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In A Vase On Monday – March Delight

In A Vase On Monday – March Delight

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from the garden.

What began as a feature of three hyacinths staged with euphorbia, morphed into a completely different design this morning. Titled March Delight, it was a struggle to create. After initial placements of euphorbia and insertion of a white phalaenospsis recycled from last week, everything seemed on track.

Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) from last week’s vase

Next I inserted the hyacinths, a lovely pale pink and two lavender ones. They needed just a bit of tweaking to adjust the balance, but refused from there to cooperate. Eventually the hyacinth stems pretty much disintegrated from attempts to position them.

To salvage the arrangement I reverted to an idea I had dismissed earlier of using another orchid from my kitchen window garden. Purchased last year this orchid had recently rebloomed into a creamy delight of pink and speckles with with traces of apricot.

Orchid

Cyclamen, Iberis and a tiny remnant of the pink hyacinth were used to supplement the revised scheme.

Pink Hyacinth, pink and white Cyclamen and white Orchid hovering above Begonia leaf

I tried culling and editing to give the individual flowers more space, a difficult thing to do sometimes. Originally there were two additional stems of euphorbia, but they overwhelmed the delicate orchids and cyclamen. They came out along with some of the Iberis and narcissus leaves.

In A Vase On Monday – March Delight

Materials

Flowers
Cyclamen
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Hyacinthus orientalis (Hyacinth)
Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)
Foliage
Begonia ‘Erythrophylla’ (Beefsteak Begonia)
Euphorbia ‘Shorty’ (Shorty Spurge)
Narcissus leaves
Container and Mechanics
Blue ceramic vase
Small black plastic Solo bowl – vase insert
3-inch florist’s frog (floral pin holder)

Here is a final peek at what is left of the mischievous culprit. I will enjoy the remaining hyacinths outdoors in the garden.

Hyacinthus Orientalis

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday—February In Royal Blue

In A Vase On Monday - February In Royal Blue

In A Vase On Monday – February In Royal Blue

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

Sunday was 70°F and in the main garden sun melted away the last stubborn patch of snow from the previous weekend. Though there are bulbs springing up everywhere the garden looks exhausted.

A couple of stems of hellebore combined with arum and ilex foliage were the only potential vase materials to catch my eye during a morning inspection. Supplementing them are a fresh set of white and red blooms from indoor pots of cyclamen.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

A royal blue goblet lends a punch of unpredictability.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Materials
Arum italicum
Cyclamen
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Ilex crenata (Japanese holly)
Ikebana Kenzan (floral pin frog)

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

It is helpful to study the design in black and white. This is the same image as above.

Study in black and white

Study in black and white

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

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.

In A Vase On Monday—Wintertide Pair

 

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday. Especially in the winter season even a few blossoms brighten up the indoors.

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

Yesterday morning on our way to brunch with friends we encountered snow flurries mixed with rain. The snow melted immediately but it breathed excitement into the short commute.

Upon returning home the weather had cleared but it was cold. I foraged though the garden for today’s vase materials, quickly settling on three white Anemone coronaria. They appeared unfazed by the elements.

Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

Again this week fragrant Daphne odora is used as filler. Three red cyclamen flowers from a house plant add a boost of color.

Cyclamen, Daphne, Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

Cyclamen, Daphne, Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’

It was a difficult task finding a container for this odd mix, and I finally settled on a pair of small glass vases, painted black with a gold Asian floral motif. I believe these belonged to my grandmother.

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

The shape of the gold flowers is repeated in the anemones and in the end the vases seem perfectly suited for the garden’s spare offerings.

Photographing these flowers was fun. I reversed the order of the vases and experimented with perspective and point-of-view, finding pleasure in these simple winter flowers. I hope you enjoy them too.

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

Materials
Anemone coronaria ‘Bride’
Cyclamen
Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower addiction. It is always interesting and insightful to 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.

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday - Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday – Wintertide Pair

In A Vase On Monday—Anemone and Cyclamen

In A Vase On Monday - Anemone And Cyclamen

In A Vase On Monday – Anemone And Cyclamen

Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.

Indoors over the holidays I used a grouping of red and white cyclamen houseplants to decorate the fireplace. The plants also provided many cut flowers for small vase arrangements, including a previous Monday vase. Cyclamen age slowly and gracefully, providing interest along each stage of their life cycle, so even as they are fading they continue to be valuable.

Meanwhile, outdoors during the past 4-6 weeks the foliage of Anemone coronary emerged and soon there were 5 or 6 white flowers from ‘Bride.’ This week my favorite, ‘Mr. Fokker,’ has produced 2 flowers, one of which opened in time to include in today’s vase. I thought its deep bluish purple would pair dramatically with the darkening red cyclamen.

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and Cyclamen

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and Cyclamen

I used a small pewter vase to hold the flowers, tucking in a few sprigs of lime green Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ and a heart-shaped leaf from the cyclamen.

Cyclamen with Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Cyclamen with Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Two companion containers hold more cyclamen, one is filled with red blooms and the other with white. The blue pots reinforce the color of the single anemone and give it more importance.

I like the strong, rich hues of the red and purple contrasted with the cluster of pure white.

In A Vase On Monday - Anemone And Cyclamen

In A Vase On Monday – Anemone And Cyclamen

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

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and Cyclamen

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and Cyclamen

 

In A Vase On Monday—White and Blue

In A Vase On Monday - White and Blue

In A Vase On Monday – White and Blue

Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.

My cyclamen houseplants are in full bloom. For several days the flowers on one particular plant kept wilting, so I decided to cut all of its blooms to use for an arrangement. First, to restore their turgidty and prepare them for use, I placed the cut stems into a cup of water for a few hours.

Later I noticed the rejuvenated white flowers looked very pleasing in the blue ceramic mug. Unconsciously I had grabbed a container that highlighted them well, so I decided to enjoy them just as they were.

White Cyclamen

White Cyclamen

Cyclamen Flower

Cyclamen Flower

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

In A Vase On Monday—An Appreciation

In A Vase On Monday - Cyclamen

In A Vase On Monday – Cyclamen

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.

I offer today’s vase as a thanks for the many get-well comments and inquiries I received while recovering from an unexpectedly prolonged winter flu. Time seemed to be the remedy, assisted by homemade soups and other comfort foods, tea with honey, and lots of sleep.

Five pots of cyclamen helped lift my spirits during this time. So undemanding, nearly year-round they bloom and bloom and bloom. Several of these plants are a decade old.  The flowers of this plant have joyous rhythm and personality in all stages. I never tire of watching them unfold.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Today’s simple vase features a couple of cyclamen flowers, one red and one white, along with one of the variegated heart shaped leaves. I placed them into a glass Riedel espresso cup. On the saucer a few sprigs of sedum suggests a change in texture while reflecting the red and green hues from above.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Materials
Cyclamen
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (Angelina Stonecrop), 3 sprigs

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.

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.