In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Pocket

img_5499This week’s flower colors reflect the yellow and red-orange autumn foliage in the background. I’m using another of my hand-painted, pocket vases made in Ecuador by Artesia. Each side offers a different color, either cobalt or turquoise. I think the cobalt looks better with these flowers, but there is enough gold flowers to carry either side. Do you have a preference?img_5498

With the weather staying above freezing (hurrah), I continue to enjoy my tender annuals.

Gold and burnt orange zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’ and Z. ‘Apricot Profusion,’ which are no longer apricot-colored due to cooler temperatures), along with yellow nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus), contrast with rich, cobalt salvia (S. guarantica) and lavender heart-leaved aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium).

img_5501I’ve used pointy-leaved blue star (Amsonia tabernaemontana) foliage, which is turning to gold and common spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), a fresh shade of green that matches the leaves on the vase. Vertical accents are fountain grass seed heads (Pennisetum alopecuroides).

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.

To my Canadian followers, I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

About Eliza Waters

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66 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Pocket

  1. Alice Pratt says:

    Both sides of the vase are so pretty! Yellow Nasturtiums look very large. The turquoise side is my favorite.

  2. Laurie Graves says:

    Both sides are lovely, but I like the darker blue. “Maya” blue, I call it.

  3. I’d say either side is a winner. Beautiful flowers and gorgeous vase. 🙂

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    I agree with the previous comments; both sides look great and reflect the flower colors beautifully. Artfully done as always!

  5. Robin says:

    Both sides are beautiful, but I’m with you on the cobalt. It makes the colors in the flowers pop. Another amazing and gorgeous arrangement, Eliza. 🙂

  6. Cathy says:

    That Ecuadorian vase is a real find – I love it! It must be brilliant for accentuating blooms in complementary colours as it does in today’s arrangement. I like both sides, but I agree that the cobalt side probably works best this time. Your selection of blooms has ensured it is a real winner – thanks for sharing

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you very much, Cathy. I have four different vases with this motif, one slightly larger with a narrow bottle-top opening, a flared cylinder and a huge ming-style that I use to put dried hydrangea in. My spouse used to rep the company, so there is a fair amount of Artesa pottery in our house!

  7. They’re both beautiful sides, but I prefer the cobalt as well!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Sarah! Oh, btw, I was harvesting ‘Grandpa Ott’ morning glory seeds today, do you still want some? I can send them to your work if you’d like. Wasn’t there something else, too? Cleome?

  8. Kathy Sturr says:

    You are so so good at this! I am always drawn to turquoise lately so I prefer the teal/turquoise side.

  9. Bun Karyudo says:

    I think they’re both nice, but I prefer the cobalt side too. 🙂

  10. LINDA says:

    I love vases with two sides. Amazing how different the bouquets look from each side with that dramatic difference in vase color. I like the turquoise side with the cobalt edge as the deep blues nicely repeat that little cobalt line.

  11. pbmgarden says:

    Great arrangement Eliza. Clever vase. The darker blue pulls everything together really well I think.

  12. Kris P says:

    The vase is another perfect pick for the flowers you selected, Eliza! I love the contrast between yellow/orange and cobalt blue so I have a nominal preference for the second view but it’s a wonderful composition from all directions.

  13. Cathy says:

    Beautiful! The darker blue brings out all those golden shades so well, but both sides are very pretty. Our temperatures are still just above freezing overnight too… keeping my fingers crossed! 🙂

  14. Wow! It’s a knockout. Both sides look great.

  15. How cheerful! Both beautiful but I slightly prefer for this bouquet the turquoise too!

  16. Wow, I think I just like the cattails on the vase, either side. The Salvia guarnitica picks up the blue and the Zinnias the yellow – very pretty all the way around.

  17. Another spot-on vase containing spot-on flowers. You really do have an unending supply of perfect matches! The cobalt side is a better match colour-wise, but the turquoise side is my favourite, perhaps because it’s not quite so obvious.

  18. The cobalt blue is my favourite but with a display like this both are wonderful!

  19. Alice Pratt says:

    Another thought: the cobalt color makes the vase and flowers a unity, the turquoise makes each an entity.

  20. Widdershins says:

    Vase and flowers – a perfect match! 😀

  21. Hannah says:

    The turquoise vase is so lovely, I like its round shape and I assume a long narrow opening that would facilitate flower arranging, and the design of the cattails, which really picks up the yellows in the flowers. But then I saw the cobalt side and it makes all the yellows, oranges and reds really explode with color. But both are lovely.

  22. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful vases and Salvia guaranitica. The cobalt looks very nice too.

  23. ladyfi says:

    Lovely flowers and those pocket vases are beautiful!

  24. Christina says:

    I’m happy you haven’t had a hard frost yet so that you can still enjoy all the lovely annuals in your garden. I love the vase; both sides work beautifully with your blooms this week, if I had to pick a favourite is would be the cobalt – but only if I had to choose!!

  25. Brenda says:

    That vase is exquisite. What I like is how different flower colors pop depending on the colors on the vase side colors. .

  26. Brian Skeys says:

    Lovely arrangement and vase.

  27. MK says:

    I like that neither the vase nor the arrangement are the same on the opposite side. Hooray for invention!

  28. What colour! Gorgeous vase, so cheerful.

  29. jaya says:

    So much beauty! Thank you for sharing

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