In A Vase on Monday – Creamy White

flower arrangementThis week, I decided to combine all my white (or close to white) flowers into my arrangement. My Italian bunny jug seemed like a good choice, its pale yellow complements all, especially the few blooms of ‘Italian White’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), which curiously, only turn creamy-white as they age.

In addition, there are Spider Flowers (Cleome hassleriana), Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata), Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum), Garden Phlox (P. paniculata) and Dahlia ‘Little Lamb.’flower arrangementIn 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

dry docked

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Wordless Wednesday

Cosmos sulphureus

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In A Vase on Monday – Purple Passion

flower arrangementDahlias have come on strongly in the garden, so I picked a few varieties to showcase. As these were gifted to me, I think I got their cultivar names right.

Dahlias

Clockwise: Dahlia Outta da Blue’, ‘Chilson’s Pride’ and Cactus ‘Pinelands Princess'(?)

In addition, there are pink and white Phlox (P. paniculata), white and pink Cleome (C. hassleriana), purple Angelonia (A. angustifolia) and foliage is silvery Licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) and Carolina Lupine (Thermopsis villosa).

 

I had a few shorts leftover, so I put them into my frosted fern vase:

 


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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Wordless Wednesday

water reflections

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In A Vase on Monday – Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear SunflowerA giveaway packet of seeds, which started blooming this week, yielded these cute little dwarf ‘Teddy Bear’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus ‘Teddy Bear’). Fluffy ray flowers make up most of the bloom, meaning less pollen for bees, but it is a charming novelty, to say the least.

Zinnia elegans ‘Lilliput’ and ‘Cut and Come Again’ fill the jug, along with purple Mealycup Sage (S. farinacea) and Angelonia (A. angustifolia).  Starry, white Garlic Chive blossoms (Allium tuberosum) help cool the brightness down a bit.

flower arrangement

Garlic Chive, Zinnia, Sunflower, Angelonia

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

Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

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First to Hatch

Newly hatched Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

I was heading out the door for work but thought I’d check on my nursery… glad I did!

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In A Vase on Monday – Late Summer Gold

flower arrangementIn late summer, our fields are full of several types of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.), laid out like a huge buffet for pollinators. Goldenrod pollen is high in protein, just what bees need to prepare for the cold season ahead. An armful that had flopped over a path was picked to clear the trail, providing a base for today’s arrangement.

Lemon Queen

Helianthus annuus ‘Lemon Queen’

‘Lemon Queen’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are providing lots of pollen as well; they’re covered with various bee species and once the seeds develop, American Goldfinches drop from the sky to noisily devour them.

Dahlia ‘Outta Da Blue’ has proven to be a strong producer, covered with loads of buds and blooms. Providing a perfect match is Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), which is an invasive species here that I dig up when I find them, particularly along our river. I keep the blooms and when spent, put them in the trash and not the compost.

I like to keep small vases on my kitchen windowsill to enjoy while working there, so here is a little combo that appeals to me.

Feverfew, Nasturtium

Feverfew, Nasturtium

A simple combination of Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) and Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) ‘Alaska.’ I particularly like their variegated leaves that look like someone splattered them with white paint.

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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In A Vase on Monday – Sharing the Love

ikebanaI’m featuring a simple arrangement in my little Ikebana vase that was a gift from my son and his partner. Representing ‘heaven and earth with man in the middle,’ are Mealycup Sage (Salvia farincea), Cigar Flower (Cuphea ignea ‘Vermillionaire’) and Sunflower (Helianthus annuus).

cut flowers

Ready for arranging

On Friday, I co-hosted with my yoga instructor the last of three socially-distanced ‘Yoga in the Garden’ classes entitled “Creative Flower Arranging.’ DSC_0004After a wonderful, relaxing yoga session that focused on our second chakra governing Creativity, I led the group in a mini-floral design class. It was a lot of fun and everyone got to take home their own arrangement.

flower arrangers

Masked, socially-distanced, flower arrangers!

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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