Ina Vase on Monday: Shabby Chic

Rambling in the Garden

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.

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