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In A Vase On Monday – Christmastide

In A Vase On Monday – Christmastide

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

Prepared on Sunday during pouring down rain, many ingredients in this week’s offering may look familiar. Instead of trekking outdoors to hunt for materials I salvaged what I could from last week’s vase: winter daphne, lavender, dogwood. Refreshed with the addition of several anthuriums gleaned from a house plant, along with a couple of stems of poinsettia,  the vase has shifted into holiday mode. I also added leaves from a beefsteak begonia.

In A Vase On Monday – Christmastide

Placed into a silver tray dotted with red and silver holiday ornaments and paired with an orchid full of rich purple, the repurposed arrangement celebrates winter solstice* today and is ready for the countdown to Christmas.

In A Vase On Monday – Christmastide

Despite the strangeness of this stay-at-home year and the challenging family health issues we faced in recent month, we find ourselves full of gratitude and joy. My husband is improving. During his illness and recovery we have been the recipients of an outpouring of generosity, love and kindness—cards, emails, calls, meals, offers of assistance, and as the holiday season swings ’round, delicious desserts. The poinsettia and the orchid are new this year, each gifts from neighborhood friends, as was the anthurium last year.

In A Vase On Monday – Christmastide

In A Vase On Monday – Christmastide

In A Vase On Monday – Christmastide

Amidst the foliage I included one tiny symbolic sprig of balsam fir at the base, clipped from a lovely door swag wreath sent by former across-the-street Wave Road neighbors.

In A Vase On Monday – Christmastide

Materials
Flowers
Anthurium
Orchid
Poinsettia
Foliage
Balsam fir
Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ (Beefsteak Begonia)
Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Dutch’ (Dutch Lavender)
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting sweet pea)
Container
Silver Gallery Tray with holiday baubles

In A Vase On Monday – Christmastide

It is a gift also to have you visit my blog. I appreciate your interest, advice and support throughout the year. Hope you are making or finding reasons to smile each day.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower-filled vases across the world. Visit her to discover what surprises she and others found to place in a vase this week.

*December Solstice (Winter Solstice) is on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:02 am in Chapel Hill. In terms of daylight, this day is 4 hours, 53 minutes shorter than on June Solstice.

 

In A Vase On Monday—Arum and Poinsettia

In A Vase On Monday - Arum and Poinsettia

In A Vase On Monday – Arum and Poinsettia

Monday brings an opportunity to practice flower design by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to create an arrangement from materials gathered in one’s own garden.

Actually, as it was raining cats and dogs this morning, I did not venture into the garden for materials. Instead I repurposed several long-lasting items from previous arrangements.

Arum italicum foliage used in a vase early in December still looks very green and healthy. I chose one of the strongly patterned leaves to practice leaf manipulation. I started by making parallel cuts within one side of the leaf, removing every other strip. My mat knife blade proved too dull for this task, cutting but also bruising the leaf. I changed course and cut out selective sections of the pattern, using scissors and even a thumb nail.

Precision is important in this type of work, but I was impatient with it. The end result suffered because I quickly bored of the process and did not take time I should have to get nice clean cuts.  Also, perhaps the Arum leaf is not particularly appropriate for this technique. (Aspidistra leaves are among the frequently recommended choices.)

Abandoning plans for manipulating more leaves, I inserted the Arum leaf into a small pin holder.

Manipulated Arum Leaf

Manipulated Arum Leaf

 

Manipulated Arum Leaf

Manipulated Arum Leaf

To hide the mechanics I wrapped a length of Tradescantia pallida  (purple heart) leaf around the base of the pin holder. This purple heart was used in a Monday vase in September and had been living in a little glass of water ever since.

Leaf of Tradescantia pallida  (purple heart) wrapped around the pin holder

Leaf of Tradescantia pallida (purple heart) wrapped around the pin holder

Though I did not grow it, a poinsettia holiday gift gave me easy access to a bright red bloom  and a few dark leaves to complete today’s design.

Arum and Poinsettia

Arum and Poinsettia

Arum and Poinsettia

Arum and Poinsettia

Arum and Poinsettia

Arum and Poinsettia

Arum and Poinsettia

Arum and Poinsettia

Arum and Poinsettia

Arum and Poinsettia

This was a good experiment. I like the arrangement despite the crudeness of my work manipulating the leaf. There are many other techniques such as folding and weaving that I plan to experiment with sometime.

In A Vase On Monday - Arum and Poinsettia

In A Vase On Monday – Arum and Poinsettia

Materials List

Euphorbia pulcherrima (Poinsettia)
Arum italicum
Tradescantia pallida  (purple heart), formerly Setcreasea pallida

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

Christmas Floral Gifts

Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), Pine, Holly-3

Our dear friends surprised us yesterday with a Christmas vase of beautiful flowers. They are excellent gardeners who used to live across the street from us on Wave Road but now are across-the country-neighbors living in California.

Gift Arrangement with Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), Pine, Holly

Gift Arrangement with Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), Pine, Holly

The vase was filled with Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), white with yellow and red markings; pine needle bundles and pine cones; and holly leaves and berries; and all tied up with a satiny red bow. Many thanks to these good friends for this thoughtful gift.

Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), Pine, Holly

Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), Pine, Holly

Gift Arrangement with Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), Pine, Holly

Gift Arrangement with Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), Pine, Holly

Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)

Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)

We had one other floral gift yesterday from neighbors down the street. I had not bought a poinsettia this year so was delighted to have one to add some traditional Christmas color.

Euphorbia pulcherrima (Poinsettia)

Euphorbia pulcherrima (Poinsettia)

However you may celebrate this time of year, I wish all my dear blogging friends the best of the season. I am honored and grateful each time you stop by to visit pbmGarden.