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In A Vase On Monday – Tender Greens And Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Tender Greens And Purple

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

I gathered a variety of vase materials yesterday evening, including Thalia daffodils, camellias and luxurious stems of spiraea, but ended up with a simple display using two types of flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Tender Greens And Purple

[Our daughter designed and built the cherry cabinet for the foyer. She named it Trillium.]

Restricting the choices to Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’ and a maturing double hellebore hybrid created a spare but powerful color palette.

In A Vase On Monday – Tender Greens And Purple

This fancy hellebore began a lovely, pure white and has gracefully aged toward apple green.

In A Vase On Monday – Tender Greens And Purple

I added a strawberry-flecked hellebore for its height and just because it is a pretty one I have not shown this year. It has a red outline at the bottom edge.

In A Vase On Monday – Tender Greens And Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Tender Greens And Purple

Materials
Flowers
Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’
Helleborus x hybridus
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Blue Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

In A Vase On Monday – Tender Greens And Purple

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In A Vase On Monday – Color Burst

In A Vase On Monday – Color Burst

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

A snow storm passed through Thursday, flattening most of the daffodils. I picked a few for a vase today but actually I had a different flower in mind to feature. I planted 100 Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’ last year and disappointingly only 5 or 6 survived. The first bloom emerged from the snow unscathed. It opened Sunday and I designated it star of today’s vase, pairing it with hellebores.

Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’

In A Vase On Monday – Color Burst

Modest in size the anemone was nearly overwhelmed by its taller and bulkier companions but I liked the rich color palette the hellebores added.

In A Vase On Monday – Color Burst

The shorter hellebore in front is Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ and the taller one at back right is Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’.

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’

The white/green with pink touches is an unnamed hybrid.

Helleborus x hybridus With Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’

Materials
Flowers and Foliage
Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’
Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

In A Vase On Monday – Color Burst

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 she and others found to place in a vase this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Cream To Green

In A Vase On Monday – Cream To Green

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

A dreamy creamy Hellebore, one I have featured before, called my attention again this week. This hybrid purchased from Pine Knot Farms in Virginia in 2016 has been magnificent this season.

In A Vase On Monday – Cream To Green

In A Vase On Monday – Cream To Green

Now that the plant has been in bloom for a few weeks it is interesting to observe how the early ivory buds open to reveal green at center and on the outermost petals before maturing to delicate green.

Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus

Materials
Flowers and Foliage
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Container
Blue ceramic mug with botanical design

Helleborus x hybridus

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In A Vase On Monday – Hellebores and Brass

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

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

It was beautiful and sunny yesterday with temperatures in the low 60s. In contrast Friday was rainy and so cold sleet glanced off my windshield for about sixty seconds when I was driving home after teaching an afternoon yoga class. Welcome to North Carolina where we frequently remind each other if you don’t like the weather just wait a day. It will change.

Hellebores continue their reign over the garden this week. It has become challenging to find a new way to present them. I considered floating some in a shallow dish, but chose instead to stage them without water at all, tucked into a brass sculpture created by my husband years ago. Visible in the background is a second taller sculpture and a box of paperwhites about to rebloom from last year.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Materials
Flowers
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Foliage
Paperwhite narcissus
Container
Brass sculpture

No hellebores were harmed in this production. Soon after being photographed they were safely returned to a small vase of water.  I have had good luck keeping hellebores in vases for a week or more this year.  That has not always been the case, but I have not treated them in any special way.

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 she and others found to place In a vase this week.

Garden Therapy

A bit of garden therapy put a spring in my step this afternoon. I saw a breathtaking display of hellebores a few days ago at a local garden center, but I left without indulging, telling myself the plants were much too extravagant.

I remained unconvinced. Nearly every hour thereafter visions of those flowers popped into my consciousness bringing regret.

Now I feel better.

2020 Lenten Rose (southern states)

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’ has large forward-facing flowers. Emerging leaves have pink veins.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’

Helleborus Honeymoon® ‘Vegas Nights’ is described as having slate gray to dark purple blooms. Unlike the other purchases this plant had only one flower, maybe a couple more buds. Hope to see more grayish sepals in the future.

Helleborus Honeymoon® ‘Vegas Nights’

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC® Champion’ ‘COSEH 940’ PPAF is covered in plenty of creamy flowers with pink accents.  These hybrids come with complicated names and I wonder if this tag is really correct. In searching the web for more information, COSEH 940 is most often referred to as ‘HGC Camelot’ and ‘HGC Champion’ is associated with COSEH 730.  Hmm!

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC® Champion’ ‘COSEH 940’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC® Champion’ ‘COSEH 940’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC® Champion’ ‘COSEH 940’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF has pink buds which open to white flowers brushed with pink. They become deeper pink as they mature. Foliage is described as blue-green. I bought two of this plant.

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF

Helleborus x b. Gold Collection® Merlin PP#22350
Helleborus x ballardiae ‘COSEH -810’ PP#22350
Outward facing light pink to pink flowers mature to a deep cranberry. Very dark green foliage with dark stems.

Helleborus x b. Gold Collection® Merlin PP#22350

Helleborus x b. Gold Collection® Merlin PP#22350

Do something nice for yourself today!

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Flowers In A Mug

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Flowers In A Mug

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 Flowers In A Mug

Walking though the garden I can almost hear plants murmuring, barely able to hold back their energy and excitement. Daffodils buds are beginning to show color but none have opened. Yesterday I discovered a fat bud on a bearded iris–the first Iris germanica to appear so early.

But the week belongs to Hellebores.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Flowers In A Mug

The flowers are served in a large pale yellow Fiestaware soup mug and photographed on the back screened porch in remnants of the late afternoon sun.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Flowers In A Mug

Several sprigs of fresh silvery-gray Artemisia foliage is tucked underneath the blooms.

Artemisia and Hellebores

Individual faces capture my heart. Some blush.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Some have freckles.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

This one is elongated with two green petals accented in pink.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Materials
Flowers
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Foliage
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)
Container
Fiestaware Jumbo Soup Mug

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

If one can have a favorite it has to be this white double. Creamy and pure, with triangular petals, and unfortunately the least prolific, it was purchased at Pine Knot Farm in Virginia in 2016. I expect the plant will continue to bulk up each year.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

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 she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

Winter Garden

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

After some very cold days this week with lows around 26 and highs in the 40s, today feels much more moderate, overcast with high of 65. Despite the cold spell Daphne odora (Winter daphne) still scents the air deliciously but the foliage has yellowed a bit. There are two Daphnes planted in front of the house. A variegated one, Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata,’ succumbed suddenly a couple of years ago.

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

More hellebores are opening around the garden. Some I bought and planted 18 years ago, some were a gift from garden club friend, Vicki, about 2006. In February 2016 I added a few more specialty ones from Pine Knot Farms in Virginia that seem to open later.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Daffodils are primed, cautiously holding back. Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft) is waking.

Narcissus With Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)

Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Boughs

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Boughs

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

After unseasonably warm (but wet) weather in January, Sunday night lows plunged to 25F. I have seen a clump of yellow daffodils blooming in my neighborhood. None of mine have opened but there are a few buds.

Daphne odora came into full bloom this week and outdoors any excuse will do to walk by the deliciously scented shrubs. For today’s vase I gathered several large stems to feature.

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

A few hellebores just starting to flower were selected also to contribute soft color and form.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Bits of fresh verdant foliage—arum, camellia, and columbine—were added for contrast and texture. The greens serve also to conceal the candleholder adapter filled with florist’s foam.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Boughs

Materials
Flowers
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Foliage
Arum italicum
Container
Glass Candelabra

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January Awakenings

On January 4, 2020 little tight hellebore buds were tucked in close to the earth. I just checked on them yesterday and they seemed content to stay hidden.  Today they have awakened.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Yesterday the lemony scent of daphne odora drifted through the air and with today’s breezes the effect is more pronounced.

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

In A Vase On Monday – Pine And Flora

In A Vase On Monday – Pine And Flora

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

January has been mild in temperature but wet, making the garden soggy. Carefully stepping into squishy soil yesterday morning I retrieved a small pine branch that had dropped into the border from the neighbor’s towering tree. The branch is the starting point for today’s vase.

To support the pine branch I reached into a treasure trove of florist pins donated to me by a friend and former coworker. She had inherited the collection from relatives and was kind to pass them on to me. There are various sizes and shapes, mostly metal pins, but a few made of glass.  The one I reached for is metal, an extra-heavy 3.5 by 4.5-inch rectangular one whose pins are sharp and nicely spaced. It gripped the branch easily in place.

Florist Pin 3.5 By 4.5 Inches

In A Vase On Monday – Pine And Flora

This arrangement is a bit like a sketch or prototype. I like it much more in person than in the photographs. With more time I would have trimmed and shaped the pine branch more and would returned to the garden for some taller materials to support the design. Perhaps too I would bind some of the needles in green wire. Possibilities are endless.

In A Vase On Monday – Pine And Flora

The hellebore bud used last week opened after a day inside. It is included in today’s vase along with one other, cut Sunday, that opened the same way.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

It is still possible to find a few camellias, so Yuletide is included again today. Daphne buds are reluctant to commit, but there are several stems with open flowers here and there.  I caught the fragrance as I cut the daphne and now am longing for it.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ and Daphne

Materials
Flowers
Anthurium
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Foliage
Anthurium
Arum italicum
Pinus taeda (loblolly pine)
Container
Black square plastic dish

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In A Vase On Monday – January Blossoms

In A Vase On Monday – January Blossoms

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. It is the first Monday of the new year. Providing continuity from the past year, 2020’s initial vase holds the familiar blossoms of Yuletide sasanqua camellia. It really is the only choice for flowers this week.

In A Vase On Monday – January Blossoms

But I included a preview of Vases Future. Hellebores seem a bit late this year despite relatively mild weather recently. Their buds are promising.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ With Hellebore Bud

The Daphne shrubs are full of buds and finally a tiny flower has emerged.

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

The anthurium flower is from a house plant we were given a year ago. Originally the color was pink and perhaps it will be again one day. I have brought it into a different room where it will receive more light and where I will be reminded to water it occasionally.

In A Vase On Monday – January Blossoms

Materials
Flowers
Anthurium
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Foliage
Anthurium
Arum italicum
Container
Blue/brown ceramic flat, round dish

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In A Vase On Monday—Spring Bulbs

Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

 

Spring is in full swing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Pure white Thalia daffodils and graceful stems of Leucojum brighten the outside borders and form the basis of today’s arrangement.

I hadn’t grown tulips in years but last fall decided to try give them a try again.  Perhaps they would have fared better with pre-chilling in the refrigerator; their growth is stunted with the flowers opening at ground level. A few in pots did a little better. Despite short stems these Negrita tulips  have a beautiful rich color and I am happy to have a few to include in a vase.

Mr. Fokker anemone is just starting to flower and the rich bluish purple is strong against the red tulips.

 

A hellebore from last week’s vase complements the tulip color.

Several sprigs of Candytuft and a dozen stems of muscari provide more texture.

Materials

Flowers
Anemone De Caen ‘Mr Fokker’
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Iberis (candytuft)
Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)
Muscari ‘Armeniacum’
Narcissus ‘Thalia’
Tulip Triumph ‘Negrita’
Foliage
Iris
Container
Hand thrown ceramic bowl, periwinkle blue glaze

 

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 – Spring And Coral

Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

Spring arrived this week along with a few days of strong sunshine. It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of a March and I have barely had a chance to wander through the garden. Sometimes life brings us to different paths than expected and the last few months have been busy with no opportunity for gardening. But Saturday morning I took time for a quick dance around the yard. Hellebores and daffodils, especially the Thalias, continue to brighten the borders. A lone hyacinth returned this year in all its splendor, redbud blooms have burst into color and white spires of spiraea sway gracefully in the breeze. Tulips planted in autumn emerged but don’t look promising. The first Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ has opened as has the Eastern columbine. White drifts of candytuft are filling out, creeping phlox has nearly disappeared. Bearded irises and peonies are growing tall and fat buds are forming on the Jackmanii clematis.

And then there is the striking camellia that inspired me to pull together a quick vase for today–Camellia ‘Coral Delight.’ This camellia barely bloomed at all the past two years. This year it is coral pink top to bottom.

Several hellebores provide a bit of contrast to the coral delight. This one came from Pine Knot Farms a couple of years ago.

Materials

Flowers
Camellia ‘Coral Delight’
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

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 – February Exuberance

In A Vase On Monday – February Exuberance

Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens. Today I almost picked red Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’. It opened in late October and never do I remember having it still in bloom as it is now at late February.

But hellebores are at their peak and seem deserving of the limelight this week.

In A Vase On Monday – February Exuberance

Fragrant Daphne odora and and cheerful narcissus are used as companion plants. A stem of Arum provides a bit of foliage interest.

In A Vase On Monday – February Exuberance

In A Vase On Monday – February Exuberance

In A Vase On Monday – February Exuberance

In A Vase On Monday – February Exuberance

In A Vase On Monday – February Exuberance

In A Vase On Monday – February Exuberance

Materials

Flowers
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Narcissus
Foliage
Arum italicum
Container
Red/black raku vase, Charles Chrisco, Chrisco’s Pottery

Apologies for not responding yet to comments last week. Sometimes we just have to pause. I have been taking care of my husband who continues to meet health challenges with grace and good humor. Please know I appreciate hearing from you and look forward to catching up on your posts soon.

In A Vase On Monday – February Exuberance

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 – Double Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Double Cream

Every Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

Last week I included a creamy double-form hybrid hellebore that was just beginning to bloom. I revisited the no-name plant this week and found some fuller flowers. Without even planning an arrangement I photographed them in front of a large ceramic vase for today’s Monday offering. Although eventually I did float the blossoms in a small glass bowl and take pictures, these images better capture the green highlights against the ivory petals with their dancing, ruffled edges.

Helleborus x hybridus

Materials

Flowers
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose). From PKF.
Container
Shallow glass dish and glass flower ring

Helleborus x hybridus

Last week the weather was sunny magnificence, with one day reaching 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here are a few more blooms from the garden.  Daphne sat upon gentle breezes, making each pass by the font door a fragrant delight.

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

More hellebores…

Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus

Daffodils could wait no longer to begin spreading cheer.

Narcissus (Daffodil)

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 – Winter Wonders

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Wonders

Each Monday from Rambling In The Garden Cathy invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

A few blooms gathered Sunday afternoon went into one of my favorite Ikebana vases.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Wonders

Included in the Ikebana arrangement is a Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide.’ The red Yuletide camellia opened in late October (as I recall) or at least by November 8, 2018, and despite the recent cold snap it continues to offer a few flowers. The small size of the camellia made it perfect for pairing with the creamy double-form hybrid hellebore purchased several years ago at Pine Knot Farms near Clarksville, Virginia. It is just scrumptious.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ and Helleborus x hybridus

Hellebores opened in my garden in January, 2019, a little later than in some years. They usually bloom well into April.

Some of the hellebores have been in the garden since 2001.  A few years later a garden club friend, Vicki, passed along a large quantity of her volunteers. They took about 3 years before flowering, well worth the wait.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Several tiny flowers of Daphne odora burst open this year on January 12. Very few have opened since then but warmer weather this week may encourage them. These fragrant shrubs usually peak late February-early March.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Wonders

While Daphne is long-lasting in a vase, the hellebores’ beauty is fleeting. I chose not to singe the stems or try other methods to preserve them.

Materials

Flowers
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)
Fiesta soup mug

Left with quite a few extras after finishing the Ikebana, I tucked the remainders into a lime green soup mug. I liked their cheerful spirit so much I decided to share both designs today.

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Wonders

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Wonders

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Wonders

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 – Anemones With Lenten Roses

In A Vase On Monday – Anemones With Lenten Roses

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

The starting point for today’s vase is a small glass bowl I found in the NCMA gift shop while visiting Art In Bloom this week. The glass is translucent white and has a pleasing low profile, rounded form.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

I have been enjoying the striking blooms of Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker.’

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

My plan was to showcase anemones alone, but the result was so stark, I revisited the garden to collect a few hellebores to fill out the arrangement.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

A stem of Leucojum is tucked among the hellebores.

Leucojum, Hellebore and Anemone

 

Materials
Flowers
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)
Leucojum (Snowflake)
Foliage
Lavender
Vase
Rounded white glass bowl

It was worth refashioning the design. In the end the colors of the hellebores brought out the purple hue of the anemones, resulting in a richer, more satisfying Monday vase.

In A Vase On Monday – Anemones With Lenten Roses

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.

Dawn Of Spring, Hellebores Reign

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Spring arrived reluctantly this week. It has been wet and even snowed yesterday, with perhaps more wintry mix this weekend. Today the sun broke through to raise spirits, but it still feels too chilly to enjoy working in the garden.

I checked on a a few things this afternoon and in my wanderings was struck by how wonderful the hellebores are this year. Their buds were showing color during the first week of February and by mid-month were blooming.

One that I have had my eye on the past month is at last in its glory. So pleased this one made. It came from Pine Knot Farm two years ago and is flowering for the first time. The three buds remained tightly closed on this hellebore long after its nearby companions had ventured to open, but today I see they are open.

Helleborus ’Black Diamond’ (Winter Jewels® Black Diamond)

Helleborus ’Black Diamond’ (Winter Jewels® Black Diamond)

Helleborus ’Black Diamond’ (Winter Jewels® Black Diamond)

Here are a few more of the hellebores from Pine Knot Farm. Some show their faces easily.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Others are shy, but can be coaxed.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Nope…this one still wants to hide. Red markings outline each petal.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

The first ever hellebores in the garden were Helleborus niger, ordered through a neighbor. She was a horticulturist and placed a large order from Monrovia for those of us in our fledgling neighborhood garden club around 2002. The club lasted only about a year, the neighbor moved away after several more, but the hellebores have returned each year.

Helleborus niger (Christmas Rose)

These are pass-alongs from a Chapel Hill Garden Club friend.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Besides hellebores several other sights made me smile as I enjoyed seeing the garden in the sunlight.

Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Cushion Blue’

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Thalia Daffodil)

Hope your spring is taking shape. Tomorrow I am headed out for the day to see over 50 floral designs inspired by art works in the collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Have a wonderful weekend!

In A Vase On Monday – Branch And Bloom

In A Vase On Monday – Branch And Bloom

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

Many Daffodils are beginning to show color around the garden, but only one sunny flower had ventured to open by the time I gathered items for today’s vase. On the other hand Hellebores have been making strong headway all week and I resigned myself to using them again this week. They worked out nicely in this late winter design.

In A Vase On Monday – Branch And Bloom

Responding to some sunny, warm days, a large spirea in the western border soon will burst into blossom. I enlisted several of its branches to add shape and structure to the vase.

In A Vase On Monday – Branch And Bloom

A small florist’s frog inserted into a small black plastic dish keeps the materials in place. A white ceramic square serves as the vase.

In A Vase On Monday – Branch And Bloom

Materials

Flowers
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Foliage
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
Vase
White ceramic square dish. Florist’s frog in black plastic cup

In A Vase On Monday – Branch And Bloom

In A Vase On Monday – Branch And Bloom

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.

A Hellebore Surprise

This little beauty is from 2016, purchased when a friend and I attended a hellebore festival at Pine Knot Farms (PKF) in southern Virginia. This is the first time it has flowered. It was not in bloom when I brought it home so I am not quite positive about the name.  By process of elimination and studying the photos from that day, it seems to be Helleborus x hybridus ‘Apricot Blush’.

These 3 images are from yesterday afternoon.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Apricot Blush’, PKF

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Apricot Blush’, PKF

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Apricot Blush’, PKF

These two photos are from this morning. The flower has opened a bit more.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Apricot Blush’, PKF

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Apricot Blush’, PKF

In A Vase On Monday – Hellebores

In A Vase On Monday – Hellebores

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

Trying to beat the rain I entered the garden yesterday morning to scout for flowers for today’s vase and immediately was rewarded with the sight of a bright yellow crocus.

Crocus Species (Snow Crocus Mixture)

The crocus was left safely in place as hellebores were already my pick of the week.

Hellebores were blooming last winter by January 7, 2017. This year the first one opened February 6, 2018—a full month later.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

The winter has been much colder for longer periods of time so imagine my surprise it was seventy degrees F. by 10 a.m. With gray skies threatening I took advantage of the mild weather to trim away old leaves from the hellebores and clean up around some daffodils. Long way to go but finally I took that first step toward getting the garden ready for spring. Daffodils were flowering last year at least by February 8, but this year they are timid.

Narcissus ‘King Alfred’ (trumpet daffodil)

Back to the matter at hand, for the vase I cut all three hellebores that were open.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Husker Red Penstemon foliage hearts (think celery hearts) anchor the design and reflect the red hue of the hellebores. Other supporting material, recycled from an arrangement from a few weeks ago, are Beefsteak Begonia heart-shaped leaves and a pine branch.

In A Vase On Monday – Hellebores

Materials

Flowers
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Foliage
Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ (Beefsteak Begonia)
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Pine branch
Vase
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Ikebana Blue Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H inches)

The overhead views were interesting.

In A Vase On Monday – Hellebores

In A Vase On Monday – Hellebores

Nearly as soon as I finished photographing the vase I knocked one of the flowers out, breaking the stem, so I decided to float it in a red flute. Beneath the glass is a poppy-themed placemat that just happened to be on the table. I love the way this image turned out.

In A Vase On Monday – Hellebores

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 – Spring Forward

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Forward

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

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Forward

Spring forward—yesterday marked a return to daylight savings time and we set clocks ahead by one hour. Despite the optimistic spring forward mnemonic, I gathered my flowers well ahead this week, on Friday, to stay ahead of winter’s return. A light snow fell briefly Sunday morning dusting the garden for a couple of hours before giving way to bright blue skies and sunshine. Early forecast models had predicted this might be a much bigger event than it was, but we could not escape below-freezing temperatures for several nights.

With impending cold and snow in mind I collected freely and was able to assemble a couple of designs.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Forward

Both arrangements include Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ for a rich punch of color and lovely pure white Narcissus ‘Thalia’ for springtime freshness.

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Narcissus ‘Thalia’ just opened during the past week.

White Narcissus ‘Thalia’

The first arrangement places Mr. Fokker in a Portmerion porcelain vase with a botanic pattern with echoes of blues, greens and a blush of pink. Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’ enlivens the effect, subtle hellebores add balance.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Forward

Although designed to be viewed from the front, the back of this arrangement shows off the Acuba’s gold flecks on dark green leaves.

Outside, arching branches of Eastern redbud are in bloom.

Back view highlights Acuba foliage. Eastern redbud is visible outdoors.

The second arrangement was intended to be a simple pitcher of daffodils, the newly opened Narcissus ‘Thalia’, and mostly is.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Forward

In my experience daffodils are strong-willed, non-compliant participants in flower arrangements and work best when used alone. I forgot that lesson this week and fiddled with them for way too long. After a struggle I conceded and let them sit where they wanted; however, I did insist they share the vase with several anemones, grape hyacinths, candytuft and a single Tahiti double daffodil.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Forward

The small bits of muscari and Iberis sempervirens add interesting texture and work well with the colors scheme.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Forward

The stoneware container holding this second design was a wedding gift from my college roommate. I enjoy using this piece. It was made by a well-known local potter, Jim Pringle.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Forward

 

Materials

Flowers
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’
Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’
Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’ (Synonym: Camellia japonica x Camellia saluenensis)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Hyacinth orientalis ‘Blue Jacket’
Hyacinth Sunrise Mix
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)
Narcissus ‘Thalia’
Foliage
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust Aucuba)
Vases
Portmerion- Botanic vase made in England
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (from set of 4 cups and pitcher, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977)

Snow or no, this looks like spring to me. Has the season changed for you yet?

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Forward

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 winter gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Shades Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday - Shades Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday – Shades Of Pink

Spring-like temperatures alerted flowers throughout the borders to awaken early this year. Then weekend brought the dreaded below-freezing lows that make farmers and backyard gardeners alike wring their hands. As I looked out Sunday morning, sure enough the neighbor’s saucer magnolia that had seemed primed for loveliness this year instead stood sagging with browned flowers.

In anticipation of joining Cathy at Rambling In The Garden in sharing a Monday vase, I browsed the garden late Sunday morning to gather materials. Surprisingly I found plenty of blooms still looking perky and bright. The ones I collected this week were mostly pink, starting with a winter flowering Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’ that had begun showing color by February 24 and finally opened last week.

Camellia x 'Coral Delight'

Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’

I used hellebores last week but these stood out in that each stem had two flowers with very different colors. The top, more recently opened bloom was pink but the lower one had matured toward a striking lime green.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Several branches of native Eastern redbud covered in tight clusters of pink flowers were used to add height, rhythm, and a bit of drama to the arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday - Shades Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday – Shades Of Pink

Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud)

Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud)

Mounds of pure white Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft) are the final ingredient in today’s Monday offering. This is one of my favorite ground covers.

Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)

Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)

Materials
Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’
Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’ (Synonym: Camellia japonica x Camellia saluenensis)
Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
2.5 inch florist’s frog (floral pin holder)
Small black plastic Solo bowl
Black glazed, square ceramic pot base

In A Vase On Monday - Shades Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday – Shades Of Pink

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 winter gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.