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Late November

It was 24°F. when I left to teach yoga this morning. After class I braved the still below freezing morning temperature to explore the recently cleaned up garden.  Usually I wait for late winter/early spring to begin the clearing, but I hired some gardening help this year because the garden has gotten out of control. Voles had destroyed a Blue Point Juniper hedge and those trees were dying all summer.  Finally now they are all removed and the southern border looks very exposed.

Southern Border

Now I can see the outlines of the beds. It is not really a clean slate because there still are many aggressive plant roots biding their time, but for now I feel relieved. The meditation circle is free of obstacles and I can reset the stones and enjoying walking the labyrinth once again. My last minute bulb ordered arrived just before Thanksgiving and I can start getting them in the ground.

Meditation Circle

A dwarf Itea with its nice fall color was revealed during the clean-up. Inexplicably the shrub was planted several years ago at the back of a border, where it is hidden most of the time.

Itea virginica ‘Sprich’ LITTLE HENRY (Virginia sweetspire)

Itea virginica ‘Sprich’ LITTLE HENRY (Virginia sweetspire)

Confused, little mixed-up daffodils found the weekend’s 60°F. warmth encouraging enough to peek out. They don’t seem phased by the deep chill.

Daffodils

After the clean-up there is little left in place to offer unexpected blooms, but a couple of dianthus flowers stood out in the sunlight.

Dianthus Ideal Select Mix

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

Each Monday from Rambling In The Garden Cathy invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

Two of my sisters visited during Thanksgiving weekend to help celebrate my husband’s birthday and I was thrilled to receive a gift of my own—this amazing amaryllis Cindy grew. A dwarf hybrid, whose name is forgotten, came planted in a charming white tin bucket and already displaying 4 open blooms on one stalk. A fifth flower has since opened. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photograph before cutting the flowering stem to allow it to condition in water overnight.

I read the hippeastrum should last two weeks as a cut flower or ten days left attached to the bulb.

There is a second stalk growing from the bulb as well. Though buds are not visible yet on the second one, perhaps this amaryllis will make its way into a future Monday vase.

The tops of these flowers exhibit white petals smudged with pink, while the lower petals are pure white. Centers are a rich lime green.

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

Variegated, heart-shaped leaves gently frame today’s flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

My neighbor Carrie passed along this philodendron cutting a few weeks ago and it quickly took root in water. (Hers is quietly traversing and conquering great swaths of territory in her house.)

I enjoy the way the philodendron roots serve here to add both weight and movement to the bottom half of the bud vase.

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

Before settling on this clear vase I tried several options, including a pink hand-blown perfume bottle. The amaryllis stalk was much too thick, but I kept the bottle as a companion. The lines in the bottle pick up the floating curves of the philodendron roots.

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

Materials

Flowers
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)
Foliage
Philodendron
Container
Glass bud vase

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

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 And White Trio

In A Vase On Monday – Pink And White Trio

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

More camellias today, a trio of Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ which have been featured several times recently.  I had found another Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ bloom to include today as well, but the camellias seemed to prefer to go it alone today.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink And White Trio

Materials
Flowers
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Foliage
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Container
Rounded white glass bowl

In A Vase On Monday – Pink And White Trio

In A Vase On Monday – Pink And White Trio

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.

Bulbs – “Oh, My!”

Just placed a bulb order with Longfield Gardens, on a whim. We have had so much rain lately it will be easy to see where not to plant them. The meditation circle was flooded for a day. And the ground is soggy.

Sunshine today makes all things seem possible, even the likelihood of getting these bulbs in the ground.

In A Vase On Monday – Anniversary Five

In A Vase On Monday – Anniversary Five

On January 14, 2014 I began creating weekly vases and participating in a popular ritual called “in A Vase On Monday.” Hosted by Cathy at Rambling In The Garden, “In A Vase On Monday” has intrigued and enticed people across the globe to share some flowers, foliage, berries and branches plucked mostly from their gardens.

But before I was in the know about it, Cathy had already been building a community of floral enthusiasts for months. This week Cathy is celebrating the Five-Year Anniversary of her first Monday vase posting. I cannot thank her enough for providing this unique coming-together of garden bloggers. Mondays are made better seen through her eyes, with Cathy-style plants, props and commentary. So thank you Cathy and Happy IAVOM Anniversary!

In A Vase On Monday – Anniversary Five

To mark her fifth anniversary Cathy challenged contributors to create a (Not) In a Vase on Monday this week. Every idea I came up with for presenting my flowers seemed to still need a container. So I am sneaking in a vase while declaring it is I who cannot be contained. I cannot contain my enthusiasm for this last collection from the garden, picked before our first dip below freezing. Though I gathered some sasanquas just in case, there were plenty of other colorful choices to use instead today.

A few pristine Shasta daisies seem to defy the season. I plucked them first.

Dahlia and Shasta Daisy

Next are pale yellow button chrysanthemums just coming into bloom, passalongs from my mother’s first cousin, Virgie. She shared many, many of her plants with me and I have had them now for a good part of my life.

Chrysanthemum and Shasta Daisy

Button Chrysanthemum With Shasta, Purple Coneflower and Begonia

My uncontainable enthusiasm though mainly is reserved for the Jackmanii clematis, whose large purple blooms always bring a smile to my face—especially so in November. I envisioned them cascading beyond the vase and they more or less achieved my vision. Arum leaves dance in proximity on the right side of the design.

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ and Arum Italicum Add Drama

Purple Blooms of Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

Materials
Flowers
Begonia
Button Chrysanthemum (Hardy Chrysanthemum passalong from Virgie)
Dahlia ‘Fireworks’
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Dutch’ (Dutch Lavender)
Leucanthemum superbum ‘Becky’ (Shasta Daisy)
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Foliage
Arum italicum
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Container
Ceramic Urn Stamped “Vintage 4”

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

In A Vase On Monday – Anniversary Five

Again, happy anniversary and 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 the other wonderful contributors have found to place In A Vase On Monday.

For even more flowers see all my Monday vases: 2018   2017   2016   2015   2014

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.