In A Vase On Monday – Good Fortune

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.

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76 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Good Fortune

  1. Lovely arrangement Eliza 💚🍀

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Oh I love the combination! Love Asian art and this works so well together.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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.

  3. A lovely combination. Wishing you good fortune and joy this week and every week.

    ‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished’. Lao Tzu

  4. jenanita01 says:

    You always bring such joy and loveliness to my Monday mornings… love the statuettes too!

  5. gaiainaction says:

    A lovely way to start the week, thank you Eliza 🙂 “The earth laughs in flowers”

  6. Brenda says:

    You already have good fortune just by having such beauty around you! Those antique figures are lovely.

  7. pastpeter says:

    Your arrangements are always just lovely, Eliza

  8. Jim R says:

    I like those two small statues guarding the vase. Nice touch.

  9. Kathy Sturr says:

    Love this Eliza!

  10. Laurie Graves says:

    Good fortune to all! Especially for those who have such a way with flowers.

  11. Love the flowing shape of this arrangement 🙂May the prospect of the symbolism flow through the week,

  12. Cathy says:

    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

  13. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Great arrangement. Wishing you good luck, joy, happiness, balance and freedom from worldly cares! Your use of sage with the sages made me smile!

  14. Chloris says:

    I like your use of sage to go with your ivory wise old men. A lovely arrangement.

  15. liv blumer says:

    Love those two venerable Chinese guys.

  16. 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

  17. 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).

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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!

  18. Kris P says:

    More wonderful bearded Iris and a lovely Weigela too! I adore those figurines. They look just right beneath your beautiful arrangement.

  19. Those Chinese figures are the perfect way to tie yellow and red flowers together.

  20. Christy B says:

    Wonderful arrangement, with the additional good luck brought to it by the figures standing in front 🙂 Great combo!

  21. Beautiful I love your arrangement… much love, barbara x

  22. AlisonC says:

    Another interesting and pretty colour scheme. It looks very elegant with draping Weigela. Lets hope it brings you all those good things.

  23. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Lovely combinations 🙂

  24. 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.

  25. Love the icons with the flowers. GREAT energy 🙂

  26. Cathy says:

    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. 🙂

  27. Leanne says:

    Wonderful composition! I might have to get a weigela now!

  28. Thanks for sharing the beauty and joy of your wonderful arrangement!

  29. Val Boyko says:

    A thoughtful and beautiful arrangement Eliza. Thank you for sharing your sage expertise 🙏😊

  30. srickman2014 says:

    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!

  31. Oh I love the combination!

  32. Cath says:

    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.

  33. Enjoyed your post and learning something new about the meaning of the colors red/yellow in the Chinese culture. Beautiful figurines too.

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