In A Vase On Monday – Red, White & Blue

IMG_3164The Fourth of July is Independence Day here in the U.S. and as everyone is celebrating with fireworks and parades, my arrangement this week reflects the holiday spirit with the patriotic colors of red, white and blue.

IMG_3167For the Stars and Stripes, I have tiny white stars of lady’s bedstraw (Galium triflorum) and red and white stripes of sweet William (Dianthus barbatus), along with starbursts of Blue Allium (A. azureum). 

IMG_3165Trumpets of white foxglove (Digitalis purpurea alba), foamy panicles of meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), umbels of common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and pure white sweet William contrast with bright red sweet William and my first sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus), that surprised me by being scarlet! It is the first time I have grown them (inspired by last summer’s IAVOM vases), and I am so pleased I did. They smell heavenly – thanks for the inspiration, ladies!

IMG_3166A note about the sweet William– they came with the house when we arrived 26 years ago and I expect they were planted at least 50 years ago soon after the house was built, coming back faithfully every year at the edge of the woods. Supposedly a biennial, I’ve found these to be perennial, unlike other more recent varieties I have planted.

IMG_3169The vase, fashioned to look like an old-fashioned milk can, is a thrift store find. Hard to see in the photo, but ‘MILK’ is embossed on the front.

IMG_3163Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

About Eliza Waters

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73 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Red, White & Blue

  1. MK says:

    I love this bouquet! The reds are so red! And the blues look like fireworks. Love the vase, too.

  2. maureenc says:

    Happy July 4 to you. Your floral fireworks are zinging with patriotic fervour.

  3. Cathy says:

    Happy 4th July Eliza! You have picked such approriate flowers – the Allium really make it festive!

  4. Christina says:

    Very happy 4th of July to you and your family Eliza; your vase is perfect for the celebration. Very clever use of stars and stripes!

  5. Ann @Ann Edwards Photography says:

    lovely, Eliza. Happy Holidays!

  6. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    perfect for the 4th July!

  7. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Happy Independence Day Eliza – fabulous arrangement.

  8. Alice Pratt says:

    Wow! Amazing flower arrangement celebration! I didn’t know that foxglove also grows in pure white. The vase is perfect…lucky find!

  9. Beautiful. Happy 4th

  10. Beautifully done! Happy July 4.

  11. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, I envy the range of flowers you have! As we would say in Maine, that is some bouquet.

  12. Beautiful, as always:)

  13. Robin says:

    Happy Independence Day, Eliza! Your arrangement is gorgeous. It makes me give some more thought to the colors in my flower garden. 🙂

  14. livblumer says:

    All this AND the rockets red glare! Wow!

  15. Anca Tîrcă says:

    What a nice idea! Happy 4th of July, Eliza!

  16. Now that is quite a Fourth of July vase….the alliums and dianthus are perfect as they look like fireworks….and so many wonderful white blooms that offset for those scarlet sweet peas.

  17. Cathy says:

    Oh that works so well Eliza – and your dianthus has amazing stickability! Glad you have successfully tried sweet peas – what colour did you expect them to be? I must see if I can get these blue allium – such a change from the purple. Your milk churn find is brilliant!

  18. homeslip says:

    Gorgeous, and I’ve never come across blue allium before, at first glance I thought they were agapanthus. I especially love the way you’ve combined airy flowers with more solid ones, really effective. Happy 4th of July Eliza.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you. I’ve been really pleased with A. azureum – they are long-lasting in the garden and the vase. I think they have found a permanent place in my garden. 🙂

  19. Kris P says:

    I used different flowers (e.g. Agapanthus instead of Allium) but sought a similar effect. I’m amazed by the persistence of your Dianthus. Happy 4th, Eliza!

  20. pbmgarden says:

    Your vase really captures the holiday spirit and fireworks. Nicely done. I’m so envious of your long-lasting Sweet William–what a treasure.

  21. This is truly a lovely bouquet and container on this special day. 🙂

  22. You have nailed the bursting fireworks effect. I think the amazingly long lived Sweet William is a great addition and really like the blue milk jug. Happy Fourth!

  23. Happy Independence Day. A lovely interpretation for the occasion. I am not sure that I have seen blue alliums before, but they are great!

  24. srickman2014 says:

    Fantastic!…enough said:-)

  25. arlingwoman says:

    Another beautiful bouquet. I love those alliums. Happy Fourth to you!

  26. Kathy Sturr says:

    Wonderful Eliza! I confess I actually made a bouquet (for my art show reception), and I called it my 4th of July tribute – also red, white, and blue but not as brilliant as yours. Beautiful arrangement!

  27. This is an absolutely gorgeous vase! A little too late yesterday, I realized I should have taken pictures of red, white and blue flowers while on the dog walk. I’m glad someone had the patriotic spirit, even if I forgot to!

  28. I hope you enjoyed the celebrations Eliza. Your vase captured the stars and stripes so well, clever!

  29. Brian Skeys says:

    A lovely vase, Sweet William is a favourite, I have found it to last more than two years. We can have our own Independence Day now.

  30. Maria F. says:

    Very nice work Eliza

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