In A Vase on Monday – Red

Zinnia, Snapdragon flower arrangement

These flowers were picked on our CSA farm as part of our weekly harvest share. I love the bold red Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), yellow Statice (Limonium sinuatum) and the bicolor Zinnia (Z. elegans ‘Aztec’) that picks up the other two colors.

Monarda flower arrangementAlthough my red Beebalm (Monarda didyma) is just about finished, I picked a few remaining late blooms to put into a red bud vase along with Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) and Queen Ann’s Lace (Daucus carota). A few sprigs of Oregano flowers (Origanum vulgareand red-tipped foliage of Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) finishes the arrangement.

In A Vase on Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see arrangements made by other gardeners around the world.

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Lilium lancifolium

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In A Vase on Monday – Sunny

sunflower vaseJuly yields many wonderful composite flowers: Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), Gloriosa Daisies (Rudbeckia hirta), Calendula (C. officinalis) and Zinnias; all of which have begun to flower in earnest in my garden. Naturally, I chose my sunflower pocket vase to display them.

I love the little starry florets that make up the centers– why should the ray florets get all the attention? I used a seeded head of dill as an anchor and filler to keep the flowers in place. It’s so sunny, I can’t but smile when I look upon this one.

I’ll share another arrangement I gave to a friend this week who generously shared some of her beautiful daylily plants with me. This one I put in my Moroccan pitcher.flower arrangementIn addition to the Sunflowers and Gloriosa Daisies, there are cobalt blue Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), purple Hosta, yellow Patrinia umbels, Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota), Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus), yellow racemes of Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) Poppy seed pods (Papaver somniferum) and Brome grass (Bromus erectus).

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In A Vase on Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see arrangements made by other gardeners around the world.

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Wildlife Wednesday – Pipsissewa

Striped Wintergreen w/SpiderWhile the quality of these photos are not my best due to low light conditions and the camera being handheld, I wanted to share the unusual flowering in our woods of Striped Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata), also known as Pipsissewa or Spotted Wintergreen.

The flowers have interesting double stamens, are sticky and fragrant, attracting insects and the above spider, which is probably looking for ants.

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    From the web: “Striped Wintergreen a native, evergreen, rhizomatous wildflower in the shinleaf family and is found in dry woods in the eastern US. The white midrib stripe on the dark green leaf is an identifying characteristic. During the summer fragrant white to pinkish flowers appear in small nodding clusters. It is considered endangered in some states.”

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    In A Vase on Monday – Contrasts

    wildflower arrangementI picked this little bouquet as I walked along our trail by the river, gathering a few pretty flowers I saw, ending with some chartreuse flowers of Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) from the garden.

    It started with a stem of Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), an invasive wetland species here, that I pull whenever I see it on our land. Seeds often are washed downstream and germinate, so they show up occasionally.

    Matching its pink color, I picked some native Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus), a stem of yellow Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata), and a cheerful bunch of Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) to finish.floral arrangementBelow is more eye-popping color from two arrangements I created for a talk I gave on herbs this week. Can you believe these are mostly edible?  floral arrangementI’ve teamed up with my yoga instructor to create a series of outdoor, socially-distanced workshops entitled ‘Yoga in the Garden.’ As you can see from the wet background, the weather was intermittent showers with mist in between, reminding me of UK weather. We were somewhat soggy by the end, but it was fun all the same. We haven’t met since March, so it was nice to see some of the other regulars. There will be two more workshops to come and hopefully, the weather will be better.

     

    The Mason jar on the left was a hostess gift for the woman who shared her backyard for the class and the right held small, bunched ‘favors’ tied with raffia for the participants.

    Bright red Beebalm (Monarda didyma) predominates, joined by yellow and orange Calendula (C. officinalis), purple Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) and Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia). White umbels of Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) and Dill (Anethum graveolens), Poppy seedheads (Papaver somniferum), along with sprigs of Spearmint (Mentha spicata) and Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis) for greens. A bit of Lady’s Mantle was added as filler.

    In A Vase on Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see arrangements made by other gardeners around the world.

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    Silent Sunday

    Solitary bee

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    In A Vase on Monday – Coneflower & Cleome

    floral arrangementPurple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), white Cleome (C. hassleriana) and dark purple Angelonia (A. angustifolia) are the major players in this week’s arrangement.

    Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), Love-in-Mist (Nigella damascena), Achillea ‘The Pearl’ and Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) also play a part. Sweet pea

     

    Unfortunately, my sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) didn’t germinate well and a second sowing was nipped by some critter, so I only have a couple of plants to enjoy. But the scent still delights on the few blossoms I’ve managed to get.

    A collar of Geranium macrorrhizum leaves and a few fronds of Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) finish the arrangement.

    I made a small arrangement to give to a friend on Saturday, so I thought I’d show that one as well.floral arrangementEye-popping color creating contrast between bright yellow Sundrops (Oenothera fructicosa), yellow and orange Calendula (C. officinalis), purple Angelonia & Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) and blue Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus).

    White Musk Mallow (Malva moschata) and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) cool things down a bit, while foliage is supplied by wild Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata) and Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis).

    In A Vase on Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click on over to see arrangements made by gardeners around the world.

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    07.12.2020 Silent Sunday-Eliza’s Cascade

    What my stream looks like in the hands of a pro… thanks, Steve!

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    Silent Sunday

    Lettuceleaf Poppy

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    Wordless Wednesday

    Silver Spotted Skipper

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