In a Vase on Monday: Afloat

It is Monday again (what happened to last week?!) and time to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with a vase full of lovelies from our gardens. Such a wonderful thing to do on a Monday morning!

Actually, strictly speaking, I don’t have a vase this week, but a bowl. πŸ˜ƒ

Sadly there was no sunshine for the photos,Β but these blooms have enough charisma to shine anyway! πŸ˜‰ Take a look at the slide show and enjoy some spring beauties.

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Have a great week!


40 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Afloat

  1. Oh how pretty Cathy! They seem to be shimmering in the water especially ‘Pink Penny’. I like the glass pebbles in the bowl too πŸ˜„

  2. I love seeing hellebores displayed like this – are yours ‘late’ this year? Many of mine are still only just coming into bloom now. The use of the glass bowl and glass pebbles introduces some reflective light that adds to the overall effect – lovely. Thanks for sharing

    • Looking back they are actually pretty much on time and there are still a few to recover from that last cold spell. Some seem to thrive while others struggle, so I shall have to move a few around later in the year. I also still have a beautiful yellow one in my old garden which is now big enough to be divided… πŸ˜ƒ

      • Interesting, as I am not sure whether some of mine are not thriving, rather than just late – but the ones not in the woodland edge border are always very impressive and seem to grow bigger (and more quickly) too. I have started adding bonemeal to the woodland edge border but there will always be roots and such for the hellebores to contend with. You could of course dig up and move ALL of your yellow hellebore…

    • I would probably say my favourite is the Ice’N’Roses one as it is so reliable and has so many flowers on it every year, but the pale pinks and the doubles are also pretty! πŸ˜‰

  3. Hey, these are quite elegant! I would not dislike hellebores so much if they looked like these! Actually, I got pictures to post on Saturday of the hellebores here. They actually look rather good this year. I don’t know what got into them, but they are actually rather pretty, although not as elegant as yours. They are mostly shabby pink. There is a nearly white one thought, that I rather like.

    • Well, I could never understand why you say you don’t like them anyway! Maybe you just don’t have the right sort! πŸ˜‰ There are more and more hybrids every year which are suited to a wider variety of positions and climates. All of mine get a lot of sun and practically no extra water and it is a question of survival of the fittest. πŸ˜‰

      • The main reason I am none too keen on them is that we used to grow them for clients who misused them. It was morally challenging to me. We were expected to grow them because their cultural requirements were similar to other commodities that we grew, primarily rhododendrons, azaleas, andromedas and camellias. Those who grow other nursery stock did not want to bother with them. Both the cultivars and the ferals grew reasonably well for us. So-called ‘landscapers’ bought as many as we could grow. However, outside of the farm (in the Santa Cruz Mountains) they do not perform well in chaparral climates (where most homes and landscapes are). I felt like we supplied the ‘landscapers’ with material that was less than satisfactory to their clients, and only because hellebores were trendy at the time.

        • Landscapers have much to answer for, but are clearly under pressure from clients. A landscaper gave us bad advice on our choice of trees to plant when we moved here… for example, birch cannot stand up to our windy position, suffer in drought, and break easily under snow. We are wiser now. You live and learn!

          • My tolerance of so-called ‘landscapers’ and so-called ‘arborists’ is very limited. I worked for some of the best, who take their work very seriously. Unfortunately, they are the minority. The horticultural industries attract those who flunked out of something else, or are just bored. They think that horticulture is easy. One of the so-called ‘landscapers’ who purchased our material for jobs up in Contra Costa County was a former chiropractor who though landscaping would be more ‘fun’ than his former profession, and was stupid enough to tell me about it. I mentioned that growing horticultural commodities was a lot of work for minimal revenue, and that perhaps I should become a chiropractor because it would probably be much easier. He said that it is not so easy, and that I would need to go to school. I explained that I went to school to be a horticulturist; so if a chiropractor is qualified to do what I do with his education, then I must be qualified to do what a chiropractor does with my education. His work was deplorable by the way.

  4. Cathy your collection of hellebores is magnificent, divine, I love it. Your vase-bowl with crystals that reflect the light of the water and the floating hellebores is wonderful, charming, adorable, very special: I love them. They are all divine and I cannot choose a favorite, because they are all favorites: I love the hellebores that you have chosen for your garden. They announce Spring. I hope you have good weather and no snow. Take good care of yourself and stay safe. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita πŸ˜€πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸŒΈπŸŒ·πŸŒΌ

    • Thank you Margarita. We are hoping the ground will have warmed up enough by the end of March for Spring to really get going. πŸ˜‰ Best wishes to you. 🐝😎🌱

      • Thanks to you Cathy. Hopefully the soil is ready by the end of March and you can plant all the plants and trees you want and have in mind. While enjoying the days with good weather and also those that do not have such good weather. Enjoy the coming of Spring. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xxπŸ˜€πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸŒ±πŸŒΌ

  5. How gorgeous, Cathy! I love the deep colors and the way they sit in the bowl is spectacular. I think you’re on to something pretty special. Who needs a vase? πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Debra! I like to do this every year as soon as there are enough varieties in bloom. I am so glad they float. I love doing this with Aquilegia later in the year too. πŸ˜ƒ

  6. You have a lovely collection of hellebores, Cathy! I’ve had mixed results with the plants but, recognizing that they also take time to settle in, I recently ordered 3 more for a shady area of my garden. Maybe someday I’ll be able to have a floating display as beautiful at yours.

    • I have some that do really well, but others struggle a bit. And mine sometimes seem to settle in immediately while others need a couple of years. Not sure why! Good luck with your new ones Kris.

  7. This is so pretty, Cathy, I never have the heart to chop of their dainty little heads but I really think they look great floating in water. I love the hellebores for their ability to surprise me πŸ˜€

  8. Hellebores are so beautiful and you have displayed them in the bowl in such a way to take full advantage of admiring each flower as an individual bloom. Just gorgeous! πŸ™‚

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