In A Vase On Monday – Wild Things


img_6217Though my garden is finished, I picked these wild goldenrod flowers (Solidago sp.) on a walk last week. Nearby was a delightfully-curled, dried stalk of grass, which I tucked into an old bottle. Simple things can be so pleasing, even Mr. Toad thinks so.

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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72 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Wild Things

  1. MK says:

    Sweet. I especially like those little curly grasses. And the “vase” is cool too!

  2. Cathy says:

    Especially lovely when something like that is an unexpected find. 🙂 Have a lovely week Eliza!

  3. jenanita01 says:

    From magnificent to sweet, but just as lovely…

  4. Alice Pratt says:

    Mr Toad is so wise.

  5. Christina says:

    Great that you found some flowers even if your garden is finished for this year. The dried stems of grass are lovely.

  6. Makes me smile. Looks like Mr. Toad is smiling too.

  7. FlowerAlley says:

    I will forever think of the Mama Green Lynx spider when I see Goldenrod. Though she is long gone, I still find her babies among the dried flowers. Thanks Eliza.

  8. Val Boyko says:

    You make my heart sing …

  9. albert says:

    “Simple things can be so pleasing,” especially when we look closely with a light and open heart. I needed this on this Monday before The Tuesday. Gratefully,

  10. omtatjuan3 says:

    What do you mean your garden is finished…

  11. Kathy Sturr says:

    This is definitely my kind of arrangement – simple, simple. Love the toad!

  12. Laurie Graves says:

    Simple and pretty. Love that frog! Or is it a toad? Whatever!!!

  13. I think there is such warmth in these colors.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kim. The late autumn colors are nice.
      Driving around today, all the oaks and beech are displaying such earthy gold and russet colors – quieter than October, but no less beautiful.

  14. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Another perfect match of contents and container. Simple and beautiful, your arrangement is pleasing to frogs and humans alike!

  15. Cathy says:

    The curly grass is a nice touch to add to this lonesome bloom – thanks for sharing it Eliza

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

    Really pretty, Eliza. I especially like the freely dancing grass. A sort of coloring out of the lines sort of feel. Love it!

  17. It is nice, while it is still possible to find such beautiful flowers outside and the color is so bright 🙂
    I do still see flowers here too, but not like earlier in the year.

  18. Kris P says:

    It’s hard for me to get my head around the garden being done for the season – maybe you need a greenhouse! (Of course, I think everyone “needs” a greenhouse – I’d like one and there’s arguably no justification for it in SoCal whatsoever.) . I’m glad you found some bright color in the wild areas you walk.

  19. What a lovely, simple vase of wild flowers, set off perfectly by that curly grass. I love it!

  20. So very fall like, and it made me think of: “Wild thing, you make my heart sing. You make everything groovy, wild thing. Wild thing, I think I love you.”

  21. Simple pleasures and I like the bottle as well.

  22. homeslip says:

    Oh I agree. I love the simple sweet pleasure of this.

  23. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Simple and lovely!

  24. A simple vase is always so elegant – nothing wrong with that!

  25. pbmgarden says:

    Charming Eliza. A friend just passed along an article from the WSJ about trendy floral designers using roadside cuttings for their arrangements. You’re ahead of everyone.

  26. karen says:

    Simply beautiful Eliza. And I love your frog

  27. ladyfi says:

    oh – so lovely!

  28. So effective! There’s a nice lightness and wildness about your vase. Great frog too.

  29. I’m no purist, but to me there is nothing that beats the subtlety of wildflowers. I love this!

  30. I love flower and vegetable gardens, the problem for me is I do not have a green thumb. I have tried for many years to cultivate that part of myself only to fail time and again. My mom, dad and three of my siblings inherited the gift unfortunately I did not. Your blog will be a garden for me that I can enjoy. :o)

  31. cindy knoke says:

    Yes indeed simple things are!
    I picked a bunch of wild lilac a few days ago, shook them so they wouldn’t shed, and clipped a bunch of grapefruit flowers (some had already made tiny fruit).
    I put the lilacs in the living room, and the grapefruit flowers by our bed. We are having grapefruit flower dreams.
    You and I understand each other Eliza.

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