In a vase on Monday – Advent Crown 2018

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent (what happened to November, I have no idea, it seems only yesterday that it was the end of September) so of course today’s flowers must respect the tradition and so I’m sharing my Advent crown with you today.

I used a gold cardboard cake plate with an Oasis ring in a plastic former as my base.  Usually I use evergreens and red berries for my foliage or silver foliage from Secencio.  This year I wanted to make something traditional but a little different from my usual offering.

Advent Crown 2018

Foliage used is Cypress, Arbutus unedo, Elaeagnus and Santolina

Chrysanthemum planted out into the garden last spring from a purchase in 2017. I love the in-curved petals, I wish I had more like this

I don’t usually include fresh flowers in an Advent Crown as they rarely last for a month, but Chrysanthemums often last for several weeks in a vase so I decided to try them this year.  If they die I will add some silver-sprayed seed-heads.

The other white Chrysanthemums are from the ones my friend gave me from All Saints Day so are a month old but still seem to be in excellent condition.

I’m really pleased with the textures of the different foliage

Cypress cones sprayed silver

Spent flowers of Arbutus unedo sprayed silver

Spent flowers of Arbutus unedo sprayed silver and silver berries

The mix of natural greens and silver and white flowers is a lovely combination

Can you guess what the silver-sprayed berries are?

I can see from my image that I haven’t done a very good job of hiding the candle holder from this angle; I’ll have to add a little more foliage.

I’m sure there will be other Advent Crowns included in Cathy’s vases this week.  Do check to see what everyone else has contributed this week.

Happy Advent to you all.

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37 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Advent Crown 2018

  1. This is so beautiful, Christina. I love the combination of colors and textures. What a lovely way to mark the beginning of December and the Christmas season.

  2. Oh, I absolutely love this! The silver glint of the berrie is the perfect touch. I also love those curved-petal chrysanthemums. Here, they call them “Japanese chrysanthemums”, and I have some in my garden for a couple of years, but this year none of them came up. A good excuse to buy more next year!

  3. I got a shock when I turned the calendar over on our return last night and realised how close it is to Christmas – I hadn’t even thought of my usual wreath for the front door yet so perhaps your lovely advent crown will trigger some action on my part! You have made such good use of the mixed materials, getting a balance of fresh and spent palnt material with a nutural or sprayed finish. There certainly won’t be any fresh blooms in mine when it gets done! I hope your chrysanthemums last at least to Christmas.

  4. I’m not sure, I was convinced we had another week of November. I really like this alternative colour scheme for your crown. I don’t have a white Chrysanthemum but I need to have a talk with myself about how many I need/want and have room for! I have never made an advent crown but it’s lovely. I’m sure the flowers will last but if not you could add in some more, they seem to go on forever.

  5. Lovely! (Although this is yet another reminder of how behind I am already with respect to preparations for Christmas.) I’d have never thought of spraying Arbutus flowers silver and I’ll be interested to hear if they hold up under the paint. As you sprayed the flowers, I’m wondering if your silver balls are Arbutus berries?

    • A good thought about the Arbutus berries, no, not Arbutus. The flowers were more or less finished so it was what was left after the flowers dropped. They usually last ages on the trees. I’ll report back on how long everything lasts.

  6. This is such a lovely tradition Christina and the foliage you have chosen works so well. That frothy chrysanthemum look very much like Boulou White which I am growing in my greenhouse. Chrysanthemums do last a long time so this might make it to Christmas without any alterations. Enjoy lighting your candles throughout the Advent season. xx

    • To be honest, I didn’t remember buying this white Chrysanthemum, but I really like the form of the flowers, the form seems similar to the wonderful orange one you showed last week. Do you throw yours away after flowering or plant them out again the following year?

      • I cut them back & keep them fairly dry over the winter – once they start to shoot again (usually early March) I repot them ready for another season. There are always a few that don’t do so well & I compost them – I like to buy a few new varieties every year so it is good to lose a few! If you want to increase your stock they take well from cuttings in the spring.

  7. The foliage combination is inspired, beautifully done. I like the Mums and hope they last. Spraying foliage silver or gold for the holidays is traditional where I am from, you made me smile thinking of lost family gardeners who graced their tables with similar arrangements (wearing winter white!)

  8. Very nice with all your native plants…santolina, eleagnus, etc. Inspiring to try something like that here. People in the southwest do artwork with cactus wreaths, but my guess is a real cactus wreath could hold up weeks before curling?

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