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In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens. I confess this week only the box and gardenia foliage comes from my garden.

I have a new Amaryllis ‘Tres Chic’ stem exploding with blooms to share this week.  Since this photograph was taken more buds have opened–now five of seven buds are fully open on this gorgeous Hippeastrum.

Second stem of Amaryllis ‘Tres Chic’ had 7 buds

A hurried shopping expedition ahead of the weekend’s winter storm altered my plans to feature only the amaryllis. At the grocery store I gave in to an impulse purchase of fresh cut flowers.

First I was smitten with the red Sweet William and green and white hydrangeas and I pictured they would look nice combined with the amaryllis. I chose a companion bundle of pink dianthus for filler to keep the arrangement from being just Christmas colors; nevertheless, green, red and white were the colors of the amaryllis so I stayed with them instead of giving in to some lovely and tempting orange roses. Green chrysanthemums looked very fresh and the offering of Gerbera daisies in rich red was irresistible.

A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain fell upon the garden all day Sunday. In the afternoon I entertained myself by preparing the flowers for today—bright splashes of color to counter the gray winter skies.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

Materials
Flowers
Chrysanthemum
Dianthus
Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii)
Hydrangea
Foliage
Boxwood
Gardenia
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.
Floral foam

The container is the cast iron one introduced last week. It is a perfect shape and size.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

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 – Très Chic

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

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 – Très Chic

An Amaryllis Christmas gift from our dear friends in California bloomed magnificently this week and it’s a beautiful star in today’s vase.  (Buds on a second stalk are beginning to open as well.) Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’ is described as a pattern of stars within stars starting with dark red and ending with green and crimson.

Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’

I relied heavily on a variety of foliage to form the framework of the design, creating a textural background for amaryllis. I hoped Winter Daphne which is showing color at the tips would make more impact here than it did. It mostly ended up in back. The foliage was not enough on its own.

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

It would have been nice to have more flowers to use this week to accent and complement the bright amaryllis. Outdoors, hellebores have formed buds now but have not opened and nothing else even promises blooms for now, so yes, those are the same calla lilies from a vase on November 29, 2021. I had not planned to use them a fifth time but this arrangement needed support beyond just the greenery. A stem of pink anthurium and a few fading nandina berries contribute the only other color I could scavenge (without reverting to the holidays and using poinsettias). Several magnolia seedpods left over from the dried arrangement that celebrated Cathy’s IAVOM anniversary awhile back add texture.

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

Magnolia Seedpod With Nandiina Berries

Materials
Flowers
Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’
Anthurium
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Foliage
Boxwood
Daphne sp. (Winter daphne)
Lavender
Gardenia
Magnolia cones
Nandina berries
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.
Floral foam

The container comes from a recent estate sale and belonged to a garden club friend and horticulture judge. Nearly 5 pounds in weight, it seems to be cast iron. It has a decorative Asian motif around the sides and ornate pedestal feet.

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

In A Vase On Monday – Très Chic

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.

An Anniversary Note

pbmGarden became live on Friday, January 7, 2011, eleven years ago. Since that time I’ve been buoyed by your presence here. I am grateful for the old and new friendships that intersect this space. Thank you.

 

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens. I have had my eye on several Amaryllis buds but they’re not quite open. Several other ideas did not pan out, so today although the year is new the vase materials are not.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

These calla lilies had been blooming in a pot for a couple weeks before I cut them (and the lavender) to use in a vase on November 29, 2021. This marks their fourth appearance being featured in a Monday vase. I have been amazed at their vase life.  Other callas have not had this kind of staying power.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

Keeping them company are beautiful magnolia foliage from large branches my neighbor brought over in mid-December for the holidays. I chose a few of the smallest glossy green leaves to accent the flowers and I used a different vase—the blue seemed to work well with the flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Red

Materials
Flowers
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Foliage
Lavender
Magnolia
Container

Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)

I’ve been exploring recently-added features to some photo software. I like the effect of the cleaner look after removing the background.

Happy New Year to everyone!  Wishing you a year of good health, good gardens and good deeds (giving and receiving) in the upcoming year.  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 – Holiday Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Mood

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 – Holiday Mood

The Calla lilies and vase used the previous two Mondays are back for a third appearance. I don’t think I have ever had an arranged flowers last so long. The lilies, still looking fresh, remain mostly in their original spots, with the last three flowers from the potted calla lily plant added to fill in the design.

The lily foliage, which had faded to a golden yellow last week, finally browned and was removed. Greenery used today is from the garden, columbine and fragrant sprigs of rosemary and lavender.

Columbine and Callas

Calla Lilies with Rosemary

A lovely Amaryllis bulb gift from a yoga friend just before Thanksgiving produced 4 large red flowers on a single and has a second stem as well.

Amaryllis

I was photographing the amaryllis this week, unfortunately knocking off one of the blooms in the process. Saved a few days in a small vase, today the flower serves as a bright red focal point.

Amaryllis Surrounded By Columbine

With the addition of the red amaryllis, the design called for more red. My solution was to add a spare cutting of Poinsettia and a stem of faux berries. They helped with balance and with composition.

Callas, Poinsettia And Faux Berries

In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Mood

In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Mood

Materials
Flowers
Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Foliage
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Lavender
Rosemary
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches.

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 – Claret With Age

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

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

We have had warm days recently and a slight amount of rain. Later this week temperatures will return to the 70s, but this morning it is 26°F. I expect I could locate a camellia to share but instead I have chosen to share an example of aging.

Last Monday’s vase featured a new container and inside, cuttings from a potted calla lily to which I was drawn due to its deep claret flowers. I have enjoyed this pairing immensely and my husband even has commented on it several times during the past week.

Original Design Last Week:  In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

Today, these flowers remain quite fresh, but the foliage of the calla lily has aged considerably.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

I considered replacing the greenery with something evergreen, but with each day’s changes, increasingly I have come to admire the transforming leaves, as over the course of time they have assumed a honeyed-pineapple glow.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

The aging process brought a new appreciation, a new perspective to the arrangement.

Materials
Flowers, Foliage
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Age

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 – Claret With Texture

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

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 – Claret With Texture

I purchased a beautiful potted calla lily a couple of weeks ago enticed by its deep claret flowers, knowing some portion of it might end up in a Monday vase.  These alluring waxy flowers quickly came together into a comfortable assemblage I find pleasing.

Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)

It is perhaps the vase, not the flowers, that is the primary focal point of today’s design. Newly purchased through an online estate sale of vases, this refined container belonged to a garden club friend, Jinny. A respected floral designer, horticulture judge and long-standing member of our local garden club, Jinny was the first person I met in the club when I joined—she welcomed me then and always with a friendly smile. In 2013 when I participated in the garden club’s floral design classes, she was one of the excellent teachers. I appreciated Jinny’s encouragement and am ever grateful for her inspiration.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

I am looking forward to experimenting with this vase so you may see it often.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

Materials
Flowers, Foliage
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches.

In A Vase On Monday – Claret With Texture

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.