In A Vase On Monday – White & Purple


IMG_7444This week I’ve used two wild asters for the bulk of my arrangement: blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium), (which looks purple to me, you can see a big mound of it in my garden in the background) and white lance-leaved aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum). IMG_7440The asters this year have been stupendous and they are blooming everywhere! Nature’s last hurrah before frost shuts down garden operations here in New England.

IMG_7442I still have a fair amount of white phlox (P. paniculata) and white spider flower (Cleome hassleriana) left in the garden, though they are coming to the end of their flowering. The cleome are already dispersing seeds, ensuring more flowers for next year.

IMG_7447Chartreuse, winged seeds of patrinia (P. gibbosa) and flowering panicles of maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis), looking a bit like fireworks, complete the arrangement.

IMG_7443My container is a treasured basket-weave vase that I bought so many years ago I don’t recall whether it was at a yard sale or antique shop. It is unique in that it has three openings set in a triangle. A few years later, I came across another similarly designed, square, covered container with a bamboo handle, which I bought to complete the set. Both are stamped “Made in Japan.” I saw a similar container on Etsy, claiming it to be from the 1950s. Regardless of the details as to their vintage, I adore them!

IMG_7439Thanks 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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51 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – White & Purple

  1. Trini Lind says:

    Oh, so so lovely!! 😊💖🌷🌹💐🌺🌸

  2. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Great combination, thanks for sharing, Eliza!

  3. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    It reminds me of a peacock – lovely as always:)

  4. Ann Edwards Photography says:

    such a pretty vase! This is one of my most favourite colour combinations and I really must grow some asters next year …

  5. Laurie Graves says:

    Lovely, lovely as always. I so look forward to these posts.

  6. Mary says:

    Awesome arrangement Eliza – love seeing your florals!

  7. ladygrace33 says:

    absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  8. A beautiful stunning vase….asters are blooming everywhere here too…I love the muted blue as it works beautifully with the whites…great container/vase too!

  9. i always like the balance of science (scientific names, etc.) with your artistic side. You show a great balance between understanding the role of the plants along with their beauty.

  10. pbmgarden says:

    Yours is a magnificent display Eliza. The flowers look so very fresh and the vase is most interesting.

  11. Kris P says:

    The Miscanthus adds a bit of extra excitement to the mix, Eliza. Very pretty!

  12. Gillian says:

    Beautiful flowers as always Eliza. I love your wild Asters. I agree with Kris. It’s a very pretty arrangement.

  13. Well I think the addition of the miscanthus was a great idea. The vase looks to be a useful vessel and very attractive to boot.

  14. Kathy Sturr says:

    Oh, how I love those Miscanthus blooms! What a great addition to this arrangement Eliza. I am enjoying the cooler weather immensely.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It was quite brisk this morning when I got up at dawn – 44 degrees – I put on my winter coat to walk the dog and I could see my breath! Wow, what a difference a few days makes! It does make working outside more pleasant. 🙂

  15. Maria F. says:

    So many nice little details Eliza!

  16. arlingwoman says:

    I wish I could call you every time I want to send flowers!

  17. Cathy says:

    I envy you that lovely white phlox Eliza! White goes so well with grasses. The little blue asters are pretty too. Mine didn’t like the dry summer but may produce a few blooms yet!

  18. AmyRose🌹 says:

    What a gorgeous arrangement, Eliza. Lucky you that you can do this. I’m not due to my cats who will eat the flowers. I love the winged effect you made with the dainty little flowers displayed throughout. Just love this!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

  19. rabirius says:

    Beautiful flowers.

  20. Hannah says:

    The cloverleaf shaped basketweave vase is a real treasure for displaying flowers easily, and you have a fantastic amount of flowers to put in it, I like all the different flower shapes and colors, and the accent of the grasses. I thought I would have a couple of aster plants covered with flowers but a deer got in and ate and broke them off, so I especially like to see yours, which are probably similar.

  21. I love this hobby of yours, arranging flowers! It seems so serene and takes skills to be able to arrange colors and things that flow perfectly together. Flowers bring so much joy & beauty to life. And that is a beautiful container. ❤

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  23. Spectacular! Love your grasses here, with the asters. You’ve captured the essence of the season here-

  24. MK says:

    That’s another WOW arrangement. I love how, once again, the flowers seem to burst from the vase. (Like the vase, too. Very thick glaze, isn’t it?)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you so much, Micheal. Yes, it is quite a thick, glossy glaze. I love the ivory color, basket weave with rope detail. Simple yet elegant. Hope all is well with you. The heat must be abating by now?

      • MK says:

        I don’t often see vases with glaze that thick. Interesting and appealing.
        All is well here, thanks Eliza. I keep thinking autumn will get here, but I think it missed the off-ramp. Temps between 90-100 last week and this week.We have a prediction of a high of 80 this coming Sunday (plus perhaps some rain!!!) which would be so welcome. We had several weeks of 90’s and 100’s, during which time our air conditioner broke. Yikes, but its fixed now.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Sounds like hell! Wishing you cooler temps!

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