within stars.
    And happy blogiversary, Susie!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Eliza. Eleven years of blogging is hard to wrap my head around, like time in general. Glad you have enjoyed ‘Tres Chic’ in person. I like it very much.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Beth. I should learn more about potted calla lilies. The foliage remnants of this are indoors but I left some in a big pot outdoors, hoping they’d bloom next year.

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  7. Frogend_dweller

    It’s remarkable what a difference seeing amaryllis surrounded by lush foliage makes to my reaction to it as a flower … so much better. I find them a bit too stark normally, although I do think they are glorious. A très chic arrangement ! Happy Biogiversary to you too!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you! Glad to offer you a new perspective on amaryllis. I was concerned about cutting the stalk but it’s lasted a few days already in the vase and seems to be holding up. Happy we met as garden bloggers! Thank you!

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  8. Cathy

    Love that amaryllis! It really is the star of the show, but those callas deserve a mention too. Congratulations on your anniversary Susie! So glad to have you as a blogging friend! 😃

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks so much Cathy! I’m happy too we connected through our garden blogs. Those callas are setting a record for longevity, at my house at least.

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  9. bittster

    Oh my gosh. Eleven years sounds official, congratulations! I’ve enjoyed following your adventures over the years.
    This arrangement is great. You make it sound as if you really needed to scrounge up bits here and there but what you’ve done really works. Fingers crossed the callas hang on for another week 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Frank. One wonders what will the garden blogging world be like in another 11 years? Hope we’ll all be checking for snowdrops and swooning over irises, etc.

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  10. tonytomeo

    Oh, magnolia grenades! When we were kids, we used to break their stems off before tossing them at cars, like grenades in those old war movies. They were fun when there were no apricots to throw.

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