In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

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

This week I offer an arc of delicately colored hellebores in creams and soft pinks, a set of summer snowflakes, and a pair of spirea stems with flowers beginning to unfold.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)

Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)

Beneath the standing flowers, additional hellebores rest gently, floating atop the pool of cool water.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

Materials
Flowers
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

It was warm when I gathered the flowers on Saturday so before arranging them I placed them in water overnight to recover from the stress. By the next morning about half had drooped significantly. Others were fine.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

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 enjoying this week.

41 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

  1. Wild Daffodil

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!
    I always look forward to seeing your arrangements. ❤
    [You might want to look at the link left in the comments on Cathy's post 🙂 ]

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      1. pbmgarden Post author

        Oh, gosh, yes that does put things on hold. I came across a picture of my garden of snow in April here, so winter has not necessarily left us yet. Good luck1

  2. tonytomeo

    Snowflake and spiraea are rad! My snowflake does not bloom in summer, but instead bloomed in winter, while snowdrop bloomed elsewhere. It is good to see it appreciated. The allure or snowdrop escapes me.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’m a bit tired of my spiraea. Getting a bit unruly and likes to travel. I would love a bank of snowdrops but so far haven’t obsessed. The few I’ve tried didn’t make it.

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      1. tonytomeo

        Some of those snowdrops are too expense to not make it! I would like snowflake to cover a ‘significant’ area, but will not put much work into it. They have performed well enough for me to split the colony and scatter the bulbs, but I will not purchase any. If I ever try snowdrop, it will be just a few bulbs of a cheap and common cultivar, and preferably a wild sort if there is such a thing.

  3. Cathy

    You never fail to produce something special for IAVOM, Susie. The pastels work even better with the dark and solid contrast of the ikebana dish, and the way you have placed the blooms in an arc is so effective, with the spiraea stems adding additional balance. I noted your use of words too: ‘Beneath the standing flowers, additional hellebores rest gently, floating atop the pool of cool water’ – what a meditative image that is, Susie, thank you 👍

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Cathy. I taught yoga yesterday morning so must have still be in a meditative mood. And I was thinking earlier this morning when I’m arranging flowers is one time when I feel truly “in the moment.”

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  4. Kris P

    This is so pretty and delicate, Susie. The empty space on the left side of the bathtub-shaped container contributes to the sense of peace and tranquility the arrangement conveys.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. Oh I’m so glad you feel the peace and tranquility. I tried to leave enough breathing space. Probably could have done with fewer floating hellebores but couldn’t completely restrain myself.

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  5. Beth@PlantPostings

    So beautiful and elegant. I have Hellebores starting to emerge, but we just got a fresh coating of snow and expect cold temperatures on the weekend. I’m planning to rake off the leaf cover next week, and then I’m sure there will be many more treasures as our weather warms. Great time of year! Your arrangement warmed my heart.

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      1. pbmgarden Post author

        Yea! I have some that should be shipped about Mar 21. Bought more than I have room for and a lot fewer than I wanted.

      2. pbmgarden Post author

        I did the first year but they were quite sparse. When I see beautiful displays of them in pictures they seem to be growing much closer. They do need some air circulation around them I’m told.

  6. Annette

    Pure bliss, Susie, perfectly balanced and arranged. The Spirea is very pretty. I saw a pink one which looked very similar to yours. Your Leucojum are flowering early.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks you Annette. Pink sounds pretty for spirea. This one has not bloomed well the past few years. I just read you can cut it down to 8 inches in fall. It needs reshaping but that sounds drastic. Its biggest problem is sending out runners in every direction. Yet, here it is sharing its beauty. The Leucojum must bloom in summer somewhere, hence the name, but they show up here mid-late February and last a long while. Have a good week.

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  7. Anna

    Oh that is such a soft and gentle arrangement Suzie and so soothing on the eye. Here although hellebores are looking good it will be a while before spirea is in flower. Such a pleasing combination together and the summer snowflakes complete the picture perfectly.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Anna! Interesting about the bloom time difference in spirea. We had several 80F days that encouraged flowering, but it is pretty much on schedule.

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  8. Cathy

    Your hellebores are stunning, and the snowflakes beautiful too! I love the way you have floated a few hellebores at the base of the arrangement in a ‘pool’. So calming and pretty. 😃

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. As the week progressed the flowers did well until Thursday when the hellebores suddenly drooped and the snowflakes turned brown. The branches of spiraea and the floating hellebores remain for a few more days. This one has felt calming to me and I’m glad you felt it too.

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