Little vases get a workout about now, when the pickins are still slim.
The leaves of a variegated Fatshedra and Arum italicum are a showy background for snowdrops and a couple of sprigs of Sarcacocca. The snowdrops have been muddied by rain and beaten up by hail. All the more reason to bring them indoors, where their delicacy can be truly appreciated.
At Joy Creek, making bouquets is a snap. Hellebores are scattered here and there around the gardens. Here, I’ve paired them with a stem of Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’ in a simple little bud vase that holds them upright to compensate for their nodding tendencies.
Pieris japonica ‘Prelude’ seemed to be begging for a star turn in a vase.
I was only too happy to oblige. See what others are finding for IaVoM (short for In a Vase on Monday) by visiting Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. It has become a Monday ritual for many.
Following posts on this meme is so interesting. Spring comes to each gardener at a slightly different time and we are able to enjoy each new plant as they appear. Snowdrops have finished here long ago and even in the UK they seem to be past now so lovely to see yours now.
Isn’t it wonderful how our world shrinks and expands at the same time?
Lot’s of lovely whites and a pretty plum pudding. So many things are named ‘Goshiki’…even a type of koi. It seems to mean many-colored or variegated. Do you know?
I don’t know about ‘Goshiki” but will ask Maurice. He has ties to Japan and knows just about everything related to plants.
I love that you’re continuing to make up vases at work, hopefully inspiring others to cut from their gardens. Oh, and your at home vase is mighty sweet!
I see that you have gotten hooked on the Monday vases and your special take really spices things up. Thanks for the kind words.
I’m sorry that you’re still getting pummeled by winter weather up there but your arrangements are wonderful despite winter’s ill treatment. The small vases are just right to show off the snowdrops and the hellebore. Somewhat miraculously, I have a couple of blooms of hellebore in my own garden right now but, being so rare here, I just can’t bring myself to cut them.
I’m loathe to cut things that are in scarce supply too. Still, the weather is making it not so inviting to venture outside so might as well.
Oh, those are very pretty! I especially like the first one–so full of grace. I would say my vases would be easier, too, except that it snowed about four inches today, making it difficult to collect flowers and foliage for an arrangement–even though the flowers are starting to bloom under the snow. Soon, soon, it will truly be spring!
Isn’t it fun to see those intrepid flowers soldiering on in spite of everything?
You make it look very easy. Well done!
Aw, Hoov…you are too kind.
Purty arrangements all!
These arrangements are so lovely. Lots of spring promise.
Promises, promises…I’m ready for some action.