Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
Last weekend’s sleet and freezing rain cleared quickly, but next we had deep cold and (a beautiful) snow this past weekend. In the throes of winter I find myself grateful for the plant therapy multiple gifts of Amaryllis have provided.
They look beautiful blooming on the plant, they last well in a vase. These particular Amaryllis, wildly prolific, were a gift from our sweet niece and husband, Julie and Gordon.
Usually I prepare my Monday vase a day early, but yesterday found me uncertain as to how to use the Amaryllis. This morning an idea came, though it soon evolved, as usual, toward a different concept. I followed along.
As I was fussing over some detail, sunlight burst into the foyer through a large upper story window. Light, announcing itself a ready participant, became the final element in the design. I grabbed the camera.
Chrysanthemum (remnants of purchased bouquet)
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.
Very pretty..the lighting is striking
. My vases always evolve. I’m looking at the blog on my phone.. thought you had cauliflower in there 🤣
Cauliflower would work! The light happened at just the right time. I was lost and didn’t know where else to take the arrangement, so it woke me to just stop right there and enjoy the light.
I often get a ray of light and snap some pictures. Looked again and love the mum in the tall wine glass/candleholder thingy.
Thank you! I bought those in college thinking they were wine glasses–probably liqueur glasses–I’ve always loved them.
Love the glasses, too. Not sure what they are for..chrysanthemums, broccoli, cauliflower, amaretto?
It is so nice to have amaryllis in the winter months.
So true Judy. I’ve come to appreciate them more than ever this winter.
What a creative arrangement. Love the use of a mossy branch and surrounding vases of bright green mums. The shaft of light adds another element of drama. Cheryl
Thank you Cheryl! I used that branch several years ago in a Monday vase and saved it all this time. Spied it this morning when retrieving the little green stones. By the way, your amaryllis is sending up yet another stalk. So fun.
Very artistic, Susie, and how wonderful that the sun elected to participate!
Thank you Kris. It was nice to make a little challenge for myself. The light rescued me before I fussed with it all morning!
What a brilliant result, Susie – did inspiration come in a dream? 😉 As always, your execution is impeccable, and the effect of the light enhances the whole effect – a unique and classical result
Thanks Cathy. Nothing so exotic as a dream. The inspiration just came as I tried to imagine whether to cut only one or multiple stems of amaryllis, how long should the stem be, what vase haven’t I used lately. I remembered a glass vase Christina bought for me when she visited some years back. It’s very tall so I don’t often have flowers long enough to work with it. As I fetched it I came across a tall narrow green glass vase my sister had given me. I imagined using the green vase inside the larger clear one holding a single stem with many flowers. Then it seemed like it needed something more and it went on from there.
Thanks Sandra! Fun to try something different.
Oh, I can not bear to cut amaryllis flowers! It seems so wrong. I don’t know why. I have no problem cutting other flowers.
I understand. I worried vase life might be short but actually the amaryllis hold up really well.
The wild naturalized Amaryllis belladonna do not last long when cut, but are so abundant that I do not mind. They only bloom with that obnoxiously bright pink though. (I am considering the acquisition of a few white bulbs; but can not justify spending money on a weed.)
The Amaryllis, together Chrysanthemum with their sharp colour, the light and shadows made up for a lovely artistic focal point.
Thanks Noelle. The light became an unexpected and important in how this turned out.
Wow! That light was the finishing touch! Is that a green glass vase within the vase? The lichen covered twig was an excellent idea. 😃
Yes, the slender green vase is just the right size to hold the amaryllis. I’d saved the lichen from another vase project some years back and was glad to find another chance to use it.
Lovely living sculptural design, Susie. The sunny spotlight was the perfect complement!
Thank you ELiza. I tried to create a little challenge for myself.