In A Vase On Monday—Over The Top

 

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Monday brings an opportunity to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly  In A Vase On Monday, where the goal is to fill a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.

It has been years since I had planted hyacinth bulbs and they’ve been fun to watch. What an exuberant kind of flower. I had been reluctant to cut any but with Saturday night’s temperature predicted to drop down into the twenties, there was no better time. Still I chose only three, one ‘Blue Jacket’ and two ‘Woodstock’.

All over town native redbuds are blooming, Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud). Mine popped into flower suddenly Friday, really it seems it just opened without warning. I cut a branch, thinking it might be useful in preparing a Monday vase because the color is similar to ‘Woodstock’ hyacinth.

Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud)

Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud)

 

Also I discovered a newly opened Leucojum from among several my sisters shared with me last March from their garden. Thought I might as well rescue it too and appreciate it at close view.

I placed all the material into water for conditioning overnight, using two vases that were conveniently at hand. When I was ready to arrange the flowers I liked the way they looked with the vases so decided to stick with them. I used a floral pin holder to hold the large, arching branch of redbud, but kept the pin holder out of view by placing the branch behind a vase.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

 

Having such rich colors in bloom is intoxicating. I took dozens and dozens of photos. I played around with the arrangement of the two vases in relation to each other and to the branch, until finally the entire arrangement seemed a bit excessive and over-the-top. Less is more, but this was more and more. I could not stop. Eventually the heavy fragrance of the hyacinths became overpowering and that was that.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Materials
Hyacinth orientalis ‘Blue Jacket’
Hyacinth orientalis ‘Woodstock’
Cercis canadensis L. (Eastern Redbud)
Leucojum (Giant or Summer Snowflake)
Narcissus leaves

Many 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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29 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Over The Top

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Judy. The fragrance was nice up to a point, then the hyacinths really became overpowering. They’re fine in the house, just not with me so close to them.

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  1. johnvic8

    I like your use of the redbud. I have a feeling that this year’s redbuds are among the most vibrant and beautiful. Was it all that cold weather?

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  2. Cathy

    Oh wow – love that multi vase thingy! What a great design! And how nice to see your Woodstock in a vase – I have this too but it flowered at the same time as Miss Saigon which was in a vase the other week, despite being planted two months earlier, so I didn’t want to use hyacinths again quite yet. Your cercis, is so pretty – and looks very elegant ‘over the top’ like that. Glad to read you are keeping yourself amused by taking lots of photographs when you can’t get out in the garden (although you haven’t mentioned the S word this week…)!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Miss Saigon seems to be similar in color to Woodstock. I have enjoyed having hyacinths in the garden this year. The redbuds always delights me.

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      1. Cathy

        You are right about the colour but the Peter Nyssen catalogue description made them sound very different! I do like these dark purple ones…

  3. Donna@Gardens Eye View

    Oh what a glorious time in the garden when the hyacinths bloom…my favorite spring bulb for the colors, blooms and incredible fragrance…and I love how you played with that very wabi sabi redbud branch all crooked and perfect. Great arrangements.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Those twisty, angular branches can be interesting. I added another redbud branch to a tall vase of spirea and have been enjoying them together. Hyacinths are amazing–It’s hard to choose a favorite this time of year.

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  4. Kris P

    I laughed about the “dozens and dozens of photos” comment as I periodically find myself in that mode too, trying to get the shot that perfectly conveys how an arrangement makes me feel. I love your use of the branch stems – for some reason, I never think of cutting those but they do add a whole new dimension.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      A kindred spirit! Getting the right photo is sometimes straightforward, some times impossible. Branches can add height and some drama to an arrangement. I’m still learning how to work with them though.

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  5. Cathy

    Very impressive Susie – the wildness and colour of the redbud branch go so well with those prim pink hyacinths. They complement each other! It sounds as if that fragrance was going to your head while you were photographing. Isn’t it fun just to play around sometimes! 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, it was going to my head. I think getting to play around each Monday is one of the things I like about putting together these weekly vases. Thanks Cathy!

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  6. Julie

    Such beautiful colours this week Susie! Woodstock is my favourite hyacinth – mine are barely out of the ground yet and that redwood is stunning. I have the same multi vase thing (how can I describe it?) as you, but mine is plain white. I have only ever used it with snowdrops but perhaps it deserves a few more outings this year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Julie, I like that redbud too. it’s nice to have color in the yard again and to have a choice when preparing vases. The little multi vase was a gift from my daughter and I’ve found it’s quite adaptable to a variety of flowers of different colors. Of course, filled with your snowdrops, it would make a beautiful display.

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  7. Elizabeth

    Your hyacinths are beautiful and the redbud is delightful. Your multi-vase thing – wonder what the correct term is – is super. I’ve included a hyacinth in my vase this week and I do agree that the perfume can be a bit overwhelming.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Multiple vase arrangement? Collection of vases? Multi-vase thing works too. Glad you enjoyed this today Elizabeth. It’s so nice to have a lot of flowers blooming.

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  8. Christina

    Seems like all our gardens are suddenly waking up! I love your elegant arrangement. A friend gave me a few branches of her blossoming peach yesterday which I’m enjoying in the kitchen but I may add it to a bigger arrangement for Easter. Have a happy holiday Susie.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, yes it’s a please to see the garden awakening. Your blossoming peach will be perfect for an Easter arrangement. Hope you have a happy holiday too Christina.

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  9. lindachilton

    Hi pbm,I love the oriental look of the spreading cercis branch . Here I have a small and treasured one, Forest Pansy I hope for blooms one day.
    The hyacinth colours are so rich, like a tapestry.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Linda. Forest Pansy is a beautiful cercis–I do hope it blooms well for you. The hyacinths are long gone but made a nice impact in the early garden.

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