In A Vase On Monday – Asters and Cosmos

img_5351I usually like to take my time creating my arrangements, as I derive great pleasure from it, but this week I didn’t have the time, so here is my first ‘plonk’ for IAVOM.

img_5350Of course, I had to use the heart-leaved aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) I’ve been raving about, to which I added dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’).

img_5349The grape motif on the pitcher (another great thrift store find) is a nod to autumn and the harvest.


Thanks 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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82 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Asters and Cosmos

  1. Christina says:

    A very pretty plonk Eliza! If you hadn’t said I wouldn’t have known. I love the tiny star flowers of your Asters, I’ve used mine again this week too.

  2. Cathy says:

    Those asters really are like a cloud – soft and fluffy! Lovely combination Eliza. 🙂

  3. The Asters are lovely, it’s just about the only thing left flowering in our garden now!

  4. Bun Karyudo says:

    That’s a nice match–vase and flowers. 🙂

  5. jenanita01 says:

    Plonked or not, the flowers are fabulous!

  6. You can’t even plonk in an inartistic way

  7. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I wish my plonked efforts would be as stunning as yours! Fabulous. That aster is lovely!

  8. Anca Tîrcă says:

    This is a great vase, Eliza!Cosmos and Aster look so well together!

  9. So pretty and fresh for fall!

  10. Laurie Graves says:

    What a great combo!

  11. For a ‘plonk,’ that is a beautiful vase!

  12. Kathy Sturr says:

    Beautiful! Love the asters! Why don’t stores sell asters instead of mums???

  13. Brian Skeys says:

    Asters and Cosmos two of my must have plants.

  14. Cathy says:

    The frothy aster is a great foil for the cosmos, Eliza – a winning combination. Thanks for sharing

  15. Gorgeous. What a colorful and dainty display of nature. Just beautiful.

  16. dorannrule says:

    I am constantly amazed at your breathtaking arrangements. This one is fabulous too.

  17. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so beautiful!

  18. Kris P says:

    And a very nice plonk it is! All the elements, including the vase itself, mix wonderfully.

  19. Lovely, looks like summer all over again!

  20. Chloris says:

    Oh goodness, I always plonk. I remember the amazing complicated arrangements my mother used to do with pin holders and all sorts of complicated underpinning. I like plonked flowers looking natural and lovely. And a very pretty plonk this is too. I love this aster.

  21. Noelle says:

    What a lovely aster, and I love the way you have chosen colours to complement.

  22. susurrus says:

    Gorgeous. The cloud of asters compares and contrasts beautifully with the cosmos. I would not have thought of putting these together, but I love them.

  23. Eliza. I would say this is pink perfection!

  24. Robin says:

    Doesn’t look at all like a “plonk” to me. It’s gorgeous. 🙂

  25. Karen says:

    Love that Plonk Eliza, beautiful flowers and they look well arranged.

  26. Alice Pratt says:

    A particulary pleasing pretty pinky plonky photo portrait of prolific precious petals.

  27. Widdershins says:

    I sometimes think that impermanent art, like this, and sand sculptures, and sidewalk chalk drawings, are the most beautiful. 😀

  28. pbmgarden says:

    A pretty arrangement Eliza. Love to see cosmos in autumn.

  29. Peter/Outlaw says:

    One very fine plunk it is! I love the airy feeling of the tiny asters punctuated by the greater mass of the cosmos. Carefree and still having fun on the verge of autumn’s frosty kiss of death. That’s how I want to live my life.

  30. Maria F. says:

    Great combination Eliza.

  31. Val Boyko says:

    Sometimes a good plonk is worth more than a well constructed wine … flower vase too 😊

  32. Beautiful. It could be a spring bouquet. 🙂

  33. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Love Love Love this, Eliza!!! Just gorgeous! ❤

  34. Maria F. says:

    Nice combination, as usual!

  35. I love your cloud of asters with the cosmos peeking out. And those grapes are sweet…

  36. smallsunnygarden says:

    What a lovely combination of textures from those two – perfect with the jug too 🙂

  37. MK says:

    I don’t know what a plonk is, but I really like this arrangement. The little flowers & big flowers complement each other and tie together in their pinkness.

  38. ladygrace33 says:

    Pretty in pink 🙂 Very sweet 🙂


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