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In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

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 – Standing Together

Blue containers, yellow flowers. I have no sunflowers to feature this morning but perhaps you will agree daffodils are appropriate.

Among the most democratic of flowers, daffodils are long-lasting, easy for everyone to grow,  rewarding to pass-along. A great equalizer, this time of year nearly every house in North Carolina, large or small, shares a few bright yellow blooms with passersby.

In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

The courageous flowers amaze us with their resilience. They are stalwarts, consoling us after a long winter, gladdening our hearts, filling us with optimism, giving notice of renewal. While they cannot bring peace they can symbolize a brighter way to lead and live.

In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

Materials
Flowers
Narcissus ‘King Alfred’
Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’
Narcissus (unknown miniature)
Foliage
Container
Various ceramic blue pots (Ikebana rectangle, Pringle Pottery pitcher, olive oil cruet)

In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

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.

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

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 – February Revelry

I usually like to prepare my vase on Sunday but felt too indecisive. Being out in the garden early this morning was not a bad thing though. It was sunny, already above freezing and now just after 11 a.m. it is 57°F. and heading toward 66°F.

I returned indoors with snips of hellebores, daffodils and pansies, winter daphne, spirea and gardenia foliage, set to work. Eventually I found myself emerging from a satisfying floral meditation.

Belying the serene atmosphere in which it was created, the resulting arrangement feels rather festive and full of energy.

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

Materials
Flowers
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Pansy ‘Delta™ Berry Tart Mix’ (Viola × wittrockiana)
Pansy ‘Panola® Purple’ (Viola × wittrockiana)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches. Red wooden platter.

The daffodils…

Daffodils in Blue Vase

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.

February Trend

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

February days flow between winter’s cold and the warmth of early spring.

On the warm days one can sense the bustle of life underground and know things are happening.

Garden With Meditation Circle

Hellebores seem weeks late this year. At last some are coming into flower.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

I ventured out a week ago, my first garden center trip in two years. To state that in writing seems absurd.

I bought a Euphorbia x Martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’ and 72 pot-bound pansies for the meditation circle at greatly reduced prices. There were plenty of temptingly fresh pansies but the tired ones are greening up nicely after receiving some attention. They have yet to make an impact from afar, but up close they are strong.

Pansy ‘Delta™ Berry Tart Mix’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

Pansy ‘Delta™ Berry Tart Mix’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

Pansy ‘Delta™ Premium Pure Light Blue’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

Pansy ‘MG II Clear Mix’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

Pansy ‘Panola® Purple’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

I wonder should the euphorbia be cut back?

Euphorbia x Martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’

One of my favorite ground covers was in stock (and not on sale). I had much luck with Candytuft in the early years of this garden, but of late it is short-lived.

Iberis s. ‘Alexander’s White’ (Candytuft)

As I await many new fall-planted bulbs to appear, I have seed packets on hand and mail orders scheduled to help fill the garden this year. As February days trend toward spring everything seems possible, even lupines.

Perennial Lupine (from seed)

In A Vase On Monday – Early Signals

In A Vase On Monday – Early Signals

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

The past week brought some lovely sunny days with temperatures reaching into the 60s and even 70s° F. but the narcissus are not convinced winter is done. Daffodils have been peeking above ground since before Christmas. Recently tentative yellow buds became noticeable. There were a few early scouts, which I plucked to share with you this Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Early Signals

The miniature Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’ were perfectly suited to this tiny vase, but the long stems of the two Narcissus ‘King Alfred’ on the right were trimmed considerably.

Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’

Narcissus ‘King Alfred’

Materials
Flowers
Narcissus ‘King Alfred’
Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’
Foliage
Container
Runner vase, 2-inch high blue bottles

In A Vase On Monday – Early Signals

Happy Valentine’s Day!  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.

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

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

The last of the holiday Amaryllis opened overnight, delaying a planned debut of this year’s hellebores. Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’ had already exceeded expectations with it first two stalks before sending up one more.

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

The vase is a hefty amphora created by our daughter during her high school days.

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

Materials
Flowers
Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’ (Hippeastrum)
Foliage
English Lavender
Container
Amphora

A dozen robins joined a backyard garden party of cardinals, wrens, mourning doves, towhees a couple of days ago, forming a cheerful reminder spring is on the way. Several days before I counted a half-dozen Red-winged Blackbirds gathering briefly in the redbud tree before continuing on their way.

I had help this year readying the garden—rabbit fencing and the first weeding, cutting back and mulching chores are checked off the list.  Daffodils have been pushing through since December. Their buds are finally starting to show. A few spring flowers are on order.  How about you?

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.

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

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

It has been a bit unusual to have a January with three weekends of snow. This time the snow disappeared quickly and the yoga class I teach went forward as scheduled yesterday. Today sun is shining with 37°F. temperatures that are forecast toward 50°F. Days are lengthening.

Several pots of indoor cyclamen are beginning to bloom this week. I shifted one’s contents into a vase for a quick Monday contribution. Posed with holiday amaryllis and a stack of favorite gardening titles, I aim to keep winter weariness at bay.

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

Materials
Flowers and Foliage
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
Cyclamen
Container
Ceramic Urn Stamped “Vintage 4”

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

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.

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

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.

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

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.

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

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.

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

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.

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

Materials
Flowers
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
Chrysanthemum (remnants of purchased bouquet)
Foliage
Gardenia
Lichen-covered branch
Container
Glassware

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

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.

Flowery Views

Deconstructed Vase II

I spent a few minutes this morning deconstructing yesterday’s In A Vase On Monday contribution, the one composed of purchased bouquets.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

I wanted to pursue an idea to create an Ikebana design using the Gerbera daisies in the black rectangular container, but I shifted gears right away. It proved more practical to lift out the Gerberas and style them into a different vase rather than to remove all the other materials from the black vase. The vision in my head never materialized but I ended up with two distinct arrangements, that diverge from the original in interesting ways.

Deconstructed Vase I

Deconstructed Vase I

Eventually I removed that tall Sweet William in back at left, which I had liked, but the second version feels more balanced and less tense.

Deconstructed Vase I

The remaining flowers required some shifting around but nothing major. There’s no daring but I ended up liking this incarnation with its soothing, limited palette.

Deconstructed Vase II

Deconstructed Vase II

Deconstructed Vase II

Deconstructed Vase II

It would be fun to rework the vases everyday all week but that probably won’t happen. This was a good exercise though.

 

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

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.

Second stem of Amaryllis ‘Tres Chic’ had 7 buds

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.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

Materials
Flowers
Chrysanthemum
Dianthus
Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii)
Hydrangea
Foliage
Boxwood
Gardenia
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.
Floral foam

The container is the cast iron one introduced last week. It is a perfect shape and size.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

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.

 

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.

 

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens. I have had my eye on several Amaryllis buds but they’re not quite open. Several other ideas did not pan out, so today although the year is new the vase materials are not.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

These calla lilies had been blooming in a pot for a couple weeks before I cut them (and the lavender) to use in a vase on November 29, 2021. This marks their fourth appearance being featured in a Monday vase. I have been amazed at their vase life.  Other callas have not had this kind of staying power.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

Keeping them company are beautiful magnolia foliage from large branches my neighbor brought over in mid-December for the holidays. I chose a few of the smallest glossy green leaves to accent the flowers and I used a different vase—the blue seemed to work well with the flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

Materials
Flowers
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Foliage
Lavender
Magnolia
Container

Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)

I’ve been exploring recently-added features to some photo software. I like the effect of the cleaner look after removing the background.

Happy New Year to everyone!  Wishing you a year of good health, good gardens and good deeds (giving and receiving) in the upcoming year.  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.

Butterfly Journal – 2021 Review

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Monitoring butterflies in my garden this year was enriching and endearing.

When I committed to the idea of recording all my observations it was April. I’d already seen a few butterflies. In 2020 I had seen over 30 individuals and I imagined if I were diligent it would be possible, or at least very cool, to see 100 total during 2021.

My projection was way off. By late November as I recorded my last observation of 2021, an American Lady, the final count had risen to 600 individuals from among 30 species.  I assembled some simple charts to help me put my butterfly records into perspective.

The butterflies appeared slowly at first, beginning in April. The peak month was July.

PAPILIONIDAE – 8 spp. in NC

Eight species from the Papilionidae butterfly family are found in North Carolina. I saw four of them this year in the garden.

Swallowtails (Papilioninae)

Some of the largest and prettiest are swallowtails—colorful and fast-moving.

The first butterfly of the season was an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. They are described as Common/Abundant in the Piedmont region where I live. (Interestingly I did not spot a Spicebush Swallowtail this year though it is listed as common in all parts of the state.)

June 28, 2021 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) – Male

The other three swallowtails that visited (Black, Pipevine, Zebra) are listed for my county as uncommon and were indeed outnumbered by the Eastern Tiger 70 to 15.

September 11, 2021 – Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

June 9, 2021 – Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

July 20, 2021 – Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

 

PIERIDAE – 16 spp. in NC

Of sixteen species in the Pieridae family found in North Carolina, three visited my garden in 2021. The abundance of Cabbage White and Cloudless Sulphur are listed as Uncommon/Common for my section of the state. (That designation seems confusing, but the region is geographically large and populations can be local within a region.) Sleepy Orange is listed as Common.

Sulphurs (Coliadinae)

September 20, 2021 Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) -Open Wings

September 18, 2021 Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Whites (Pierinae)

June 21, 2021 – Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

LYCAENIDAE – 30 spp. in NC (Gossamer-winged butterflies)

In the Lycaenidae family only about half the species are seen in my area. I saw 3 species of Hairstreaks and two species of Blues.

Hairstreaks (Theclinae)

The White M Hairstreak is considered Rare/Uncommon here. This year was the first time seeing them. I am told they do not often frequent a garden setting so I was particularly happy to twice see one.

September 16, 2021 -White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)

September 17, 2021 Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

July 3, 2021 -Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) on Liatris spicata ‘Blazing Star’

Blues (Polyommatinae)

Listed as Common here, Summer Azure is the only butterfly recorded this year for which I did not get a photo. Just as a point of reference I include a picture taken in 2013, the only other year I recorded one in my garden. Eastern Tailed-Blue is listed as Common/Abundant in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, but I saw just four.

Archive Photo. August 15, 2013 – Summer Azure (C. neglecta) on Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower)

September 29, 2021 Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)

NYMPHALIDAE (Brush-footed butterflies) – 50 spp. in NC

The Nymphalidae family is also known as brush-footed butterflies. This year I saw species from two of the sub-families: Milkweed Butterflies and True Brush-foots.

Some were noticeably absent. In my garden two years ago (2019) I saw Painted Lady, Gulf Fritillary and Variegated Fritillary, last year (2020) I saw Viceroy, Red-spotted Purple and American Snout; however this year in 2021 none of those Nymphalidae species appeared in the garden. (I finally did spot a Painted Lady at the grocery store one day!)

Milkweed Butterflies (Danainae)

National reports of increased populations of Monarchs were good news this year. In my garden I recorded 24, but it feels like fewer visited than normal.

November 13, 2021 – Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

True Brush-foots (Nymphalinae)

I saw my first Question Mark this year. It sped away before I could get close. The species is listed as Common here, as is American Lady. Common Buckeye, Pearl Crescent are Common/Abundant.

June 14, 2021 Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

July 21, 2021 – American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

June 12, 2021 Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

September 14, 2021 Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

HESPERIIDAE  (Skippers) – 73 spp. in NC

Thirteen species from the Hesperiidae family came to the garden this year.  Of the 7 lifers I excitedly observed this year, 5 were from this family: Hoary Edge, Southern Broken-Dash, Eufala Skipper, Little Glassywing and Common Checkered-Skipper.

Dicot Skippers (Eudaminae)

July 26, 2021 – Hoary Edge (Thorybes lyciades)

September 13, 2021 Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

Spread-wing Skippers (Pyrginae)

October 3, 2021 – Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)

July 10, 2021 -Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

Grass Skippers (Hesperiinae)

September 2, 2021 – Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris)

November 12, 2021 – Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

June 8, 2021 – Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

August 9, 2021 Little Glassywing (Pompeius verna)

July 9, 2021 -Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

August 14, 2021 Zabulon Skipper (Lon zabulon), male

August 11, 2021 Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

October 3, 2021 – Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

August 16, 2021 Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

This brings to a close my butterfly project for 2021. Thanks for your keen interest throughout the past months. I’ve appreciated your comments, your sharing of your own butterfly sightings, your enthusiasm. Your encouragement kept me motivated.

Happy Butterflying!

References

pbmGarden 2021 Butterfly Journals

Butterflies of North Carolina

Jeff’s North Carolina Butterfly Page

iNaturalist

pbmGarden on iNaturalist

NC Biodiversity Project

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia Hips

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia Hips

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

In some years gardenia hips form on the shrubs like a decorative motif. On Christmas Eve I found this couple and brought them indoors. The container is a sugar bowl from our daughter’s childhood tea set. It is sitting on top of a walnut table she designed.

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia Hips

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia Hips

2021 Favorites

As year 2021 closes I thank you for reading and Cathy for hosting In A Vase On Monday. There are many fine and interesting garden memes but this one caught my imagination. I have long loved having fresh flowers in the house when they were available. By participating in IAVOM I have been inspired to grow more flowers for every season. I derive pleasure and many ideas from seeing the vases of others shared weekly from across the globe, and am heartened and encouraged by those of you who take time to check out my vases on Mondays.

I chose a few of my favorite florals from my collection of 2021 vases (see Floral Design menu for other years).

Glimpse Of Spring -March 1, 2021

Daffodils In Green Vase -March 8, 2021

Iris Spring -April 19, 2021

Coral Trove -April 26, 2021

Sunrise and Dark Night -June 28, 2021

Summer Flowers In Black Vessel -August 30, 2021

Savoring The Moment -October 18, 2021

Holiday Mood -December 20, 2021.

Wishing you a floriferous and peaceful year ahead!

Visit Cathy at Rambling In The Garden to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Mood

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 – Holiday Mood

The Calla lilies and vase used the previous two Mondays are back for a third appearance. I don’t think I have ever had an arranged flowers last so long. The lilies, still looking fresh, remain mostly in their original spots, with the last three flowers from the potted calla lily plant added to fill in the design.

The lily foliage, which had faded to a golden yellow last week, finally browned and was removed. Greenery used today is from the garden, columbine and fragrant sprigs of rosemary and lavender.

Columbine and Callas

Calla Lilies with Rosemary

A lovely Amaryllis bulb gift from a yoga friend just before Thanksgiving produced 4 large red flowers on a single and has a second stem as well.

Amaryllis

I was photographing the amaryllis this week, unfortunately knocking off one of the blooms in the process. Saved a few days in a small vase, today the flower serves as a bright red focal point.

Amaryllis Surrounded By Columbine

With the addition of the red amaryllis, the design called for more red. My solution was to add a spare cutting of Poinsettia and a stem of faux berries. They helped with balance and with composition.

Callas, Poinsettia And Faux Berries

In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Mood

Materials
Flowers
Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Foliage
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Lavender
Rosemary
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches.

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.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

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

We have had warm days recently and a slight amount of rain. Later this week temperatures will return to the 70s, but this morning it is 26°F. I expect I could locate a camellia to share but instead I have chosen to share an example of aging.

Last Monday’s vase featured a new container and inside, cuttings from a potted calla lily to which I was drawn due to its deep claret flowers. I have enjoyed this pairing immensely and my husband even has commented on it several times during the past week.

Original Design Last Week:  In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

Today, these flowers remain quite fresh, but the foliage of the calla lily has aged considerably.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

I considered replacing the greenery with something evergreen, but with each day’s changes, increasingly I have come to admire the transforming leaves, as over the course of time they have assumed a honeyed-pineapple glow.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

The aging process brought a new appreciation, a new perspective to the arrangement.

Materials
Flowers, Foliage
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

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.

A Week Of Flowers – Day Seven

Iris ‘Crimson King’

The second year of A Week of Flowers hosted by Cathy of Words and Herbs is coming to a close.

Here we are at Day Seven and I have yet to include irises. I love Irises and have some passalongs I’ve been growing since the late seventies such as this Iris ‘Crimson King’. It was the first iris to open this year−by March 30.

Iris ‘Crimson King’

On this final day of A Week Of Flowers, I’d like to thank Cathy for hosting. For an uplifting color boost this week visit Cathy in Germany at Words and Herbs to see florals from around the globe.

 

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

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 – Claret With Texture

I purchased a beautiful potted calla lily a couple of weeks ago enticed by its deep claret flowers, knowing some portion of it might end up in a Monday vase.  These alluring waxy flowers quickly came together into a comfortable assemblage I find pleasing.

Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)

It is perhaps the vase, not the flowers, that is the primary focal point of today’s design. Newly purchased through an online estate sale of vases, this refined container belonged to a garden club friend, Jinny. A respected floral designer, horticulture judge and long-standing member of our local garden club, Jinny was the first person I met in the club when I joined—she welcomed me then and always with a friendly smile. In 2013 when I participated in the garden club’s floral design classes, she was one of the excellent teachers. I appreciated Jinny’s encouragement and am ever grateful for her inspiration.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

I am looking forward to experimenting with this vase so you may see it often.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

Materials
Flowers, Foliage
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

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.