In A Vase On Monday – Summer Crescendo

IMG_4514With the abundance of flowers in my gardens and fields right now, I have plenty to fill this large, hand-crafted glass vase that I bought in Poland many years ago. It measures roughly 14″ x 6″ with a fluted top. I hand-carried it on the plane home in a large box, as there was no way it would survive shipping or in baggage.

I remember agonizing in the showroom over the variety of vases to choose from, each one unique, and finally chose this one. Befitting a beautiful piece of art, I keep it on display on a shelf in my livingroom. Sadly, due to its volume and height, it doesn’t get used often enough as it needs long-stemmed flowers.IMG_4515

Setting out with a large bucket of water in hand, I trimmed several red-tipped Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) branches from the overgrown hedge out front for greens. Then, I headed to the fields to pick woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus) and a couple types of goldenrod (Solidago species).  Several stems of black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’) fit the bill, and some dried grasses caught my eye as well.

IMG_4525From my main garden, I cut gold and orange zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’) and white phlox (P. paniculata)Putting it all together was a lot of fun!

IMG_4519Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly flower arranging meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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84 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Summer Crescendo

  1. Alice Pratt says:

    The exuberance of the gorgeous vase and flowers is perfect!

  2. Absolutely beautiful. I am scratching about here trying to find anything to put in vases. It has been so dry for over two months, with just one day of rain, the garden and the fields and the hedegerows are all looking very sad.

  3. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful vase and flowers. There is a hint of autumn this week in your colour scheme:)

  4. Superb match of container and contents

  5. jenanita01 says:

    Another stunning display, Eliza. Can’t wait to see what you get up to in winter!

  6. Ann @Suffolk Pebbles says:

    lovely autumnal colours and that vase is just gorgeous!

  7. A beautiful miniature garden.

  8. Cath says:

    Wow, what a wild vase and the arrangement is perfect in it. The framing with the flowers in the background is beautiful too.

  9. Chris says:

    Absolutely gorgeous !! How I envy your talent! I have a large amethyst vase that is fluted like yours. I did put gladiolas in it this summer but it was a sad sight compared to your flower arrangement. I wish you lived closer! I would hire you to bring me flowers weekly!!

  10. Beautywhizz says:

    Beautiful, full of colours and shapes. Lovely vase too.

  11. dorannrule says:

    The vase is so perfect for the arrangement. Or is the arrangement perfect for the vase?

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  14. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your marriage of flowers and vase perfectly show summer’s last festival of color! Your vase is beautiful and well worth the effort of carrying it on the plane! Thanks for sharing both it and your beautiful flowers!

  15. I love these flowers – so summery! And that vase is just gorgeous. I love the few things I have had to carry home from vacation on planes. Maybe it’s something about the extra effort those things require, but each of those things holds a special place in my heart.

  16. So wild and free. I just love this one so very much. Beautiful and feels so good.

  17. LINDA says:

    Crescendo is certainly the perfect description. And that vase is ideal for a colorful bouquet like this.

  18. AmyRose🌹 says:

    My goodness this vase and flowers practically leaped off the page!!! This is fantastic, Eliza! What an outstanding job you did of flower arranging. NICE!!!! 🙂 ❤

  19. Jewels says:

    Gorgeous Eliza, summer crescendo indeed! 🙂

  20. What a fantastic display. An explosion of colour!

  21. pbmgarden says:

    Oh Eliza, this is so lovely. You’ve filled the special vase with wonderful flowers and balanced the arrangement so well.

  22. Kris P says:

    That vase is GORGEOUS, Eliza! I have a number of tall vases I seldom use either as there are few long-stemmed flowers in my garden (and, sadly, my husband isn’t prone to bringing armloads of roses home to surprise me). You picked a great assortment of flowers to play off the wonderful colors in your vase, so appropriate to celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

  23. Anca Tîrcă says:

    A perfect title for this gorgeous bouquet!

  24. Oh my goodness!!! I was stunned when I opened this posting, Eliza. You outdid yourself on this one.

  25. Jane Lurie says:

    What a colorful combination, Eliza!

  26. Cathy says:

    Summer crescendo – that is SO apt Eliza, and that vase with its fluted edges is stunning. I am glad you have had a big enough arrangement to be able to use it this week – it is perfect for your selection of brazen blooms. Lovely – thanks for sharing

  27. FlowerAlley says:

    Perfect plant party in a perfect vase. Wow.

  28. Widdershins says:

    Spectacular symphony of colour! 🙂

  29. I think you have elevated Goldenrod as a plant with the arrangement. Just love it and the vase as well.

  30. arlingwoman says:

    That vase!! You always have lovely ones, but that one, goodness (I thought it was Chihuly and it may as well be given its gorgeousness) and the flowers are a lovely match for it. Glad it’s out in your house all year!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Lisa! It has the Chihuly bright colors, that’s for sure. My spouse was so pleased to see it used, as it is one of his favorites. It would require probably three bunches of alstroemeria from the market – so maybe I’ll drop the hint! 😉

  31. Cathy says:

    It’s lovely Eliza! And your vase is so pretty – it’s nice to have memories connected with it too. There is abundance here too, but with some heavy rain and wind yesterday everything is looking a little battered this morning!

  32. srickman2014 says:

    How is it that you were able to capture the subtle change of seasons in a vase!? Although your arrangement is a fantastic salute to your summer flowers, there is an underlying hint of fall that sits in the background. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous arrangement with us!

  33. You always seem to have exactly the right vase for your flowers. Or the right flowers for your vases. Crescendo is just the right word for this magnificence!

  34. Summer with just a hint of fall … beautiful!

  35. Kathy Sturr says:

    Oh my, this is definitely a crescendo – it sings!!!

  36. MK says:

    Gorgeous arrangement, gorgeous vase.

  37. Christina says:

    That’s going to be difficult to beat! A beautiful vase and lovely flowers to fill it – summer exuberance, gorgeous.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Christina. That will definitely be my ‘to the max’ arrangement for this year. But who knows what might bubble up from my creative consciousness in the next few weeks? 😉

  38. ladygrace33 says:

    Very artistic and beautiful 🙂

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