In A Vase On Monday—Winter Vase

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday – View From Above

Monday brings an opportunity to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.

This week we had a very minor ice storm, lots of rain and even a day of sunshine. There are very few choices for winter blooms in my January garden, making it difficult to come up with anything new for a Monday vase.

Although Hellebores have been used in my first two vases this month I clipped four more (all that were open) to use again this week.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

 

For further inspiration I looked indoors where a few pots of cyclamen have been blooming for several weeks and a Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ has recently begun to flower as well. I chose two bright red cyclamens, but left the begonia blossom intact, collecting the leaves instead.

‘Erythrophylla’ leaves are bright, shiny green in front, but flipped over they reveal a beautiful red underside. Their contrasting white veins are also flecked with red, reminiscent of red speckles inside the hellebores.

Red and green Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ leaves add contrast and texture.

For a vase I used the shallow, ceramic leaf-shaped dish. The three holes in the top were just right size to hold the various stems snugly in place.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

I positioned the three leaves first, with the back one directly opposite the ceramic leaf of the vase itself. Next beginning in back I established a line of pink hellebores curving right to left. The pair of cyclamen flowers complete the arrangement for today.

A pair of cyclamen blossoms add a final jolt of color to the arrangement.

A pair of cyclamen blossoms add a final jolt of color to the arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Materials List
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Cyclamen
Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ (Beefsteak Begonia)

 

In A Vase On Monday - Winter Vase

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Vase

In A Vase On Monday - Winter Vase

In A Vase On Monday – Winter Vase

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.

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23 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Winter Vase

  1. Christina

    Susie, this is very inventive; I particularly liked how you placed the Hellebore flowers in a line, creating movement through the design. The back of the leaf is a fabulous colour and works perfectly with the vase itself and the flowers.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, thought the hellebores would make more impact that way. I’ve always admired the red coloring on those Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ leaves.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Judy. I had a Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ just after college for many years until it died for some unknown recently. Only found another one a couple of years ago. both times they were started from a little piece of the stem, rooted in water. I love those leaves.

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  2. Cathy

    You hare using that lovely ‘vase’ again – and it’s brilliant for showing your inspired slim pickings. As John says, it’s really creative so thanks for sharing it with us.

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  3. Julie

    Lovely Susie and really clever, I like how the leaf of the vase is incorporated into the design so beautifully. We do not have ice storms over here, they sound grim.

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  4. Cathy

    What sweet arrangement! The colours are so warming for this time of year. I seem to remember seeing that very nice ‘leaf dish’ before as well? The hellebore on your banner is lovely too!

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  5. Chloris

    How creative you are! I love those red backed Begonia leaves. I would never have thought of using them. A lovely effect, and the dish is the perfect container for the arrangement.

    Reply

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