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In A Vase On Monday – Chrysanthemum and Camellia

In A Vase On Monday – Chrysanthemum and Camellia

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

I love daylight saving time but the time shift yesterday brought an extra hour of early morning enjoyment. The ground was covered with a very light first frost that quickly disappeared. I used the time to gather chrysanthemums and camellias for today’s vase and place them into water for conditioning, before heading off to teach my weekly Gentle Yoga class.

In A Vase On Monday – Chrysanthemum and Camellia

Both these flowers have been blossoming for several weeks. Wishing I had used some Oasis to help keep the stems in position, I went round and round inserting, removing and re-inserting these flowers until it was simply time to stop and appreciate the gift of fresh blooms in November.

In A Vase On Monday – Chrysanthemum and Camellia

The sasanqua has a light, but sweet fragrance that makes it all the more enticing.

In A Vase On Monday – Chrysanthemum and Camellia

Materials
Flowers
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’ (Hardy Chrysanthemum)
Foliage
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Iris leaves
Container
Raku ware, unknown artist, circa 1978.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement composed of materials collected from our gardens.

As October soon draws to a close, the garden continues to offer some cheer. Last vestiges of zinnias and a few more Dahlia ‘Fireworks’ fill this week’s blue mug.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

There are three colors of the dahlia plants from the Fireworks series that I picked up at a garden center early in summer. I would not grow them again. The yellow-red combination is not to my taste., the pinkish-red one is a little better. I prefer the apricot-peach one (tucked in bottom right of previous photo) but it blooms less well.

A Pair of Dahlia ‘Fireworks’

A volunteer marigold flowered in an abandoned terra cotta pot, opening just in time for me to add it to this week’s arrangement.

Autumn Marigolds

Dahlia ‘Fireworks’

Here are a few more close-ups. The zinnias are tiny at this time of year, but some still are beautiful.

Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)

Purple Angelonia With Zinnia and Verbena

Angelonia, Zinnia, Verbena Bonariensis

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry) is native and attracts birds. I watched a mockingbird eating the odd-colored berries and seemingly savoring each one.

Magenta Berries of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Materials
Flowers
Angelonia angustifolia ‘Purple’
Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)
Celosia plumosa ‘Castle Mix’ (Feather Celosia)
Dahlia ‘Fireworks’
Marigold
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)
Foliage
Marigold
Vase
Ceramic mug

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink October

In A Vase On Monday – Pink October

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement composed of materials collected from our gardens.

I look forward to preparing a Monday vase each week and had planned to round up the last of the zinnias for today, but wow they really are past now. Time to pull them out and finally plant the pansies I bought a few days ago.

No frost yet but suddenly the air is chilly, clean and brisk. Yesterday’s sky was deep blue as neighbors gathered near the playground for an annual community BooFest, celebrating Halloween and harvest.

It seems strange but pink flowers seem to dominate this October.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ is full of buds. Not many flowers are ready yet but I found two to use as a starting point for an arrangement.  Oops! One dropped all petals as I began to work.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’

A pass-along from my neighbor Nancy, Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’ is just opening as well, with only a few flowers available.

Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’ (Hardy Chrysanthemum)

Yarrow is having a second flush of flowering recently. All the fancy Achillea hybrids in beautiful colors die out quickly in my garden, but this pass-along pink is aggressively loyal.

Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

The three mixed Dahlia ‘Fireworks’ plants bought early in summer are looking stronger, but they have not been noteworthy. I cut two of the pinkish cherry red for a different pop of color. Another dahlia from this series is yellow with red markings, which I strongly dislike and did not cut, and the third is a salmony-apricot that I do like, but its produces the fewest blooms.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink October

For filler I used a few stems of Perovskia, which is also staging a nice comeback this month in the side garden. I found two stems of Arum italicum to use for foliage.

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) and Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’ (Hardy Chrysanthemum), Arum italicum leaf

The container is a triangular black Ikebana vase that I used many times. It is a perfect size to hold and highlight just a few flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink October

Materials
Flowers
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’ (Hardy Chrysanthemum)
Dahlia ‘Fireworks’
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Foliage
Arum italicum
Vase
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

In A Vase On Monday – Pink October

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Aloe And Iris

In A Vase On Monday – Aloe And Iris

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement composed of materials collected from our gardens.

Aloe from last week’s vase made an easily accessible starting point for today. The focal point is a reblooming yellow iris from a foundation bed in front of the house. The timing of this iris is interesting—one in the back garden had already bloomed a full month earlier.

Reblooming Iris – a passalong

This one opened Friday, the day after Hurricane Michael passed through town. We were extremely fortunate, not even losing power, though many neighborhoods nearby were without for days due to fallen trees crashing on power lines.  On a day following a hurricane the sky is always clear blue, incredulously intense, pristinely innocent.

Leaves from Gold Dust Aucuba and cuttings from some ubiquitous-in-autumn, yellow potted chrysanthemums serve as filler.

Reblooming Iris and Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust Aucuba)

Materials
Flowers
Chrysanthemum
Iris
Foliage
Aloe
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust Aucuba)
Vase

Ceramic bowl, black matte exterior, red glazed interior
Weighted florist’s pin, black

In A Vase On Monday – Aloe And Iris

This black and white study of the chrysanthemum buds illustrates how yellow serves as white in balancing light and darks in a floral design.

In A Vase On Monday – Aloe And Iris

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement composed of materials collected from our gardens.

The inspiration for today’s vase is a large piece of the kitchen aloe I keep handy at all times. I intended to let the aloe be the focal point, but I kept filling in with other cuttings from the autumn garden until the design veered drastically from my initial idea.

Aloe

An overgrown section of aloe was positioned upright into a florist’s pin resembling spokes of a wagon wheel. As more materials were added the aloe became more horizontal without me realizing it.

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

Plum-tinged by the weather, Aquilegia foliage is featured front and center, its soft hue echoed and reenforced by surrounding spires of purple angelonia.

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

Richly colored salvia and bright zinnias add zesty accents.

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)

Materials
Aloe
Angelonia ’Purple’ (summer snapdragon)
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)
Dahlia ‘Fireworks’
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)
Vase
Ceramic bowl, black matte exterior, red glazed interior

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

In A Vase On Monday – October Plum

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.