In A Vase On Monday – Teatime

IMG_3986This week’s arrangement uses a teapot I picked up at the Free Table at our transfer station, where all manner of goods find new owners and avoid going to the landfill. IMG_3979It is a great resource for the community and I often find clay pots and other ‘treasures’ there.

To assist in arranging, I used a vintage Beagle Vogue frog from the mid-1950s that came from my mother-in-law’s collection.

IMG_3989Picking up on the colors of pink and red roses on the pot, I chose similar flowers from my garden.

Dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), bright pink zinnia (Z. elegans), pink and white phlox (P. paniculata), white cleome (C. hassleriana) and button yarrow (Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’). IMG_3984Red coreopsis (Cosmos atrosanguineus ‘Chocolate’) and red, pink and lavender sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) complete the picture.

IMG_3983Greens are Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), lacy, heart-leaved aster sprigs (Symphyotrichum
 and budded goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), all of which are adopted from the wild and welcome in my gardens.

IMG_3982Thanks 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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76 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Teatime

  1. arlingwoman says:

    As ever, gorgeous! What a beautiful teapot. Who would have thought???

  2. David says:

    Wow, great arrangement. My fist thought on the first photo was high well the flowers and greenery went with the teapot. Reading on I saw that it was no coincidence.

  3. MK says:

    Very pretty. I especially like the white cleome. I also like the idea of recycling goods via the transfer station. What a wise idea.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Micheal. Every year my cleome self-sows, so it is always a surprise what comes up – purple, pink, pink/white bicolor and lots of white this year. It’s a prickly, sticky, stinky plant, but it’s flowers are wonderful! 🙂

  4. Val Boyko says:

    Such a delightful compliment … Teapot and flowers go beautifully together 💛

  5. The flowers and the teapot are just gorgeous! Fine reminder that there’s still plenty of summer to enjoy😊

  6. Jane Lurie says:

    This is a gorgeous arrangement, Eliza. And since I collect teapots, a wonderful inspiration! Great post.

  7. Alice Pratt says:

    So pretty! How wonderful to have so much growing, to cut & arrange together. Cleome reminds me of Kitty whiskers! We have a “Swap Shop” at our Transfer Station. There are many towns with them. Many generous donations.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alice. I like that observation about cleome – they do look like whiskers!
      Are swaps a Yankee thing, do you think? They should be universal!

  8. Cathy says:

    A very romantic vase this week Eliza – it looks like it should be on the cover of one of those glossy magazines. 🙂 Gorgeous selection of flowers and a very pretty teapot!

  9. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Love this Eliza – the colours, shapes, just perfect!

  10. jenanita01 says:

    another wonderful arrangement… you are to flowers what an expert writer is to words!

  11. karen says:

    Very pretty! And I love the idea of a free table. I might set one up in our village hall. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Karen. It is often the highlight of the trip to transfer station! 😉 We also have a shed for clothing, books and kids toys. It is quite popular.

  12. treah says:

    I love this arrangement! Reminiscent of a cottage tea with 2 sisters….. 🙂

  13. Dymoon says:

    stunningly beautiful…great combination =^_^=

  14. pbmgarden says:

    Eliza, this so pretty, with the white cleome just icing on the cake. Love the idea of the free table exchange.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you. Cleome is just such a great flower, isn’t it? Start a free table at your transfer station…or do you have pick up? Pick up is easier, but the swap is a lot of fun!

  15. dorannrule says:

    Oh, so gorgeous! Speaks of summer.

  16. Cathy says:

    This a lovely soft and feminine vase, Eliza, and the teapot is the perfect receptacle. The 1950s frog is a brilliant idea and I shall have a browse on eBay in due course as it looks really useful! Thanks for sharing today

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. Frogs are really useful when there is a large opening. They fell out of favor when florist foam came along, but there are still quite a few out there on eBay and they are better for the environment. 🙂

  17. A lovely arrangement – I want to call it sweet, but I don’t think that does it justice. Maybe more like delicate.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      The last one from spam! Thank you, Sarah. I love this teapot for arranging – it creates a delicate and feminine look, which I don’t usually do, but it is nice every once in a while. 🙂

  18. Anca Tîrcă says:

    The very image of a happy summer!Beautiful!

  19. Beautywhizz says:

    So beautiful, sweet teapot too.

  20. Your bouquets always go so perfectly with your containers! You inspire me to finally visit a transfer market, too. There are some regular ones in my part of the city, but I’ve never been (since I already tend to buy too much at flee markets, there is a dangerous element to it ;). Do you treat your chocolate Cosmos like a Dahlia? I love those but I’ve so far had no luck in keeping them alive over the winter.

    • livblumer says:

      fyi – my odds improved with overwintering various bulbs when I started buying plastic mesh bags at the nursery or the supermarket. Or maybe the transfer station, who knows? Plenty of air circulation and a winter in complete darkness
      and I’m all set.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you. The cosmos I bought this spring as a small plant, but they are not hardy over the winter here. I intend to save seed for next spring. I hope they sow as well as the C. ‘Sensation Mix.’

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  22. Robin says:

    All of your arrangements are so beautiful, but this just became my new favorite. I love the teapot. It’s perfect for your selection of flowers. ❤

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you so much, Robin. This one got a little bit more of my attention than the others ones have. I tend to be rather lazy most of the time. 😉

  23. We should start ‘In a Teapot on Monday’! I love wonderful found objects. That is just a lovely combination and looks like a perfect table arrangement for an outdoor summer wedding

  24. Brian Skeys says:

    A flowery pot for a flower packed arrangement.

  25. I mean this is in the best way – this is the sweetest thing I’ve seen in quite a way. Beautiful. 🙂

  26. Very beautiful!! Teapots are my favorite. I have a small collection of them on my bookshelf. 😀 Those are beautiful flowers and I love the Free Table idea! What a great concept! 💚

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    • Eliza Waters says:

      Sorry about the delay in my response – your comment was in my spam folder! – ?? I don’t know why! Thank you for your visit and kind comment. 🙂

  28. So very pretty, soothing and fresh!

  29. Annette says:

    beautiful – I love Cosmos 🙂

  30. zannyro says:

    What beauty in a beautiful teapot! I enjoyed this post 🙂

  31. Eliza I love your idea of using a teapot. It looks so beautiful full of those lovely pink shades. Delightful!

  32. Maria F. says:

    Splendid detail Eliza!

  33. Laurie Graves says:

    This is my absolute favorite. And, as we would say in Maine, what a wicked good deal.

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