In A Vase On Monday—Diminutive Treasures

In A Vase On Monday-Sasanquas

In A Vase On Monday-Sasanquas

Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.

Mornings now are frosty and very little is blooming in the garden. This past week I bought several flats of pansies and violas on sale and planted them out in the meditation circle. I hope they will quickly establish themselves; already a few tiny ones are blooming which I picked for today’s vase.

Viola

Viola

Other minuscule flowers, 3 red dianthus and a sprig of candytuft, were surprise finds, but almost too small to use.

Viola

Viola

 

Viola and Dianthus

Viola and Dianthus

I decided to round out the group with some stems of sedum, yarrow and a couple of camellia buds.

Yarrow

Yarrow

The camellias were larger in scale and became dominant, but the other tiny items add color and texture.

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Materials
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (Angelina Stonecrop)
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Dianthus ‘Ideal Select Red’
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Viola

In A Vase On Monday-Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' and Dianthus 'Ideal Select Red'

In A Vase On Monday-Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ and Dianthus ‘Ideal Select Red’


These cyclamen and green chrysanthemums are flowers I purchased to use for some early holiday entertaining, so thought I would share them today also. The cyclamen will be used to decorate the fireplace and may eventually make their way into a vase.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

These versatile glasses were a wedding gift from a college roommate and still good friend. When not in use for serving liqueurs, the glasses work well for holding flowers.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums


Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower arranging addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday and feel free to join in.

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42 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Diminutive Treasures

  1. Julie

    Your first vase is lovely Susie, but I really, really like the Chrysanthemums in the glass vases, so stylish and elegant, such a gorgeous wedding gift too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It’s getting harder to be surprised. We’ve had several nights below freezing so most plants are getting the signal to shut down. Glad you like the mums too.

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  2. Kris P

    Like the other commentators, I was particularly taken by the green mums in the pretty crystal glasses with the silver tray – it just goes to show the value of simplicity. Still I love pansies and found myself attracted to their pretty faces too – an unexpected but pleasing companion to the red Camellia. I’m still debating whether or not to put pansies in here as our temperatures are back near 80F and the Santa Ana winds are blowing, conditions that don’t make it easy for the pansies to get established especially as rain remains in short supply.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I love pansies too but for a while, Kris, I wouldn’t plant them because the landscaping companies around here plant them everywhere. But a couple of years ago I tried them in the circle and they provided so much color through the winter that I’ve given in. Your weather has been so difficult to deal with, hasn’t it? I really wish you could get some relief.

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  3. Cathy

    Yes, the dots of colour add that extra contrast to the camellias – and there’s that nice blue vase again! The green chysanths look so elegant in the glasses – great idea, and thanks for sharing.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It was nice to find something blooming beyond just the camellias this week, even though they were such small bits. I must try to grow some of those green chrysanthemums. I think they’d be very adaptable in a variety of arrangements.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Anca. The green mums seems almost abstract. It will be interesting to try those glasses with different a different color of flower and play with the effect.

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  4. Christina

    Your Camellia is as lovely as ever and it must be in a protected spot not to be frosted. The little shot glasses are adorable with the green Chrysanthemums. Is it late to be establishing new plants to flower now, I usually think that you have to put in plants that already have flowers for them to flower through the winter and not just in spring.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’m surprised the camellia has kept going so well this year. Good question. The pansies have been in only for a few days, but each morning there are a few flowers opening. I hope the pansies will be ok. The daytime temps are still pretty mild so I think they have time. (Hope you’re having a good visit.)

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The pansies are so cheery when walking the labyrinth. Flowers really add to the experience. And, yes, that green is something–not sure another color would be as effective.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Brian, for a few years I tried just having perennials in the meditation circle, but they were difficult. I’ve been much happier using violas for winter interest–they’re so long-lasting.

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  5. homeslip

    Lovely miniature posy. I keep seeing innovative ways of displaying flowers and your silver tray of liqueur glasses is no exception. There are all sorts of things flowering in the garden that really shouldn’t be, mostly very wet and bedraggled, but it is fun to see them and a good excuse to venture into the garden.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you, sometimes the little happenstance blossoms bring the most happiness. I’ve used the liqueur glasses often but never kept them together in the silver holder before. Will be sure to try it again. Have a good week.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The yuletide camellia is having its best year in a long time, Eliza. It may just make it until Christmas this year. I’ve been looking for a good description for those mums and apple green is it.

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  6. Noelle

    Such a lovely range of blooms…which to comment on. I am so late everyone has already said what I thought…but I think there will be some violas in the garden next year here.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’m behind reading blogs this week too Noelle, but I appreciate you taking time to comment. A few violas really are nice to tide the garden over until spring.

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  7. Cath

    I love both vases. The red camellia and the blue vase both have that sort of matt texture and dark colour which makes them look quite solid. The green Chrysanthemums are gorgeous. I so wish I could find some of those.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cath. Interesting observation about the blue vase being solid. I agree and will have to play that up next time. Hope you find the green mums. These were from Trader Joe’s but I think they’re everywhere.

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  8. Cathy

    I think those tiny flowers can hold their own with the Camellias – love the close-ups. And the chrysanthemums are perfect for your little glasses. I will definitely bookmark that idea for future reference Susie!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The little flowers have such strong color it boosts their strength. I’m flattered you would bookmark the chrysanthemums–I’m going to remember this one too.

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  9. Hannah

    The Yuletide camellia is so splendid with the matte blue vase, and the red dianthus, as well as the Hane-jiman and other small flowers. It really has a holiday air to me, Susie. The glasses are pretty in a group.

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