Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens. I confess this week only the box and gardenia foliage comes from my garden.
I have a new Amaryllis ‘Tres Chic’ stem exploding with blooms to share this week. Since this photograph was taken more buds have opened–now five of seven buds are fully open on this gorgeous Hippeastrum.
A hurried shopping expedition ahead of the weekend’s winter storm altered my plans to feature only the amaryllis. At the grocery store I gave in to an impulse purchase of fresh cut flowers.
First I was smitten with the red Sweet William and green and white hydrangeas and I pictured they would look nice combined with the amaryllis. I chose a companion bundle of pink dianthus for filler to keep the arrangement from being just Christmas colors; nevertheless, green, red and white were the colors of the amaryllis so I stayed with them instead of giving in to some lovely and tempting orange roses. Green chrysanthemums looked very fresh and the offering of Gerbera daisies in rich red was irresistible.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain fell upon the garden all day Sunday. In the afternoon I entertained myself by preparing the flowers for today—bright splashes of color to counter the gray winter skies.
Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii)
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.
The container is the cast iron one introduced last week. It is a perfect shape and size.
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.
Lovely arrangement. The Amaryllis stopped me in my tracks though. It is not only beautiful but what an absolutely perfect container. Gorgeous.
Thanks Judy. I believe a friend of my daughter made that vase when they were in school. It is heavy and proved perfect for displaying the amaryllis.
Very pretty, Susie. I am not usually a Gerbera fan, but I love the way you used them in the arrangement. They will grow here, you have inspired me to look for some to try. That container is fabulous!
Amy, I’ve not been a big fan of Gerbera either and have never had any luck growing them. This rich red is pretty cool though and originally I thought they’d work well with some amaryllis I was planning to use, then changed plans. Glad you like the container–specially tried to show some of the detail today. I really like it too.
The Gerbera look great cut short like that…
Flowers are food for the soul – glad you gave in to the impulse, Susie, the result is beautiful!
I agree, Eliza! Flowers do fill a need.
That is a gorgeous amaryllis. You really know how to dress up the grocery store flowers, your vase looks great.
I intended to use that amaryllis in with the bought flowers, but decided it stood well alone. I have a few others that just opened this morning. Each is different and quite interesting to follow.
Another spectacular arrangement, Susie! It doesn’t look Christmas-y to me at all despite the color mix. I love the vivid Gerbera daisies and the chartreuse green Chrysanthemums and green-tinged Hydrangeas provide a Spring-like note. I’m sorry your weather has turned nasty and I hope the storm doesn’t cause any of the serious issues I’ve heard of elsewhere.
Oh, good–didn’t want it to seem stuck in the holidays, although the Gerberas would work for Valentine’s Day. Sun is shining today and there is some melting. This has been enough winter for me!
The shape of your lovely metal container has great potential for creaing interesting vases, with its wide area to make use of. The gerbera and red Sweet William are such a glorious colour and look brilliant set against the whites and greens – you are so inventive with your material, Susie!
I agree about those reds. Thinking of taking this apart in another day or so to experiment with those Gerberas. We’ll see. I’m so pleased with this new container. It does seem versatile.
Will you share with us how you get on, Susie? I did have a look on Etsy for interesting containers, but there is so much choice, although I could really do with rationalising my vases, because some are never used…🙄
Oh, but you need all those vases–you never know what size or style you’re going to need until the flowers speak to you! If I rework the flowers I will be happy to share.
Cathy, I made two vases yesterday from Monday’s vase. https://pbmgarden.blog/2022/01/18/flowery-views/
This is just the kind of impulse I need on a cold winter’s day, Susie, such an awesome composition with the red flowers perfectly chosen and placed.
Thank you Annette. I’m glad to have the flowers to enjoy–so glad I gave in to the impulse. The reds are intense. I should try as you have done to dry the hydrangeas to extend their enjoyment.
Well, it is excellent anyway. I used to grow cut flowers while I was in school, so I can not be too critical here.
You have broad experiences Tony.
That was one of the advantages of an unstable career. I have enjoyed it very much though.
Thank you so much! iPhone magic!
A good idea to pick up some flowers for a snowy weekend…. such a pretty arrangement! I love Gerbera daisies, and those rich ruby red ones are gorgeous. 😃
Thanks Cathy! The flowers proved to be a good diversion from the dreary weather.
I love the warmth of the colors, Susie — perfect for a chilly winter’s day. Gerberas are offered here as cool season annuals, but I’ve never grown them, though I do like the vibrant colors. Love the way you’ve scaled them with the big hydrangea heads.
Hope you are staying warm and well!
Thanks Amy! I have never had Gerberas to arrange that I can remember. They’re huge so the large hydrangeas heads made a good foil.