With 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.
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.
From 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!
Thanks 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.