In A Vase On Monday

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The Hellebores at the bottom of the garden kept on growing under their cover of ice and snow, as we hoped they would.  When I finally got to them today, clippers in hand to remove more of the old and ragged foliage, they greeted me with abundant new growth covered in buds and a few fully opened flowers.


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What a brilliant display of flowers!  Other than the brave Violas, yellow Crocus and Snowdrops, these are the only flowers fully open in our garden today.


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The Hellebores, deliberately cut on very short stems to leave the lower buds on their stalks to grow, float in a miniature ceramic jardiniere we found at a local shop last week.  It is a duplicate, in miniature, of one I bought more than 30 years ago in the long gone flagship Miller and Rhodes in downtown Richmond.  Still enjoying and using the original, I couldn’t pass up this tiny duplicate.


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Filled with stones, it makes a nice container for floating Hellebores blossoms so their lovely faces may be enjoyed.

Please take a moment to visit Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden, to see what vase she has come up with on this beautiful March Monday.  Cathy hosts this weekly challenge to fill a vase with something beautiful found in one’s own garden.  You’ll find a plethora of links in her comments to beautiful flowers arranged for the challenge today.


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As challenging as this Monday challenge has proven in recent weeks, I appreciate its imperative to find and share something beautiful, plucked and staged in a vase.

Finally, this second Monday in March dawned clear and sunny; warm enough to want to spend time puttering in the garden.  With a full week of moderate temperatures promised, I suited up and headed outside, with a sack of Holly Tone and some sharp clippers in hand to begin preparing the garden to greet spring.

After a few hours of feeding shrubs, pruning Crepe Myrtle and Rose of Sharon; cutting back Rudbeckia and Echinacea seed heads; cleaning up the stump garden; trimming Hellebores and transplanting some of their seedlings; I feel like I’ve made a good beginning on spring’s garden chores.


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It was only when the work was finished that I headed back out to gather these two little Hellebore blossoms for today’s vase.  They offer proof of spring’s presence, as do the many bits of daffodil breaking ground and pushing up fat buds, ready for the least encouragement to burst open into golden flowers.

I trust that from here on, the Monday challenge will be to select from among the many blossoms which to include each week; rather than to hunt for something, anything, to photograph!


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May spring find your garden soon, if it has not already.

Woodland Gnome 2015


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21 responses to “In A Vase On Monday

  1. Isn’t it a joy to find the first signs of spring! I have also been starting on the spring chores… about half way through now. Most of the work is removing the thick layer of leaves that make it hard for little spring bulbs to get through. The mulch is invaluable over winter but what hasn’t rotted down has to go! Enjoy your hellebores and getting outdoors again!

    • Yes, Cathy, and that is a chore to face when one lives in a such a wooded garden! I’m waiting for our leaves to dry a little more so they go through the shredder more easily. It is a bit like a childhood Easter egg hunt to pull back the leaves and find little green sprouts underneath 😉 We have more to do on all fronts, but making a beginning somehow makes the follow through flow more easily. Thank you for visiting today 😉 Best wishes, wG

  2. So simple and elegant! I do not have Hellebores in my garden, but I will have to plant them, they are lovely flowers!

    • These were a gift from a friend. She let me dig with abandon from her seedlings some years ago, and now I spread seedlings of these around. The foliage is lovely year round. I was pleasantly surprised with what a long season of bloom these plants offer. Thank you, Anca, for visiting Forest Garden today. Best wishes, WG

  3. As Julie said, what a joy to discover blooms this way – and you will notice such a difference in the Monday challenge as the seasons go on. There is something particularly rewarding about seeking material in the bleaker months – it’s so different when blooms are jumping up all around you and shouting ‘pick me, pick me!’. Your miniature jardiniere is beautiful, and how lovely to have its big brother too! Thanks so much for sharing this and your reawakening garden with us

  4. Oh Woodland Gnome, your hellebores took my breath away. They are my very favorite flower and yours are lovely. What varieties do you have? I’m very concerned that ours didn’t make it through the winter as there’s no hint of green on them yet. The snow finally melted enough to get to that part of the garden today. About all I can see of spring are 1/2″ green leaves from the crocus and hyacinths. I pray my beloved hellebores made it through the winter. Blessings and so glad you are seeing signs of spring! Sarah

    • Dear Sarah,
      Please have faith that your Hellebores will appear in their own time. They are very hardy 😉 These are a gift from a dear friend and neighbor. We dug up these from her garden several years ago, when they were just seedlings. These aren’t named cultivars, but are treasured because they were a gift. I’m so glad you like the photos of them 😉 So often you have to stand on your head almost to see their little faces. I cut them with only an inch of stem so they would float and we could enjoy them 😉 I hope your bulbs will come on quickly now and that your Hellebores will show themselves soon. Almost spring 😉 Giant hugs, WG

  5. Beautiful Hellebores. You have given me hope today. Thank YOU. (((HUGS))) Amy

  6. It is so exciting to find lovely hellebore flowers when you cut the old foliage back isn’t it! I too spent the day outside preparing the garden for spring – it feels so good to be cutting back, weeding and feeding and looking forward to all the lovely flowers. Your miniature jardiniere is lovely and makes a perfect vessel to float hellebores in.

    • Thank you, Julie 😉 It ‘hurts so good,’ doesn’t it? I’m stiff, sore, and happy after getting back out to the garden today. There is a lot more to be done, but we made a beginning of it. Thank you for visiting Forest Garden today! Best wishes, WG

  7. How cheerful a vignette you’ve created today. So nice to see flowers blooming somewhere! 😉

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