Red and gold are traditional colors in Chinese culture with red symbolizing good luck, joy and happiness, and gold for balance and freedom from worldly cares. Red Weigela (W. florida) and gold tall bearded iris (I. x germanica) are hopefully bringing good fortune to our home this week, with silvery lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) for added prosperity.
A few sprigs of sage blossoms (Salvia officinalis) are a nod to the wizened figures in the foreground. Antique, hand-carved ivory figurines once belonging to my spouse’s grandmother, I’m guessing they are Lao Tzu and Confucius?
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.
Lovely arrangement Eliza 💚🍀
Thank you, Karen!
Oh I love the combination! Love Asian art and this works so well together.
Thank you, Cindy! My husband’s grandparents lived in Japan in the early 1900s, so we have some nice furniture, art and dishes from that period.
A lovely combination. Wishing you good fortune and joy this week and every week.
‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished’. Lao Tzu
Thank you and same for you. Love the quote!
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You always bring such joy and loveliness to my Monday mornings… love the statuettes too!
Glad to know that, thank you!
A lovely way to start the week, thank you Eliza 🙂 “The earth laughs in flowers”
Thank you, Agnes!
You already have good fortune just by having such beauty around you! Those antique figures are lovely.
Thank you, Brenda. Life is good!
Your arrangements are always just lovely, Eliza
Thank you kindly, Peter. 🙂
I like those two small statues guarding the vase. Nice touch.
Thank you, Jim.
Love this Eliza!
Thank you, Kathy!
Good fortune to all! Especially for those who have such a way with flowers.
Thank you, Laurie!
Love the flowing shape of this arrangement 🙂May the prospect of the symbolism flow through the week,
Thank you very much, Liz!
Oh I like the idea of relating your blooms to traditional Chinese culture – what a lovely week you are going to have, Eliza! Your vase looks so effective with the props
Thank you very much, Cathy.
Great arrangement. Wishing you good luck, joy, happiness, balance and freedom from worldly cares! Your use of sage with the sages made me smile!
Thank you, Peter. I’m wishing you the same!
I like your use of sage to go with your ivory wise old men. A lovely arrangement.
Thank you, Chloris!
Love those two venerable Chinese guys.
Thanks, Liv. Hope you are staying cool. 🙂
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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
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Another gorgeous arrangement! I got more planting done this weekend, so hopefully by next year, I’ll sometimes be able to pick flowers from my own garden (who knows – maybe I will be able to by the end of this summer. I do have a rose bush I re-planted last year that looks like an entirely different, healthy bush than it did before. One or two more plants like that, and I’ll be set).
Yay, I look forward to seeing your flowers. Did you get the cleome seeds I sent planted? They should bloom well by August. Strangely enough, none of mine seem to have self-sown, at least not yet. It was a cool spring, so maybe they’re late. Thanks, Sarah.
I finally got the garden where they are going finished (it was my spring/summer project). As soon as it stops raining here, they’re going in. And if it doesn’t stop raining, I’ll just go out and plant them anyway!
More wonderful bearded Iris and a lovely Weigela too! I adore those figurines. They look just right beneath your beautiful arrangement.
Thank you, Kris!
Those Chinese figures are the perfect way to tie yellow and red flowers together.
Thank you, Linda. 🙂
Wonderful arrangement, with the additional good luck brought to it by the figures standing in front 🙂 Great combo!
Thank you, Christy!
Beautiful I love your arrangement… much love, barbara x
Thank you, Barbara!
Another interesting and pretty colour scheme. It looks very elegant with draping Weigela. Lets hope it brings you all those good things.
Thank you, Alison. 🙂
Lovely combinations 🙂
Sage and Confusious – or confusion on the spelling in my case. Wonderful combination, regardless. (My English teacher is spinning in her grave yet again) Weigelia had me puzzled as to ID-I think I have seen two in my life, the color is just wonderful and contrast in colors with the Lambs Ears and Iris makes a stunning arrangement.
Thank you, Amelia!
Love the icons with the flowers. GREAT energy 🙂
Yes! Thanks, Kim. ❤
I was so fascinated by the figures I had to go back to look at your vase properly! Lovely golden iris, and I never would have thought to put Weigela in a vase. Great theme. 🙂
Thank you, Cathy!
Wonderful composition! I might have to get a weigela now!
😀 Thanks, Leanne. They are a great shrub and come in many colors, sizes and some have variegated foliage, pretty with pink flowers.
Thanks for sharing the beauty and joy of your wonderful arrangement!
Thank you kindly!
A thoughtful and beautiful arrangement Eliza. Thank you for sharing your sage expertise 🙏😊
🙂 Thank you, Val.
Thank you, Fi!
You have such a way of putting together such beautiful arrangements, Eliza! I am always amazed at how you find items than many of us might overlook to construct your arrangements. I am impressed with your creativity!
Thank you very much, Stephanie! ❤
Lovely array of colour!
Thank you, Belinda!
Schöne Fotos. Wolfgang
Oh I love the combination!
The silver with that light yellow is lovely on it’s own, and then the burgundy colour adds a perfect low note to offset it. I love the yellow light in the background too.
Thank you, Cath. Good eye, the sun was setting. 🙂
Enjoyed your post and learning something new about the meaning of the colors red/yellow in the Chinese culture. Beautiful figurines too.