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In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

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

It was a banner year for irises and peonies, but now with the garden in a transitional stage, filling a vase today was challenging. Eventually I settled on pansies which will soon be pulled up and the very last of the irises.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

Iris ‘Fabian’ was the last iris to bloom. I’ve had this iris since the late 1970s. The flowers are dusky purple and rather small.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

Materials
Flowers
Iris ‘Fabian’
Pansy ‘Delta™ Premium Pure Light Blue’ (Viola × wittrockiana)
Pansy ‘Panola® Purple’ (Viola × wittrockiana)
Verbena bonariensis
Foliage
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Dutch’ (Dutch Lavender)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches, with floral pin holder.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

In A Vase On Monday – Flowering Purple

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

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 – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ was the last of my peonies to open just as unsettled weather came into the forecast. Friday’s predicted rains fizzled, but on Saturday morning we had a storm that finally brought some precipitation. To prepare for this week’s vase I gathered peonies early and set them aside for conditioning in cool water. Although a few flowers gently shed their petals before I could use them, there were plenty more, this having been an abundant year for peonies.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

I had a specific shape in mind composed of mostly greenery dominating on one side and pink peonies on the other, but the design drifted from the concept as I began working. It seemed a shame not to use all the peonies so I continued finding places to tuck them.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Joining Sarah are other pinks, P. ‘Madame Emile Debatene’  and P. ‘Pink Parfait’, and a few pieces of perennial sweet pea I recently noticed was suddenly blooming. The arrangement is large as one might predict knowing the peonies span 5-9 inches across.

Cerinthe, nearly finished blooming, created a bit of mystery. My daughter was visiting this weekend and she kept hearing noises in the house. I walked down the hall to investigate and found cerinthe seeds had been released all over the floor.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Flowers In A Black Vase

Materials
Flowers
Lathyrus latifolius (Perennial Sweet Pea)
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’
Foliage
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

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

The garden has been intoxicating recently, full of color and fragrance as peonies took their place among roses and irises.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Simple vases of peonies in the house this week have meant pure delight.

Thought it looks appropriate for Valentine’s this red pitcher with heart decoration was just right to emphasize Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ in all its flouncy fluffiness.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

A second pitcher features P. ‘Festiva Maxima’ along with two pinks, P. ‘Madame Emile Debatene’  and P. ‘Pink Parfait’.

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Materials
Flowers
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Foliage
none
Container
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (pitcher and 4 cups, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977)
Red pitcher with white hearts

We had some rain this weekend and Sunday the temperature was back down to 54F during the day after reaching into the upper 80s earlier in the week. The rain was much needed but it did leave the peonies tousled and soggy. There still are more buds and one other type of peony yet to open.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

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 – This Moment

In my garden the pinnacle is when the irises and roses come together, enjoined for a brief time in gentle perfection.

While irises have been flowering since late March, this week brought out the roses. And there it was—the garden hit its peak—as much a feeling as a visual. Every glance out the window, every step along the borders, brought the knowing sensation, this is the moment.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

The garden has many different irises but only one rose. Passed down through several generations, this rose is cherished mostly for the memories it carries, of dear ones who grew it before me. It blooms only briefly so selecting the rose as today’s centerpiece was a natural choice.

Virgie’s Rose

After the arrangement came together I realized the roses’ companions in this arrangement reflect the garden’s moving timeline.

Hellebores began appearing late in January, Cerinthe in early March. Dianthus came along early this month (April), Iris virginica ‘Contraband Girl’ popped out a week ago,  Verbena bonariensis and Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ opened just three days ago. Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ is full of buds and soon will explode into its glory.

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

In A Vase On Monday – This Moment

So the garden keeps moving. But there’s something unique about this moment when the irises and roses meet again that makes the garden feel like my garden.

Materials
Flowers
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Dianthus Ideal Select Mix
Iris virginica ‘Contraband Girl’
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Virgie’s Rose
Foliage
Helleborus
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Pass Alongs

In A Vase On Monday – Pass Alongs

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 – Pass Alongs

A bright spot in 2020 was a gift of tall bearded irises I had admired on the Instagram feed of petalsandwingsimages. The rhizomes arrived in September but made no flowers last year. This week they revealed themselves, dark inky blue buds opened into delicate lavender confections. I had made a note that the foliage was variegated but it no longer seems to be. The irises are lightly scented, almost sweet.

Tall bearded iris – passalong from petalsandwingsimages. Japanese Roof Iris in background

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Planted nearby are shorter Japanese roof iris. These beardless iris were rescued for me one summer a couple decades ago by a friend whose master gardener neighbor was dividing and sharing his. The fringed crest is white, falls and standards are purple.

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Through the years my mother’s first cousin, Virgie, shared many garden plants with me and when we moved to this house in 2001 I brought along quite a few. One treasured pass along is a rose that she, my mother, and my grandmother all grew. The first flower opened Sunday, just in time to be included in my vase of pass alongs this week.

Virgie’s Rose

Materials
Flowers
Dianthus Ideal Select Mix
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)
Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)
Virgie’s Rose
Foliage
Helleborus
Container
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (pitcher and 4 cups, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens. Monday here was gray and cold. Great quantities of much-needed rain fell from early morning until late afternoon and I spent the day cocooned under a quilt with a book.

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

So here it is Tuesday, sunny yet still chilly. Although a day late I prepared a vase and filled it with Easter hues. The flowers are not at their best after being battered about yesterday, but their colors sing the season.

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

Materials
Flowers
Iris germanica ‘Immortality’
Iris germanica ‘Orinoco Flow’
Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Double Daffodil)
Peony ‘Coral Charm’
Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)
Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Hill’ (Meadow Sage)
Foliage
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches, with floral pin holder.

Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’ (Double Daffodil)

Peony ‘Coral Charm’

In A Vase On Monday – Easter Bouquet

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Green Urn With Irises

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

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

As irises begin their spring performance, it seems only natural to feature a group of Dutch iris that popped up next to the driveway this week, just as they have for the past twenty years. Attempts to extend Dutch iris into the main garden borders have been oddly unsuccessful, but this bunch is resilient.  They all opened at the same time so I cut the entire group (more than two dozen) to use in an arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

The green container is one my sister chose for me at an estate sale a few years ago. The large, tall and heavy urn easily holds today’s long, sturdy iris stems. With its unique shape the vase itself could be the focal point, but the Dutch irises, all white but for a single blue one, compete with a strong presence.

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

Markings of bright egg-yolk yellow as well as pale hints of lavender give quirky personality to the white flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

Materials
Flowers
Iris × hollandica (Dutch iris)
Foliage
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Container
Large Green Ceramic Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn

In A Vase On Monday – Irises In Green Urn (Waterlogue watercolor effect)

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

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 – Blue And White

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

My father took my sisters and me to my first college basketball game at Duke when I was in about the fourth grade (on a school night. We were two hours away). Later when my older sister became a freshman at UNC, we inevitably switched loyalties and have been following the Tar Heels ever since. Today’s flowers are a tribute to Carolina basketball, marking the epic 81-77 win Saturday in the first NCAA Final Four meeting of Carolina and Duke.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

There’s just something about playing Duke. In 1974 I was in Carmichael in the student section with fantastic seats, mid-court about the 4th row, for the great 17 points in 8 seconds comeback when Walter Davis made his famous shot that sent the game into overtime. If you know what I’m talking about, you know what I’m talking about. If not, back to regular garden programming next week.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue And White

Materials
Flowers
White Cyclamen
White Iberis Sempervirens (Candytuft)
White Leucojum aestivum (Summer snowflake)
Blue and White Muscari (Grape hyacinth)
Blue pansies
Foliage
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

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

I am enjoying the garden’s daily transitions. Columbine is just about to open, as are the first bearded irises and peonies—all are caught in the almost stage.

Iris buds – Iris ‘Crimson King’

While scouting for today’s vase contents I found inspiration from a redbud tree, whose soaring branches are outfitted with ebullient flower clusters.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

For several weeks I have been tempted by a moth orchid that has been flowering (indoors) for several months. Its color is almost jarring against other flowers, enough so as to make it a feature today.  I do not expect it to last more than a few days, but chose it for the way it pulls out the pink in the daffodil’s trumpet and the magenta of the rosebud.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

After photographing the flowers I went back and added a white daffodil and a grape hyacinth. The arrangement seemed to need the brightness of the white flower, but I am not satisfied with the placement. It was too late in the process to start fiddling.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

Materials
Flowers
Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
Helleborus x hybridus
Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)
Muscari
Narcissus
Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)
Foliage
Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan. With floral pin holder.

In A Vase On Monday – Orchid With Redbud

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

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

Several stems of spring-flowering Coral Delight camellias form the foundation of today’s vase while snow white Thalia daffodils dance above.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

Materials
Flowers
Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Thalia Daffodil)
Foliage
Camellia
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches, with floral pin holder.

In A Vase On Monday – Spring Delight

Happy Spring!

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 enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

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 – March Mingle

I gathered flowers from the garden on Friday ahead of predicted storms on Saturday and deep freezing temperatures Sunday morning.  I knew the camellia that has just begun flowering could suffer damage so it was the first stop.

Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’

I hadn’t grown hyacinths in several years so was excited this week when they began unfolding. I brought in five to enjoy. Their fragrance is nearly overpowering, even from the foyer where this week’s arrangement sits.

Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

The hyacinths along with the foliage and aged hellebores create one of my favorite color studies—a rich, yet peaceful, combination of blues and greens.

Greens And Blues (or Purples)

Bright sprigs of white spiraea help create contrast against the dark hyacinths.

Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea) and Hyacinth Orientalis Shades of Blue

Materials
Flowers
Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’
‘Pride of Gibraltar’ Hummingbird Cerinthe
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides
Hippeastrum
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Visible from the side angle, at the back right corner and at front center are a couple of pieces of cerinthe that overwintered in the meditation circle. The plant had seemingly shaken off the strains of winter and was just starting to bloom. Fingers crossed it will pull through the weekend’s weather challenge.

In A Vase On Monday – March Mingle

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 enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

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

This week I offer an arc of delicately colored hellebores in creams and soft pinks, a set of summer snowflakes, and a pair of spirea stems with flowers beginning to unfold.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)

Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)

Beneath the standing flowers, additional hellebores rest gently, floating atop the pool of cool water.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

Materials
Flowers
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake)
Spiraea prunifolia (bridal wreath spiraea)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides
Container
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

It was warm when I gathered the flowers on Saturday so before arranging them I placed them in water overnight to recover from the stress. By the next morning about half had drooped significantly. Others were fine.

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

In A Vase On Monday – Pastels And Cream

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 enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

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 – Standing Together

Blue containers, yellow flowers. I have no sunflowers to feature this morning but perhaps you will agree daffodils are appropriate.

Among the most democratic of flowers, daffodils are long-lasting, easy for everyone to grow,  rewarding to pass-along. A great equalizer, this time of year nearly every house in North Carolina, large or small, shares a few bright yellow blooms with passersby.

In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

The courageous flowers amaze us with their resilience. They are stalwarts, consoling us after a long winter, gladdening our hearts, filling us with optimism, giving notice of renewal. While they cannot bring peace they can symbolize a brighter way to lead and live.

In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

Materials
Flowers
Narcissus ‘King Alfred’
Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’
Narcissus (unknown miniature)
Foliage
Container
Various ceramic blue pots (Ikebana rectangle, Pringle Pottery pitcher, olive oil cruet)

In A Vase On Monday – Standing Together

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 enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

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 – February Revelry

I usually like to prepare my vase on Sunday but felt too indecisive. Being out in the garden early this morning was not a bad thing though. It was sunny, already above freezing and now just after 11 a.m. it is 57°F. and heading toward 66°F.

I returned indoors with snips of hellebores, daffodils and pansies, winter daphne, spirea and gardenia foliage, set to work. Eventually I found myself emerging from a satisfying floral meditation.

Belying the serene atmosphere in which it was created, the resulting arrangement feels rather festive and full of energy.

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

In A Vase On Monday – February Revelry

Materials
Flowers
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Pansy ‘Delta™ Berry Tart Mix’ (Viola × wittrockiana)
Pansy ‘Panola® Purple’ (Viola × wittrockiana)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides
Container
Textured, incised ceramic pedestal vase, rice or bone color. 5×6-inches. Red wooden platter.

The daffodils…

Daffodils in Blue Vase

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 enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Early Signals

In A Vase On Monday – Early Signals

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

The past week brought some lovely sunny days with temperatures reaching into the 60s and even 70s° F. but the narcissus are not convinced winter is done. Daffodils have been peeking above ground since before Christmas. Recently tentative yellow buds became noticeable. There were a few early scouts, which I plucked to share with you this Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Early Signals

The miniature Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’ were perfectly suited to this tiny vase, but the long stems of the two Narcissus ‘King Alfred’ on the right were trimmed considerably.

Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’

Narcissus ‘King Alfred’

Materials
Flowers
Narcissus ‘King Alfred’
Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’
Foliage
Container
Runner vase, 2-inch high blue bottles

In A Vase On Monday – Early Signals

Happy Valentine’s Day!  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 enjoying this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

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

The last of the holiday Amaryllis opened overnight, delaying a planned debut of this year’s hellebores. Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’ had already exceeded expectations with it first two stalks before sending up one more.

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

The vase is a hefty amphora created by our daughter during her high school days.

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

In A Vase On Monday – Amphora With Flower

Materials
Flowers
Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’ (Hippeastrum)
Foliage
English Lavender
Container
Amphora

A dozen robins joined a backyard garden party of cardinals, wrens, mourning doves, towhees a couple of days ago, forming a cheerful reminder spring is on the way. Several days before I counted a half-dozen Red-winged Blackbirds gathering briefly in the redbud tree before continuing on their way.

I had help this year readying the garden—rabbit fencing and the first weeding, cutting back and mulching chores are checked off the list.  Daffodils have been pushing through since December. Their buds are finally starting to show. A few spring flowers are on order.  How about you?

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 – Red and Read

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

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

It has been a bit unusual to have a January with three weekends of snow. This time the snow disappeared quickly and the yoga class I teach went forward as scheduled yesterday. Today sun is shining with 37°F. temperatures that are forecast toward 50°F. Days are lengthening.

Several pots of indoor cyclamen are beginning to bloom this week. I shifted one’s contents into a vase for a quick Monday contribution. Posed with holiday amaryllis and a stack of favorite gardening titles, I aim to keep winter weariness at bay.

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

Materials
Flowers and Foliage
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
Cyclamen
Container
Ceramic Urn Stamped “Vintage 4”

In A Vase On Monday – Red and Read

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 – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

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

Last weekend’s sleet and freezing rain cleared quickly, but next we had deep cold and (a beautiful) snow this past weekend. In the throes of winter I find myself grateful for the plant therapy multiple gifts of Amaryllis have provided.

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

They look beautiful blooming on the plant, they last well in a vase. These particular Amaryllis, wildly prolific, were a gift from our sweet niece and husband, Julie and Gordon.

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

Usually I prepare my Monday vase a day early, but yesterday found me uncertain as to how to use the Amaryllis. This morning an idea came, though it soon evolved, as usual, toward a different concept. I followed along.

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

As I was fussing over some detail, sunlight burst into the foyer through a large upper story window. Light, announcing itself a ready participant, became the final element in the design. I grabbed the camera.

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

Materials
Flowers
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
Chrysanthemum (remnants of purchased bouquet)
Foliage
Gardenia
Lichen-covered branch
Container
Glassware

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

In A Vase On Monday – Assemblage And Light

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.

Flowery Views

Deconstructed Vase II

I spent a few minutes this morning deconstructing yesterday’s In A Vase On Monday contribution, the one composed of purchased bouquets.

In A Vase On Monday – Flowery Impulse

I wanted to pursue an idea to create an Ikebana design using the Gerbera daisies in the black rectangular container, but I shifted gears right away. It proved more practical to lift out the Gerberas and style them into a different vase rather than to remove all the other materials from the black vase. The vision in my head never materialized but I ended up with two distinct arrangements, that diverge from the original in interesting ways.

Deconstructed Vase I

Deconstructed Vase I

Eventually I removed that tall Sweet William in back at left, which I had liked, but the second version feels more balanced and less tense.

Deconstructed Vase I

The remaining flowers required some shifting around but nothing major. There’s no daring but I ended up liking this incarnation with its soothing, limited palette.

Deconstructed Vase II

Deconstructed Vase II

Deconstructed Vase II

Deconstructed Vase II

It would be fun to rework the vases everyday all week but that probably won’t happen. This was a good exercise though.

 

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 – 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 – 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.