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In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens. Today marks Cathy’s fourth anniversary of posting and hosting In A Vase On Monday and to celebrate she has challenged participants to create an anniversary contribution in something other than a vase.

I pondered over this task a lot the past few days and finally chose a memento from my daughter’s childhood that I just happened upon yesterday. This blue glazed hand was traced in clay from her own little hand for a very early elementary school project. Hooked onto the bathroom wall, it held her toothbrush for a time when she was a child.

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

My idea for using the hand to hold flowers turned into more of a conceptual piece as time ran out to actually hang it on the wall. Instead I posed blossoms around it and took pictures from above.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Although we had two consecutive nights of temperatures in the upper 20sF. on Sunday I was able to gather quite a few camellias, which I arranged and rearranged.

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

MaterialsFlowers
Begonia
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Container
“Handmade” ceramic art

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

In A Vase On Monday – Evasive Challenge

Congratulations and many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting IAVOM with such enthusiasm. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens on this vaseless Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

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

My husband and I attended an annual reunion of first cousins over the weekend and it is always a treat to get together with these special family members. Among those present were my three sisters, one of whom surprised me with a large green, urn-shaped vase she had discovered at a thrift shop. Thanks Judy! What a treat it is to have this November gift as inspiration today.

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

There were many more flowers than I had expected, nature’s own November gifts. Although the weather continues to be quite dry, the nights are cool and days are comfortably warm—no freeze yet this fall.

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) and Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ enjoy these conditions and are blooming freely.

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

First appearing by mid-October, Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ was featured several weeks ago is now in full bloom. Unexpectedly I noticed this week the red Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ is already coming into flower.

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

The passalong Button Chrysanthemum from my garden mentor Virgie has been a fall staple now for several decades. It always wants to rotate toward the back in any arrangement, but eventually I convinced it to cooperate, more or less.

Begonias planted in containers at the front porch did well all summer and continue to thrive. A few Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) have emerged.

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

Achillea foliage drapes along the rim of the vase. A plug of freshly emerged Lamb’s Ear adds color and textural contrast, as does a stem of Eucalyptus. I do not grow Eucalyptus but had some on hand (from last week’s book club arrangements).

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

 

Materials

Flowers
Begonia
Button Chrysanthemum
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Foliage
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Eucalyptus
Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear)

Container
Large green vase

In A Vase On Monday – November Gifts

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Moscow Night

In A Vase On Monday – Moscow Night

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

My camera failed late yesterday just as I tried to photograph a posy of echinacea, chrysanthemum, lavender, salvia and zinnias gathered from my autumn garden.  At this point in the season there are not many blooms of each kind, except for the pass-along pale yellow chrysanthemum that is just coming into its own. I had collected a fair showing so it is disappointing to have encountered this technical difficulty, but here is a photo of the chrysanthemum at early morning on Saturday.

Passalong Button Chrysanthemum

In place of the home-grown flowers I will share instead some store bought floral indulgences that I used Tuesday when hosting my book club. The book was A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles. Do read it if you have not yet–I found it one to savor. The story of a count in post-revolutionary Russian, the setting was a grand hotel in Moscow called The Metropol.  In a wonderful bit of happenstance, one of our book club members stayed in that same hotel the week before and brought me a keepsake.

It was fun to prepare multiple arrangements as I imagined such a fine hotel would offer generous floral displays.

White stock, Eucalyptus, Spider Chrysanthemum and ‘Green Trick’ Dianthus stood in the foyer.

In A Vase On Monday – Moscow Night

In A Vase On Monday – Moscow Night

For the food table there were roses accented with Hypericum berries (photographed in the foyer).

In A Vase On Monday – Moscow Night

In A Vase On Monday – Moscow Night

In A Vase On Monday – Moscow Night

Book Club Night – A Gentleman In Moscow

A large vase of Alstoemeria, Eucalyptus, Spider Chrysanthemums and ‘Green Trick’ Dianthus sat atop the piano in the living room. A trio of smaller vases on the window ledge were filled with Eucalyptus.

In A Vase On Monday – Moscow Night

In A Vase On Monday – Moscow Night

Green Spider Chrysanthemum, Alstroemeria, Green Tick Dianthus

Materials

Flowers
Alstroemeria
Chrysanthemum (Button Chrysanthemums and Spider Chrysanthemums)
Dianthus barbatus ‘Green Trick’
Hypericum Berries
Matthiola incana (Stock)
Roses
Foliage
Eucalyptus
Container
Various crystal vases

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Pinks

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Pinks

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

While yellows, oranges and browns tend to dominate the autumn palette, I prefer instead the deep reds, so it is always a mystery to me to find so much pink when I stroll the garden borders.

In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Pinks

I could not ignore the pinks this week, as the sasanquas are entering their glorious time. The first bloom appeared about October 10 this year on the Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman.’ The waxy, crinkly petals are milky inside deftly transitioning to pink edges. The flowers are lightly sweet. The foliage is deep green and glossy.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’

After several attempts I have managed this year to establish a nice stand of Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink,’ passed along from neighbor Nancy. These flowers have a lovely form and the plants maintain a nice height without becoming leggy.

Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’ (Hardy Chrysanthemum)

Ants are attracted to both the camellia and the chrysanthemum, but I managed to snare a few pristine blooms for today’s vase.

Materials

Flowers
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’ (Hardy Chrysanthemum)

Foliage
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’

Container
Small crystal vase

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

What To Do With Tree Saplings

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Large-scale vessel forms, fashioned entirely of tree saplings, are emerging this month on the front lawn of the Ackland Art Museum in downtown Chapel Hill.

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Currently untitled, this commissioned artwork is under construction though Friday outside the university museum’s Columbia Street entrance.

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Artist Patrick Dougherty is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill with more than 280 of these installations to his credits.

Portals designed into the sculpture allow for human interaction with the space.

In constructing this work Dougherty is using responsibly harvested material, mostly maple and gum, from Duke Forest and Triangle Land Conservancy.

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Volunteers have been supporting the creation of this piece by helping with local harvest, leaf stripping and construction. Prepared bundles of saplings line both sides of the walkway.

Bundles of stripped saplings ready for inclusion

Temporary in nature, the sculpture will remain on view through the end of August 2018.

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017