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In A Vase On Monday – January Boost

In A Vase On Monday – January Boost

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase with materials gathered from our gardens. January has been a dreary, gray month, so watching four large flowers on this velvety red Amaryllis ‘Miracle’ open and bloom across the past couple weeks has been a big mood booster.

Hippeastrum ‘Miracle’

Just as the first flower to open was beginning to fade, the last one on the stalk opened fully. I hesitated to cut the amaryllis in case it might not last well, but the bulb has one more tall stalk with a promising bud.

Hippeastrum ‘Miracle’

Hellebores previously have appeared in the garden before Christmas on occasion. This year they feel late but a couple finally put in an appearance yesterday and I tucked them into the base of this arrangement.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

I began with a variety of foliage but ended up removing all but a couple stems of gardenia leaves. I made a quick half-hearted search for an interesting branch to use, but it proved to be oversized and only a fragment was useful in the end. Proportions seem all out of whack. The amaryllis stem could be shortened several inches to help it relate better to the vase, but for today I’m content to let it be.

In A Vase On Monday – January Boost

Materials
Flowers
Hippeastrum ‘Miracle’ (Amaryllis)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Foliage
Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
Gardenia
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches, with floral pin holder.

The garden cleanup will start this week, forced by the loss of the last remaining ‘Carolina Sapphire’ (Arizona Cypress). A big wind storm two weeks ago brought it down and if one needs to look for a silver lining, the tree is resting gently, having avoided the fence! We have had five or so of these cypresses at a time at the corners of the back fence, having replanted them at least one other time. They have been short-lived.

Storm damage ‘Carolina Sapphire’ (Arizona Cypress)

It has been such a long time since the garden has had a nice mix of trees and shrubs enough to create interesting long views. I’m sure in July 2013 I was complaining about the bare patch in the right foreground where I had been digging out asters that had taken over some irises, but I long for this view now.  The right corner, where the tree that recently fell had stood, was empty that year as well, but on the left corner two of the tree’s ancestors were thriving.

Garden View – July 2, 2013

 

I haven’t yet bought seeds or bulbs or dahlias this year but I have started dreaming. Hope you all have a great week.  Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting each week.

 

In A Vase On Monday – Miracle

In A Vase On Monday – Miracle

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase with materials gathered from our gardens. Today is Tuesday and although I passed by this lovely Amaryllis ‘Miracle’ many times on Monday I had scarcely a moment except to glance at it appreciatively and send a mental thank you to our thoughtful niece for the selection.

In A Vase On Monday – Miracle

Described as a resplendent Symphony variety, deep cardinal-red with a velvety sheen, and one of the best, large, solid red varieties for holiday display, this sturdy-stemmed amaryllis began opening last week and arrived to this stage over the weekend.

In A Vase On Monday – Miracle

Happy to be home again, we have been away dealing with health-related woes the past few days, so the miracle used in the title (besides the flower’s name) is that I am finding time to post. Taking time, I should say, to let flowers, photography and reconnecting with gardening friends, perform the miracle of nourishment and rejuvenation.

In A Vase On Monday – Miracle

Materials
Flowers
Hippeastrum ‘Miracle’ (Amaryllis)
Foliage
Various houseplants (Philodendron, orchid, anthurium, Dracaena deremensis warneckii ‘Lemon Lime’)
Container
Handwoven basket

Hope you all have a great week.  We look forward to an uneventful one. Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting each week.

 

In A Vase On Monday – Accents Of Silvery-Green

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase with materials gathered from our gardens.

This Monday after Christmas Saint Nicholas sits atop the mantel. A gift from a neighbor, the silvery green epiphyte-bearing Christmas spirit joins a similarly-colored, small hydrangea cluster left in place since summer.

Materials
Flowers
Hydrangea macrophylla
Foliage
Tillandsia spp. (Air plant)
Container
Ceramics

We had a delightful Christmas weekend spent with family. Good wishes to everyone this holiday season. Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting each week.

In A Vase On Monday – Accents Of Silvery-Green

 

In A Vase On Monday – December Amaryllis

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase with materials gathered from our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – December Amaryllis


In A Vase On Monday – December Amaryllis

I haven’t had a chance to participate the past few weeks, but I’m back today sharing a just-emerging amaryllis. The bulb was a gift several weeks ago from a friend. It’s been so fun to watch it spring into action. This one opened just in time for joining in today. 

In A Vase On Monday – December Amaryllis


In A Vase On Monday – December Amaryllis


In A Vase On Monday – December Amaryllis

Materials
Flowers
Amaryllis
Foliage
Mixed greenery
Container
Chalice Vase

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting each week.

Iris Musings

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

The first irises began opening over the last several days marking a major milestone as spring travels though my garden. This yellow Iris germanica (Bearded iris) is always among the first iris to bloom each year.  It is a special pass-along from my friend and  former neighbor, Henrietta.

Years ago Henrietta grew beautiful bearded iris her mother had obtained from a friend who grew them for a local florist. One July she divided them and sent her son to all the nearby homes to deliver copious quantities of leftover rhizomes. As a young working mother gardening was not a big part of my life then and I left the plastic bag outdoors for weeks without really giving much thought to the treasure within.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

 

Eventually I did plant them, but didn’t understand not to bury the rhizome, so the next spring they failed to bloom. My friend assured me they would bloom the next year, which they did, and they have bloomed every year since.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)-2

I brought some of these irises to my current garden nearly thirteen years ago and when the stalks emerge and fat buds form, when the first tip of color is revealed and finally the inflorescence follows, the irises feel like comfortable companions, old friends getting together again after a long time apart.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Henrietta and I stayed in touch after she moved away from the old neighborhood, but sadly one year her Christmas card was returned unopened and I have never known an ending to the story. A nice thing about pass-alongs is the way they keep relationships and memories going.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris) is another pass along plant from another special family friend. When my garden was on a small local garden tour in the neighborhood last year, everyone who stopped by marveled at it and I passed along many bags of rhizomes.

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

One of the few irises I have actually purchased, Iris germanica ‘Raspberry Blush,’ was added to the garden March 2012. It is among the first to bloom.

Iris germanica 'Raspberry Blush'

Iris germanica ‘Raspberry Blush’

Iris germanica 'Raspberry Blush'

Iris germanica ‘Raspberry Blush’

Iris germanica 'Raspberry Blush'

Iris germanica ‘Raspberry Blush’

Iris germanica ‘Batik’ is another iris I purchased and have always enjoyed. Its batik markings are pretty unusual.

Iris germanica ‘Batik’

Iris germanica ‘Batik’

On a side note I have grown this Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) several years now. It spent the winter in the garage without attention. I moved it to the back screen porch a month ago and gave it a drink or two of water. There is only one flower head on this stalk and only one stalk. Several more amaryllis are planted in the garden. They are making slow progress toward flowering but this one looks promising.

Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)

Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)

 

 

Encircling The Garden

It was a beautiful day for laying in bricks to edge the meditation circle. There are a few wobblies to straighten, but it is great to have the circle well-defined. Still more soil preparation is needed before the red stepping stones can be arranged to form the labyrinth.

Around the garden many things are growing nicely.  The Hellebores continue to bloom, Eastern Red Columbine is starting to open in various (mostly self-chosen spots), Monarda (bee balm) and all three baptisias are emerging.

An amaryllis from a Christmas past is emerging behind Lamb’s Ears and Yarrow.

The bearded iris which yesterday showed no sign of buds suddenly revealed them today, in different sections of the garden.  These are along the southern side path next to the house.

Rabbits or deer seem to be nibbling the remaining daylilies that still need to be dug out of the garden.  Similarly something for the first time ever has been also eating the spiderwort (tradescantia), an all-time favorite in this garden.  This one, also in the southern side path, somehow escaped being part of the grazing buffet and is the first tradescantia to bloom this year. What a cheerful little flower!