Entering April

The garden is on the move. Greener from above with dots of color emerging. I am supposed to be setting up for a yard sale that starts in a few minutes, but first here are a few scenes from the garden this week. Happy Saturday!

Candytuft, Grape Hyacinth and Dianthus

Candytuft, Grape Hyacinth and Dianthus

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

Iris ‘Crimson King’

Iris ‘Crimson King’

Iris ‘Crimson King’

Garden View On Rainy Morning Mid-week

Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)

Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)

Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

 

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

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

I am enjoying the garden’s daily transitions. Columbine is just about to open, as are the first bearded irises and peonies—all are caught in the almost stage.

Iris buds – Iris ‘Crimson King’

While scouting for today’s vase contents I found inspiration from a redbud tree, whose soaring branches are outfitted with ebullient flower clusters.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

For several weeks I have been tempted by a moth orchid that has been flowering (indoors) for several months. Its color is almost jarring against other flowers, enough so as to make it a feature today.  I do not expect it to last more than a few days, but chose it for the way it pulls out the pink in the daffodil’s trumpet and the magenta of the rosebud.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

After photographing the flowers I went back and added a white daffodil and a grape hyacinth. The arrangement seemed to need the brightness of the white flower, but I am not satisfied with the placement. It was too late in the process to start fiddling.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

Materials
Flowers
Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
Helleborus x hybridus
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)
Muscari
Narcissus
Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)
Foliage
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan. With floral pin holder.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

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

Several stems of spring-flowering Coral Delight camellias form the foundation of today’s vase while snow white Thalia daffodils dance above.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

Materials
Flowers
Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Thalia Daffodil)
Foliage
Camellia
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches, with floral pin holder.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

Happy Spring!

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.

Just Ahead Of Spring

Spring Equinox 2022 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 11:33 AM EDT on
Sunday, March 20.

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

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 – March Mingle

I gathered flowers from the garden on Friday ahead of predicted storms on Saturday and deep freezing temperatures Sunday morning.  I knew the camellia that has just begun flowering could suffer damage so it was the first stop.

Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’

I hadn’t grown hyacinths in several years so was excited this week when they began unfolding. I brought in five to enjoy. Their fragrance is nearly overpowering, even from the foyer where this week’s arrangement sits.

Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

The hyacinths along with the foliage and aged hellebores create one of my favorite color studies—a rich, yet peaceful, combination of blues and greens.

Greens And Blues (or Purples)

Bright sprigs of white spiraea help create contrast against the dark hyacinths.

Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea) and Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

Materials
Flowers
Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides
Hippeastrum
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Visible from the side angle, at the back right corner and at front center are a couple of pieces of cerinthe that overwintered in the meditation circle. The plant had seemingly shaken off the strains of winter and was just starting to bloom. Fingers crossed it will pull through the weekend’s weather challenge.

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

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.

Wordless Wednesday – Shades of Blue

Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe

‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe

Sedum ‘Thunderhead’ (planted 2021)

March Clouds

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.

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.