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In A Vase On Monday – May Dazzle

In A Vase On Monday – May Dazzle

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 – May Dazzle

Recently I have been enjoying a serene view in the garden whereby I am looking through tall white spires of Husker Red penstemon toward a border dominated various greens. White panicles of oakleaf hydrangea punctuate one end of the scene, while subdued silvery gray-green foliage of a passalong Dusty Miller fronts large clumps of dark green perennials not yet in bloom. This low-key combination of white, gray-green, and dark green was the inspiration for today’s vase.

Upon inspection the penstemon flowers were browning a bit, past their prime after a rainy week, but the hydrangeas were still quite fresh. Fern-like leaves of tansy, another passalong,  were included for color and texture.

Tansy Foliage Among Oakleaf Hydrangea

It seems an arrangement always needs more flowers than one would think. Unwilling to cut more hydrangeas I ended up using more peonies (from the refrigerator). And although using white peonies again this week would have preserved my original intention to create a subtle, calm design, I had featured them the past two vases.

I chose instead to add a bit of dazzle with Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene.’ I could not resist adding a few “blue” angelonia to the mix also.

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’

Angelonia angustifolia ‘Angelface Blue’

Heuchera leaves with reddish undersides pick up the hues of the peony and angelonia, while silvery, delicate Dusty Miller quiets the mood.

Heuchera and Dusty Miller Foliage With Peony, Hydrangea and Angelonia

The character of this vase evolved into a more spirited, brighter presentation than I had envisioned. I have learned not to stress over keeping a rigid idea and in the end, I am happy with this result. As a bonus, the peonies are quite fragrant.

In A Vase On Monday – May Dazzle

Materials
Flowers
4 Angelonia angustifolia ‘Angelface Blue’ (Summer Snapdragon)
2 Angelonia angustifolia ‘Angelface White’ (Summer Snapdragon)
7 Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
5 Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Foliage
Dusty Miller (passed along as Dusty Miller. Possibly Artemisia)
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)
Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Mechanics
Floral foam
6-inch plastic Lomey dish
Large Green Ceramic Urn

Keeping the urn-shaped vase in mind, I created this design by inserting the fresh materials into floral foam that had been secured to a 6-inch plastic dish. Once the arrangement was completed I placed the dish to sit atop the urn.

In A Vase On Monday – May Dazzle

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.

Lilium ‘Black Out’ And ARTiculture

Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily) – May 25, 2017

Asiatic lilies planted in a patio container last summer did poorly but they redeemed themselves this year.

Lilium ‘Black Out’ opened this week, but on its own time, not mine. I had been watching and waiting, hoping it would be ready in time for ARTiculture, my local garden club’s flower show on Tuesday. Instead the flowers waited until Wednesday to reveal their deep red beauty.

Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily) – May 25, 2017

Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily) -May 26, 2017

Entries for flower show had to be delivered on Monday for judging on Tuesday morning.

With no lilies available (and gardenias were still just fat buds also on Monday), Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’ served double-duty. She made her debut in my Monday vase early in the morning and by afternoon she was entered in the Horticulture division of the show.

Fragrant Pair -May 22, 2017

Only two flowers were entered in the Paeonia class and both were mine.  Peony ‘Pink Parfait’ was my second entry. Both peonies had been cut in bud stage several weeks earlier and stored in the refrigerator. They held up very well using this technique.

The judges created a sub-class and both flowers earned blue ribbons—a fun ending to the story.

Peonies at ARTiculture