In A Vase On Monday – Mauve & Purple

IMG_7298For this week’s vase, I’ve used mauve heads of sedum (S. ‘Autumn Joy’), which are just beginning to deepen in color in my garden, maroon-purple sprigs of shiso (Perilla frutescens), an annual of the mint family that readily self-sows in my herb bed, and one of my favorite IMG_7301flowers at this time of year, heart-leaved aster, also known as blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium). This aster has attractive heart-shaped leaves, is covered with purple stars in September and is a long-lasting cut flower.

Shiso is a native of east Asia with heavily-veined, attractive purple foliage and was brought to the U.S. by immigrants, who use it as food and medicine. It can be used in stir-frying like basil, similarly possessing a strong flavor that reminds me of licorice. It has many medicinal properties which you can read about here. It self-sows to the point of invasiveness, but it is easy enough to control by weeding out unwanted seedlings in the spring.

IMG_7299To brighten things up, I added white spider flower (Cleome hassleriana) and my stalwart, white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata). Both self-sow in my garden every year and are my go-to flower when I need white in an arrangement.

My frosted, pink glass vase goes well with the floral colors this week, as does the terracotta bunny.

IMG_7297I’ve used my vintage, crocheted pansy doily, which was admired by Cathy at Words and Herbs when I used it under a vase in June. She created one of her own over the summer from the original 1949 pattern that her sister found on the internet. View her post to see what a great job she did! Isn’t the internet wonderful?

IMG_7300Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden,  who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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66 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Mauve & Purple

  1. Trini Lind says:

    Its gorgeous! 🌺🌷🌹💐🌸

  2. Eliza I love the coloring of the glass in your vase and it blends perfectly with the blooms and foliage for this late summer look…really stunning!

  3. Christina says:

    You have achieved a lovely balance of form and texture in your vase this week Eliza, it’s really stylish. I have a similar Aster but it isn’t yet in flower, I read with amazement about Cathy’s sister finding the pattern for the doily, as you say isn’t the internet incredible – sometimes at least.

  4. Beautywhizz says:

    Beautiful doily, goes so well with the flowers.

  5. Gillian says:

    You have worked wonders again Eliza. Your vase is beautiful!

  6. Cathy says:

    I wondered what those pretty veined leaves were – they form such a good foil for the other blooms. And how useful to have self-seeded cleome and nicotiana to pluck at will for vases – they go beautifully with the sedum and asters. Oh and thanks for telling us about Cathy’s crotchet project – how wonderful to be able to find the original pattern!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Cathy. You must have Perilla there? It seems like it would grow everywhere!
      Cathy really took the task and ran with it!

      • Cathy says:

        Not even heard of perilla before – but will google it to see if it might be called something else here 🙂

      • Eliza Waters says:

        It’s like a really fragrant coleus! Would be more than happy to send you some seeds if you’d like. They are seeding up now, so let me know. 🙂

      • Cathy says:

        When I looked it up I wondered if there was a connection with coleus although the emphasis seemed to be on it being an Asian herb. Thanks for your kind offer, but I have already ordered some coleus seed to try for next year so I shall say no – thanks anyway, Eliza.

  7. Kris P says:

    I love the loose, informal feel of this vase, Eliza! And the rabbit is a wonderful touch.

  8. Very pretty Eliza. 🙂

  9. Joanne says:

    I always learn something new from your Vase on Monday displays, Eliza, and see so many new flowers that I have never heard of before. I have (somewhere!) in my stash, an almost-finished version of your crocheted pansy doily, and from memory, mine is a white centre, with purple pansies and bordered in black. I started making it in the late 1970’s! So maybe it’s time to get it out and finish it off… 😉

  10. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful color selection Eliza!

  11. arlingwoman says:

    Beautiful arrangement. And I’m glad to see that doily again!

  12. Cath says:

    The Cleome looks fantastic and makes the whole arrangement look so fresh. I grew the blue Wood Aster for the first time last year and it was amazing. The whole plant was in a cloud of butterflies and moths for weeks. Does it last long as a cut flower? Do you do anything special like dip it in hot water?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Depending on how far along a stem is in bloom, if full of buds, asters will last up to a week (each blossom lasts only a day or two). I never heard of dipping stems in hot water, which seems like it would rot the stems faster. I have heard of searing the ends of milky sap plants like poppies and euphorbia to seal them from ‘bleeding’ into the vase water. I change the water and recut the stems every couple days.
      Pollinators just LOVE asters, don’t they? Mine are covered! 🙂

  13. Jewels says:

    Another beautiful arrangement, Eliza!

  14. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Gorgeous bouquet, Eliza!

  15. Cathy says:

    A gorgeous arrangement Eliza! The Cleome makes it sparkle and that aster is really pretty – nice long stems with lots of stars off each one. I like the white cleome much better than the pink and was quite pleased that the mix I sowed this year produced only white plants. Thanks for the mention! It was lovely to see your doily again! 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. Cleomes are such an interesting flower, like fireworks as someone mentioned earlier. I love the colours in the doily you made and was truly impressed that you created one of your own! As I don’t know how to crochet, it seems miraculous. 🙂

      • Cathy says:

        Thanks Eliza. The crocheting was such good practice for me, and demanded a lot of concentration, so it helped me focus in the heat! 😉

  16. Ann Edwards Photography says:

    I love this vase, Eliza! Such pretty and delicate colours and Asters are my favourite flowers at this time of year too (I call them Michaelmas Daisies) and since I don’t grow them, I treat myself to a bunch from the market.

  17. Beautiful colours. I love the firework effect of the aster and cleome, but those dark Perilla leaves are the best!

  18. Love your vase, it looks huge it would be lovely having that inside.

  19. Kathy Sturr says:

    I do admit I love that Perilla foliage even if it has taken over my garden. It even grows in my lawn! I read that you can use it for pickling – it turns things a beautiful pink color. I like to shave it into salads, too. It looks wonderful among that Sedum Eliza and the dash of white just makes your arrangement sparkle! I believe I’ve mentioned this before but I love your new mossy mushroom photo in the header.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kathy! I try to deadhead my Perilla before it spreads too many seeds. One year I did too good a job and only had one plant the next spring, so I’ve relaxed a bit around that! Glad you like the header – Sept. is wild mushroom month! 🙂

  20. What an attractive aster that is and perfect with the Perilla. I have it in my garden but forget how nice that purple foliage is in bouguets.

  21. As always, I love your arrangement. I hope next year there will be enough in my garden to participate sometimes!

  22. Rebecca says:

    That’s lovely. And the terracotta bunny is very sweet 🙂

  23. Your photos/arrangements are breathtaking. My breath actually caught when I saw them! 😀 The colors are beautiful together and the little bunny is so cute! ❤

  24. As a previous Florist, I can especially appreciate this post. How lovely!! ❤

  25. Robin says:

    You are a genius, an artist, with flowers, Eliza. Another gorgeous arrangement. 🙂

  26. Robbie says:

    love it! shiso loves to wander-lol-but I love how you used it in this vase:-)

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