Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
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.
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.
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.
Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Daphne sp. (Winter daphne)
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.
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.
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.
I thought I recognized those calla lilies. That really is a beautiful amaryllis.
The callas again to the rescue!
This just took my breath away, Susie, I always think your arrangement are très chic and can’t get any better but they do 🙏
Oh, thanks so much Annette. I’m a mutual admirer of your florals.
You’re too kind, after seeing yours I was about to hide mine 😅 but then, the magic lies in the diversity
Glad you didn’t hide it! Yes, different approaches. Your style is elegant, romantic, and every photograph sets a mood, tells a story.
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!
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.
Happy Anniversary Susie! Both the Amaryllis and its container are striking. Quite perfect on that plinth.
Thanks Chris, and what a good word, plinth.
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!
Glad to have you visit again Donna. It’s hard to believe 11 years have passed.
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.
Thanks very much John! Glad we made the connection John. I’ve enjoyed your posts through the years too.
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.
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.
I think the weight will be a great asset?
Yes I think so too.
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.
Kris, not sure of the calla variety but I like your suggestion. Thanks!
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!
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.
Oh, that’s lovely! Calla lilies are a personal favorite. I have some potted ones in the sunroom that should start emerging again within the next few weeks. Happy Blogiversary!
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.
Happy Anniversary, and this is the perfect arrangement for that celebration. This is truly a show stopper. I love it.
Thanks Judy! Eleven years seems hard to believe. Glad we connected here. Glad you like the flowers. We’re enjoying them for sure.
Happy Anniversary! and what a stunning arrangement to celebrate. ❤
Many thanks Sandra! Flowers do make a celebration!
Happy Blogging Anniversary, and a truly wonderful arrangement for celebrate too. Many thanks for sharing your arrangements.
Thanks Noelle. I look forward to seeing your vases each week!
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!
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!
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! 😃
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.
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 😉
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.
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.
Thank you very much!