Ina Vase on Monday: Shabby Chic

My vase today is simple: a clutch of faded blooms from Helleborus ericsmithii ‘Winter Moonbeam’ in a vase from my collection of Caithness Glass ‘Ebony’ pieces.

I had begun cutting faded hellebore flowers last week to allow clumps of fresh leaves to take centre stage, but after trimming half the blooms from this plant I realised they were too striking to consign to the compost heap, so left the rest to cut for this week’s vase instead. The original and numerous blooms were white flushed with pink but have now aged to green, this time flushed with a deeper almost burgundy pink. This floriferous variety of hellebore carries a series of blooms along each stem and there must be around 50 flowers in the vase, perhaps half the total produced by the plant. Highlighting their shabby chicness is a vintage handstitched patchwork quilt.

If you would like to join in with your own vase on Monday, filled with material gleaned from your own garden or foraged locally, then please leave links to and from this post so we can share in the pleasure it brings you.

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31 Responses to Ina Vase on Monday: Shabby Chic

  1. Noelle M says:

    I do like your arrangement this week Cathy. What a moment of inspiration and an eye for beauty: the close up may inspire me for my next little drawing. Here is My Vase this week.

  2. Stunning collection, Cathy, especially the close up image!

  3. Most flowers fade away to nothing, or an ugly collection of seed and stem. How great to see these – shabby chic absolutely!
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  5. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous. I do love the way hellebores fade but retain their shape and take on a kind of papery look. Glad to be back with a vase this week Cathy… courtesy of my Man of Many Talents!

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    Have a good week. 😃

  6. I always love something a little different and that is wonderful. I especially like the vase color with the Hellebores. And the purple on the flowers, so interesting. I have something different today as well. Happy Monday. https://theshrubqueen.com/2021/05/10/in-a-vase-on-monday-short-lived-passion/

  7. tonytomeo says:

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    My first IAVOM! I do not intend to make a habit of it though. Actually, this will likely be my last for quite a while, if ever. I am proficient with neither floral design nor photography. I did not see your post last night, which is why I did not add my link earlier. I must be on my way now, so must return to see the other vases later. It is interesting to see that someone else noticed that hellebore carcasses look like flowers. Hellebore does not do well here, although this was an unusually good year for them here. They typically bloom with only a few flowers that lay on the ground. The carcasses stand up better and a bit more prominently after bloom.

  8. Kris P says:

    Hellebore flowers are pretty at every stage. Fifty stems! That I can’t even imagine in my own garden – from all my hellebore plants combined, much less a single cultivar. Thanks for hosting, Cathy, and here’s my post: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2021/05/in-vase-on-monday-new-arrivals.html

  9. pbmgarden says:

    The color and pattern on the hellebores is fascinating. These make a gorgeous arrangement and I like the vase you chose. My hellebores are still providing some interest in the garden and I’m appreciating them more every day. Thanks for hosting us Cathy and have a good week.

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    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie. I really like my Ebony vases but they are too big for many of my posies or the neck is too narrow for others. I shall leave most of my hellebores for as long as possible, especially if the leaves are still a bit sparse

  10. smallsunnygarden says:

    Aren’t hellebores wonderful? At the end of the season you can pick all the flowers… and they still look lovely in a vase! They blend so beautifully with your Caithness ‘Ebony’.
    I have finally managed to post a vase just now–the first in well over a year and my first blog post in almost as long. I’ve so looked forward to doing this, but things had to change before I could. I’ve written a bit about that, too; and there are irises… https://smallsunnygarden.blogspot.com/2021/05/in-vase-on-monday-but-ive-packed-all.html

    • Cathy says:

      I am so sorry to be this late in responding Amy, as I was so pleased to see a comment from you and read that you had posted a vase, as I have been wondering how you are but had noticed recent ‘likes’ so knew you were still around!

  11. Oh, this is great! I would never think to cut them when they’ve gone to seed, but they’re lovely. Thanks for the idea. Perfect simple vase for them, too.

  12. Anna says:

    Hellebore flowers always fade so considerately and gracefully Cathy 😄 I was looking at some of mine last night and thinking it will not be long until seed collecting time.

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