In A Vase On Monday – Pure White and Yellow

img_4687I’ve been enjoying the purity of the white cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’) in my garden, so I thought I’d make an arrangement using them along with white phlox (P. paniculata) and white spider flower (Cleome hassleriana). Yellow zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’) and lemony calendula (C. officinalis) add to the fresh look.

img_4690My frosted, white glass vase, etched with ferns, is one of my versatile favorites. I picked it up at the free table at our transfer station a couple of years ago. (This past Saturday, we picked up a nearly new espresso maker. I love that place!)

img_4692Thanks 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.

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68 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Pure White and Yellow

  1. Really pretty. Our cosmos have been a disaster this year, it’s just been too hot, I have watered them endlessly but they simply have not coped! Have a lovely week 🙂

  2. jenanita01 says:

    Loving the white flowers, and the vase is beautiful too!

  3. Kathy Sturr says:

    Eliza, this is a beautiful arrangement.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kathy. How are things going in the studio?

      • Kathy Sturr says:

        Thank you for asking Eliza! It’s been a time of “closing.” Wrapping up at the Park where I will return for a brief time in October to cut things back (against my will! I love to leave the grasses up for the birds.) Wrapping up some things for the Art Trail. I have two new paintings planned but have yet to put pencil and brush to paper. I have been in the garden making very slow progress but relishing the process. I cleaned out my shed!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Sounds like things are moving right along!

  4. Laurie Graves says:

    What a beauty! I tempted to say that this is my favorite yet. But every Monday, it seems, I have a new favorite 😉

  5. I needed a hopeful image today, Eliza. And this fit the bill! 🙂

  6. LINDA says:

    I love that your arrangement uses fall flowers and yet looks so fresh and almost Spring-like. And that vase is a real find.

  7. My favorite color combo. Always looks so fresh.

  8. Bun Karyudo says:

    White and gold is a lovely combination. Your arrangement has a nice full shape too. You’re good at these! 🙂

  9. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    I love how the gold accentuates the gold in the middle of the cosmos. It could be a wedding bouquet. What a find, that vase!! I always think of going to our transfer station as a chore. Now, if there was a free table there…! What a great idea.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I thought that those would be nice wedding flower colors, too. GMTA!
      I think every transfer station should have a free table; ours also has a clothing, toy and book shed. The exchange is quite popular. I get most of my garden clothes there, why not?

  10. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Am I right in thinking the spider flowers are the ones with the spindly parts coming off of them? I’ve never heard of them or seen them, but they are so cool!

  11. Christina says:

    I’m glad I tried again to see your post, this morning, though I received an email, it wasn’t available. White and yellow looks great, like spring or early summer rather than moving into autumn. I really like the white Cleome, I grow C. spinosa (and it is very spiny almost like a rose) that’s the one that seems to be the most common variety when I buy seed. Is your Cleome spiny?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Christina. Missouri Botanical Garden lists C. hasslieriana first, but says that C. spinosa is synonymous with that. So essentially the same plant. Mine are a little spiny, but I manage to work with them. The skunky smell and stickiness bother me more. 😀

  12. Cathy says:

    There’s white and there is white! Your whites really ARE white with the contrast of the golden zinnias and calendula – wonderful contrast! Thanks for sharing

  13. dorannrule says:

    Wow! I think this is my favorite! Well, at least until I go back and look at the others. But I do love this one…. there is something about the white and yellow that makes me smile.

  14. As always a beautiful and effortless looking arrangement Eliza. Fresh.

  15. Kris P says:

    The arrangement is bright and fresh! Is a “transfer station” a recycling depot?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Kris. Yes, it is the central place we must take our trash to where refuse is separated out into recycling (bottles, cans & paper) and various disposals like landfill (bulk only), hazardous waste and incinerator (where most of our trash goes). We are rural so there is no curb pick up here. Actually, our town ranks #2 in Massachusetts for per capita recycling and waste reduction (gotta love that repurposing shed!).

  16. Such a cheerful bouquet! Thank you for swinging by the “Ranch.” We 💗 visitors especially those with beautiful gardens. 😉

  17. ladyfi says:

    That is gorgeous!

  18. Wow, that vase was a great find! And an Espresso Maker. I need to stop by that place. I love the use of Cleome as a floating white element. Genius.

  19. Alice Pratt says:

    So pretty! My first thought was: what a beautiful arrangement for a casual wedding bouquet, others have mentioned the same. What a great find the vase is! Interesting what others recycle!

  20. Alice Pratt says:

    Eliza: congrats on being part of a town that ranks #2 in MA for recycling! Something to be very proud of! Hanover has a great Transfer St. We even have collectible areas for can tabs, Box Tops for Ed, fluorescent bulbs, CFLBulbs, oil, cans & bottles for Scouts, furniture, metal. And the Swap shop.

  21. I think I need a white spider flower – beautiful arrangement. 🙂

  22. The flowers are beautiful, they suit the vase so well.

  23. MK says:

    This week’s arrangement is a beauty! I really like those white spidery flowers. (and I like the vase, too)

  24. Hannah says:

    The different flower forms of the white flowers look so pretty together, Eliza, and the yellow flowers add to the crisp color. The ferny vase matches the green in your arrangement so well too!

  25. Cathy says:

    This vase really shines Eliza! Very fresh and cool and happy. 🙂 The Cleomes are wonderful aren’t they!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. I can’t image my garden without cleomes. I’ve been growing them for years (actually, they seem to be growing themselves without much of my input).

  26. You really have a way with sparkling, fresh-looking arrangements. Lovely.

  27. Robbie says:

    You have the magic touch!!!! stunning:-)

  28. Beautiful! Perfect! Delicious! Fresh! and ……………… vase envy! Love those etched ferns. xx

  29. Gracefully Global says:

    What a special looking bouquet! Not something you see in the store.

  30. bittster says:

    What a clean look with the white and yellow.
    Years ago I read somewhere that white and yellow are not a good planting combination and tried to avoid it until the one year it just happened. Silly me for believing that nonsense!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you. It is a lovely combination that one rarely sees, probably too many listened to that short-sighted advice. 😉 Lemon yellow, white and cornflower blue is also quite nice.

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