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In A Vase On Monday – Foliage Variations

In A Vase On Monday – Foliage Variations

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

Usually at this time of winter Hellebores and Daphne have begun offering up their flowers, but there are no flowers outdoors this week. A single white cyclamen from an indoor plant stands in to represent the winter garden flora.

There was more choice for foliage. I settled on broad, patterned leaves of aucuba, a stem tip cut from sarcococca (with flower buds), a dried piece of eucalyptus and a pine branch scavenged from a holiday evergreen gift from treasured friends. The pine seemed to call for an Ikebana vase and I chose a blue rectangular one that I have used many times before.

In A Vase On Monday – Foliage Variations

The design transitioned multiple times and is still in a state of flux. This one has many paths and I am still searching.

In A Vase On Monday – Foliage Variations

This is is current state, simplified, and featuring sarcococca.

In A Vase On Monday – Foliage Variations

Cyclamen With Pine and Sarcococca ruscifolia

Materials

Flowers
Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)
Foliage
Pine branch
Sarcococca ruscifolia (Fragrant Sweet Box)
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust Aucuba)
Eucalyptus
Vase
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)

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 – Cyclamen and Everlasting

In A Vase On Monday – Cyclamen and Everlasting

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

In A Vase On Monday – Cyclamen and Everlasting

To finish out 2017’s flowery Mondays, I relied on indoor pots of cyclamen. Even their blooms are sparse at the moment, but the plants hold many promising buds.  For a quick arrangement I harvested the only two flowers available, one pink, one red, and dropped them into a small clear bottle.

Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)

Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)

Filling out the vase this week are royal purple, dried everlastings from last year.

Limonium sinuatum (statice) and Cyclamen

Materials

Flowers
Limonium sinuatum (statice), dried
Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)

Container
Sauer’s Almond Extract bottle, 1 fl. oz.

In A Vase On Monday – Cyclamen and Everlasting

In keeping with the theme of everlasting, today I am remembering my beautiful mother, Vera, a smart, gentle woman who was born on Christmas Day and who died much too young. She taught me much about love and grace. The nicest compliment anyone ever paid me was to say I had my mother’s smile.

Vera (December 25, 1919-July 19, 1974. Graduation photo.

Sending holiday wishes to every one of you.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and encouraging 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 – Blue Mug Petites

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

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

Dainty in demeanor the flowers in this collection are true workhorses. Requiring little care they bloom and bloom.

Begonias and cyclamen were the starting point for today’s vase.

Two oversized pots of wax begonias near the front steps have performed reliably this summer, despite infrequent watering. One pot is filled with pink, the other is white. Begonias are so commonly used in landscaping they may seem ordinary perhaps, but planted en masse in large blue containers they have been striking.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

These cyclamen are from plants that live indoors. Enjoying indirect light from a sunny west-facing window they have been flowering continuously all summer.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Several weeks ago large pots of inexpensive chrysanthemums began showing up for sale at my local grocery store, too good a bargain to pass up. The terracotta-rust blooms fade to a darker red as they age.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

The rusty coloring of this young heart-shaped begonia leaf complements the chrysanthemums.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Zinnias have appeared so frequently this summer in my Monday vases I tried to avoid them today; however, playing off the hue of the chrysanthemum, a small terra cotta zinnia and another in red seemed destined to be companion flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) are not normally categorized as diminutive but this small specimen stood out this morning. The coneflowers have kept insects and American gold finches busy all summer.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Materials

Flowers
Begonia (Wax Begonia)
Chrysanthemum
Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)
Dahlia sp.
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again Mix’

Vase
Stoneware mug by potter Nancy Redman, Redman Pottery.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Thank you 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 – Blue Mug Petites

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

In A Vase On Monday – March Delight

In A Vase On Monday – March Delight

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

What began as a feature of three hyacinths staged with euphorbia, morphed into a completely different design this morning. Titled March Delight, it was a struggle to create. After initial placements of euphorbia and insertion of a white phalaenospsis recycled from last week, everything seemed on track.

Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) from last week’s vase

Next I inserted the hyacinths, a lovely pale pink and two lavender ones. They needed just a bit of tweaking to adjust the balance, but refused from there to cooperate. Eventually the hyacinth stems pretty much disintegrated from attempts to position them.

To salvage the arrangement I reverted to an idea I had dismissed earlier of using another orchid from my kitchen window garden. Purchased last year this orchid had recently rebloomed into a creamy delight of pink and speckles with with traces of apricot.

Orchid

Cyclamen, Iberis and a tiny remnant of the pink hyacinth were used to supplement the revised scheme.

Pink Hyacinth, pink and white Cyclamen and white Orchid hovering above Begonia leaf

I tried culling and editing to give the individual flowers more space, a difficult thing to do sometimes. Originally there were two additional stems of euphorbia, but they overwhelmed the delicate orchids and cyclamen. They came out along with some of the Iberis and narcissus leaves.

In A Vase On Monday – March Delight

Materials

Flowers
Cyclamen
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Hyacinthus orientalis (Hyacinth)
Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)
Foliage
Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ (Beefsteak Begonia)
Euphorbia ‘Shorty’ (Shorty Spurge)
Narcissus leaves
Container and Mechanics
Blue ceramic vase
Small black plastic Solo bowl – vase insert
3-inch florist’s frog (floral pin holder)

Here is a final peek at what is left of the mischievous culprit. I will enjoy the remaining hyacinths outdoors in the garden.

Hyacinthus Orientalis

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—February In Royal Blue

In A Vase On Monday - February In Royal Blue

In A Vase On Monday – February In Royal Blue

Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.

Sunday was 70°F and in the main garden sun melted away the last stubborn patch of snow from the previous weekend. Though there are bulbs springing up everywhere the garden looks exhausted.

A couple of stems of hellebore combined with arum and ilex foliage were the only potential vase materials to catch my eye during a morning inspection. Supplementing them are a fresh set of white and red blooms from indoor pots of cyclamen.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

A royal blue goblet lends a punch of unpredictability.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Materials
Arum italicum
Cyclamen
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Ilex crenata (Japanese holly)
Ikebana Kenzan (floral pin frog)

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

It is helpful to study the design in black and white. This is the same image as above.

Study in black and white

Study in black and white

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower arranging addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday and feel free to join in.

In A Vase On Monday—Wintertide Pair

 

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday. Especially in the winter season even a few blossoms brighten up the indoors.

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

Yesterday morning on our way to brunch with friends we encountered snow flurries mixed with rain. The snow melted immediately but it breathed excitement into the short commute.

Upon returning home the weather had cleared but it was cold. I foraged though the garden for today’s vase materials, quickly settling on three white Anemone coronaria. They appeared unfazed by the elements.

Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

Again this week fragrant Daphne odora is used as filler. Three red cyclamen flowers from a house plant add a boost of color.

Cyclamen, Daphne, Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

Cyclamen, Daphne, Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

It was a difficult task finding a container for this odd mix, and I finally settled on a pair of small glass vases, painted black with a gold Asian floral motif. I believe these belonged to my grandmother.

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

The shape of the gold flowers is repeated in the anemones and in the end the vases seem perfectly suited for the garden’s spare offerings.

Photographing these flowers was fun. I reversed the order of the vases and experimented with perspective and point-of-view, finding pleasure in these simple winter flowers. I hope you enjoy them too.

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

Materials
Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’
Cyclamen
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower addiction. It is always interesting and insightful to visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday and feel free to join in.

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday—Anemone and Cyclamen

In A Vase On Monday - Anemone And Cyclamen

In A Vase On Monday – Anemone And Cyclamen

Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.

Indoors over the holidays I used a grouping of red and white cyclamen houseplants to decorate the fireplace. The plants also provided many cut flowers for small vase arrangements, including a previous Monday vase. Cyclamen age slowly and gracefully, providing interest along each stage of their life cycle, so even as they are fading they continue to be valuable.

Meanwhile, outdoors during the past 4-6 weeks the foliage of Anemone coronary emerged and soon there were 5 or 6 white flowers from ‘Bride.’ This week my favorite, ‘Mr. Fokker,’ has produced 2 flowers, one of which opened in time to include in today’s vase. I thought its deep bluish purple would pair dramatically with the darkening red cyclamen.

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and Cyclamen

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and Cyclamen

I used a small pewter vase to hold the flowers, tucking in a few sprigs of lime green Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ and a heart-shaped leaf from the cyclamen.

Cyclamen with Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Cyclamen with Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Two companion containers hold more cyclamen, one is filled with red blooms and the other with white. The blue pots reinforce the color of the single anemone and give it more importance.

I like the strong, rich hues of the red and purple contrasted with the cluster of pure white.

In A Vase On Monday - Anemone And Cyclamen

In A Vase On Monday – Anemone And Cyclamen

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and Cyclamen

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and Cyclamen