In A Vase On Monday

I realized after supper that I needed to make a quick arrangement before the light faded. Being Memorial Day here in the States, red, white and blue would have been appropriate colors, but satisfactory blooms aren’t in my garden at the moment. I wandered around looking for inspiration until I spied the pink rhododendron and thought that might make a good start. It’s been a super year for my azaleas and rhododendrons. Perhaps the drought last summer spurred them into flower production and the mild winter spared the buds.

I added matching pink Geranium macrorrhizum blossoms, starry clusters of pale blue Amsonia tabernaemontana, and white bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis alba). A few grasses that were set to flower and variegated Lamium foliage finished the arrangement.

A second, small arrangement is rather whimsical, looking a bit like a multi-antennaed alien! I found a broken Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’ on the ground and added chive blossoms buds that I had on the kitchen counter.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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70 Responses to In A Vase On Monday

  1. It’s always a pleasure to open this, the first post that comes up in my mailbox on a Monday Eliza. Delicate and feminine this week and love the whimsical mood. A lovely start to my day – thank you 😊

  2. Reblogged this on Purplerays and commented:
    My first love? Nature. I couldn’t live without my daily immersion, walking in the woods, visiting our waterfall or sitting by the river watching the birds going about their business. It is where I connect to the “peace which passes all understanding.”
    ~ Eliza Waters

  3. Christina says:

    Both vases are very pretty Eliza; love the fun of the Alliums

  4. jenanita01 says:

    There is nearly always something in your arrangements that I haven’t seen before. The pale blue starry one for example, I don’t think we have that in the UK. Magically arranged, as always…

  5. The muted colours fit Memorial Day quite well

  6. Alice Pratt says:

    In your pretty vase, I don’t think a more meaningful flower than white Bleeding Heart could be used on Memorial Day.

  7. Beautiful, Eliza!

  8. Val Boyko says:

    Love the allium and chive creation to bring a smile Eliza 💛

  9. As always, a beautiful vase (and a bonus one!) to start my week!

  10. Laurie Graves says:

    The first arrangement is lovely, but my heart belongs to the second whimsical creation.

  11. Peter/Outlaw says:

    You always come up with such creative and lovely arrangements! Your allium alien made me smile – love it!

  12. Cathy says:

    A pretty combination, Eliza – do let us know how long the rhododendron lasts in the vase as I have not tried it myself. Love the extra chive and allium vase 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. I have found both azalea and rhododendron to last quite well in a vase, although newly opened is best. This one was low-hanging and wide open, so I don’t expect it to last as long.

  13. AlisonC says:

    This is very sweet and pretty in pink and white. The bleeding hearts are so delicate. And your alliums are lots of fun.

  14. Jewels says:

    Haha I love that Allium and chive arrangement! Beautiful as always Eliza…

  15. ladyfi says:

    I really like that second arrangement!

  16. pbmgarden says:

    Both are lovely Eliza. The white bleeding hearts look so pure and fresh.

  17. Cathy says:

    Lovely arrangements Eliza. Pink and white are showing up in my garden now too. You have reminded me that I have an Allium that seems to have grown as a dwarf this year, so it will have to go in a mid-week vase I think!

  18. Kris P says:

    I faced the same quandary, Eliza – no red! I LOVE your bleeding hearts. Best wishes for a wonderful Memorial Day!

  19. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Both lovely, but I do particularly like your whimsical one:-)

  20. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Such delicate combinations. So spring-like.

  21. The Allium and chives ate wonderful. Brought a smile to my face. Nice weather here so I was in the garden most of the day.

  22. Robin says:

    The first arrangement is gorgeous, but I love the whimsical purple alien. Fun! 🙂

  23. Christy B says:

    The second arrangement IS like an alien!! I couldn’t un-see it once you pointed that out 😉 !!

  24. I love the Allium, colors and textures!

  25. arlingwoman says:

    I love the allium arrangement–the whimsey of it is immediately appealing!

  26. Both are wonderful! I particularly like the whimsy of the first.

  27. What a lovely fresh arrangement that is – perfect for the time of year. I am always jealous of anyone with acid soil – I have to keep my acid lovers in pots which is never the same. Well done for saving that allium – a lot of my ‘arrangements’ start off with a beautiful flower that has been knocked over by the dogs!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Julie. Our soil definitely tends toward acidic, so I must lime every year or so. Can you add sulfur to bring your acidity down?
      Broken flowers always find a home on our kitchen windowsill. 🙂

  28. Stunning, just stunning.

  29. lisakunk says:

    Your arrangements are so different from the average “same old 76” as people say. I like the grasses in this one. They are a surprise.

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