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In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia Hips

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia Hips

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

In some years gardenia hips form on the shrubs like a decorative motif. On Christmas Eve I found this couple and brought them indoors. The container is a sugar bowl from our daughter’s childhood tea set. It is sitting on top of a walnut table she designed.

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia Hips

In A Vase On Monday – Gardenia Hips

2021 Favorites

As year 2021 closes I thank you for reading and Cathy for hosting In A Vase On Monday. There are many fine and interesting garden memes but this one caught my imagination. I have long loved having fresh flowers in the house when they were available. By participating in IAVOM I have been inspired to grow more flowers for every season. I derive pleasure and many ideas from seeing the vases of others shared weekly from across the globe, and am heartened and encouraged by those of you who take time to check out my vases on Mondays.

I chose a few of my favorite florals from my collection of 2021 vases (see Floral Design menu for other years).

Glimpse Of Spring -March 1, 2021

Daffodils In Green Vase -March 8, 2021

Iris Spring -April 19, 2021

Coral Trove -April 26, 2021

Sunrise and Dark Night -June 28, 2021

Summer Flowers In Black Vessel -August 30, 2021

Savoring The Moment -October 18, 2021

Holiday Mood -December 20, 2021.

Wishing you a floriferous and peaceful year ahead!

Visit Cathy at Rambling In The Garden to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Song

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Song

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Song

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Song

My garden has been a one-trick pony lately, offering up only camellias to fill Monday vases. Of course I am grateful to have them blooming this time of year. It was 27 degrees F. when I left the house early Sunday morning, yet Sunday afternoon I was able to pick a few fresh blooms of Yuletide and one Hana-Jiman.

Pink Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ and Red Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Nearby the camellias stand several gardenias that a former neighbor rooted for me many years ago. Yesterday I discovered two gardenia hips, orange fruits that only rarely appear on my gardenias.

Gardenia Hip

Gardenia Hip

Scouting for other materials I managed to find one tiny red Erysimum and a small Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ plant which I pulled up, including roots, from the soggy soil of the meditation circle.

Erysimum ‘Sugar Rush Red’

Foliage of Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’

To add seasonal interest I gathered greenery from a ‘Carolina Sapphire’ cypress in the back northwest corner of the garden.

‘Carolina Sapphire’ (Arizona Cypress)

I decided to include spiraea after noticing a few white flowers on the mostly bare stems. The spiraea must be confused by the mixed messages the weather has been sending recently, with temperatures sometimes warm, sometimes as I mentioned earlier, 27 degrees. This week is due to be mild and in the 60s.

A rustic wooden box serves as the container this week. The arrangement looked fine just using the items I found in the garden, but I have lots of flowers on hand that I bought for a luncheon I hosted last Monday. Adding few pale green carnations and stems of hypericum berries helped fill out the design and lifted the color.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Song

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Carnation (purchased)
Erysimum ‘Sugar Rush Red’ (Wallflower)
Gardenia jasminoides hips
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
‘Carolina Sapphire’ (Arizona Cypress)
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
Wooden crate lined with plastic container holding floral foam

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Song

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Song

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.