IAVOM-2 Vases

Poppies, sweet peasMy Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) and Lettuce-leaf Poppies (Papaver somniferum) have been blooming their heads off this past week and it’s heavenly to bring a vase into the house where delightfully, it perfumes an entire room.

My second arrangement features my first of the season pink Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), white Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata), Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) and more Sweet Peas.flower arrangement

The garden at the height of summer is a wonderful thing!  I’m linking to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden‘s In A Vase on Monday meme. Click the link to see what other gardeners are arranging this week.

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Silent Sunday

Papaver somniferum

Papaver somniferum w/honeybee

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IAVOM- Iris & Campanula

flower arrangementI’ve chosen my Garden Kitty pocket vase for this week’s In a Vase on Monday arrangement, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

I’ve featured Spotted Bellflower (Campanula punctata), which is blooming profusely right now in a bed of Siberian Iris with this possible Japanese (Iris ensata x siberica) cross that I bought at a roadside stand. It has a unique look to it.

I’ve also added Beardstongue (Penstemon Digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’) and some small blooms of Creeping Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) as a filler. A collar of chartreuse Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ leaves finishes the vase.

Click the link above to see what other gardeners are featuring this week from their gardens.

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Silent Sunday

Summer pond reflection

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Independence Day

Red, white and blue flowersThe Fourth of July is Independence Day here in the USA and I’ve made a red, white and blue floral arrangement in honor of the day in my blue speckled ‘MILK’ jug vase.

Red Poppies (Papaver somniferum), which always bloom in time for the holiday, are the stars here, along with red Astilbe x arendsii. White Hosta (H. ‘Francis Williams’ ) blossoms and wild Malva moshata are sweetly scented additions. Blue Globe Onion (Allium caeruleum) and purple Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) are currently the only blue tinted flowers in my garden. A collar of blue Hosta leaves finish the arrangement.

For those observing the day, I wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday weekend.

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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flower arrangementWith the advent of summer solstice, many of the flowers I associate with warm, summer days have started blooming and it is hard to pick just a few with so many vying for my attention.

Caroline Lupine (Thermopsis caroliniana) has started its reign in the big garden (you can see its blurry, yellow mound to the right of the arrangement above). Smaller, secondary buds of the Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) are now blooming, which make them perfect for vases.

A branch of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia ‘Carousel’begged to be included, though it seems more red than pink in the photos. I love the pattern that looks like stitched smocking.


Thermopsis, Daisy

Purple Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) is a favorite addition for vertical accent and fillers of Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) and Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) complete my first vase of summer.

I’m joining other gardeners at Rambling in the Garden’s In a Vase on Monday in creating arrangements from our gardens. Click the link to see what other gardeners are featuring this week.


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Silent Sunday


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