In A Vase on Monday – Ephemeral
Our wild daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) begin to bloom without fail during the first week of July every year. This year’s abundant rain has produced a bumper crop.
Although their blooms last only a day, I still like to make arrangements with them. Not all buds will flower, but many of the larger ones will. While I do need to trim the arrangement daily, it is worth it.
White mounds of Oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia) blossoms and a raceme of Hosta ‘Frances Williams’ provide bulk, while arching stems of Coral Penstemon (P. barbatus) provide accent.
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) is filler and foliage is Baptisia and Patrinia.
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.
Eliza – that is such a beautiful summer bouquet!
Thank you very much!
Orange can be a tricky colour and that looks great.
So pretty 🌸🏡💚
Thank you, Karen!
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Such a glorious collection!
Thank you kindly!
Beautiful combination of colours!
Thank you, Steve!
Love this one Eliza! It has a wildness to it. I still my Oakleaf ): Hydrangea, sniff. May she rest in peace.
Thank you, Kathy. Time for you to get a new oak leaf hydrangea! Mine struggled for years and then suddenly it began to thrive, this year is the best it has ever looked, blooming like crazy. (Maybe the upside of warmer winters?)
Using flowers that only last a short time, makes it even more special 💛
True it is. Thanks, Val!
Wonderful, as always.
Thank you, Laurie! 🙂
What a happy and refreshing bouquet!
Thank you, Alice. Good news, I saw my first monarch this morning! Let’s hope it finds a mate and lays hundreds of eggs! 🙂
That’s awesome! Must have made you so happy! I have at least a hundred Milkweeds, lost 10, blossoms were so top heavy from the rain. It seems that some don’t flower…are there male & female plants? My daughter was so excited, 4 days ago they discovered about 1 dozen Black Swallow Tail eggs on Fennel, that I gave her 5 (??) years ago….one hatched, yesterday. They put such good soil & compost in the garden that her fennel is more than 6 feet tall & they love the re-seeding & use the seeds, when they make venison sausage.
I was definitely doing a happy dance! 😉
Hope you get some for your plants and what a legacy that your fennel continues to feed swallowtails season after season.
The front yards of a number of houses on one side of our street all slope down to the street and a group of neighbors have planted their banks withs daylilies. It is a fabulous display. I often use them in bouquets as well. They add such color and a different shape.
They are a versatile and tough plant, great drought tolerance.
Perfect combo! Reminds me of a bouquet made long ago, with ditch lilies and Queen Ann’s lace, when Tim took me for a ride through the mountains when we were first dating.
Aww, nice memory! Thanks, Marian. 🙂
Lovely, as always – though my day lilies seem to be on their own schedule. None are blooming, though they look like they are about to burst any day now. They’re out all around us. I’m just thinking this means we’ll still have lilies when everyone else doesn’t!
Thank you, Sarah. Like tulips, daylilies have early, mid- and late-season varieties, so yours may be of the later sort. And yes, yours will probably still be blooming when others have passed. 🙂
I’ll be happy with that – and the first three blooms are going to come out today!
The day lilies are lovely Eliza! I can see why you make the effort to bring some indoors and keep them trimmed. 🙂
Thank you, Cathy. I love the throat markings, so striking!
Wow, what a gorgeous bouquet. Beautiful color combination. Different kinds of penstemon is my new favorite flower added to my garden this year. We fell in love with them when we saw different wild versions in Arizona.
Thank you! Penstemon is such a hardy native and there are many beautiful species to collect. 🙂
It’s a wonderful combination, Eliza. Fleeting as the blooms may be, daylilies deserve to be used as focal points in vases more often!
Thank you, Kris!
The bright orange of the lily is such a perfect compliment to the whites and greens. Just lovely.
Thank you so much!
Oh WOW ! Not sure why but my heart jumped a beat when I saw that arrangement .Simply beautiful
Orange is an alarm color – haha! Glad you liked it. 🙂
Lovely arrangement. I particularly like the Oakleaf hydrangea. The shape reminds me of a “Christmas tree” I saw one December at William Randolph Hearst’s mansion/home in central California. They had a wire form in the shape of a tall Christmas tree, with round spaces to drop in potted poinsettia. Voila… a giant red Christmas tree. It was striking. So… I really like that shape in your hydrangea.
Thank you, Micheal. That tree much have been amazing to see!
A fesh, beautiful arrangement, thanks, Eliza!
Thank you, Anca!
I love the colors you chose here. They all contrast nicely and thus, stand out.
Thank you, Kim. As you can imagine, I just wander around and pick what looks good, rarely with a set plan. It is soothing, creative & fun. ❤
YOu have a real talent, Eliza.
I’m blushing. 😉 Thanks a bushel and a peck!
Love it! The vase speaks to me of summer. I love those Daylilies and understand why you love having them around. My grandmother referred to them as Ditch Lilies and the proper common name in the south is Common Orange Daylily.
Thanks, Amelia. They are very common, grow just about anywhere, but deserve more than a passing glance. So many gardeners dismiss them, but I find their centers quite beautiful.
Your header picture could so easily have been taken in the UK, Eliza – there any fields in our part of Middle England like this at the moment. Your day lilies look lovely – mine here have sulked since being divided and I haven’t had any flowers for a few years. A bunch of them would be lovely, so I am enjoying yours instead – thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you, Cathy. Hay fields always remind me of sultry summer days. My daylilies are very abundant this year, lining the driveway in a swath of orange. They were planted by the former owner and have increased greatly, which I don’t mind at all.
Mmmm, sounds lovely 🙂
The wild or native day lilies don’t get the respect they deserve. Each year, they come back like a faithful friend. I LOVE your arrangement. I know lots of gardeners who toss them, but I have them lining the edge of the property. I can look out about any window and see them blooming. 🙂
Thank you, Judy. They are like faithful friends! I think they are too often taken for granted.
This is just a stunning arrangement…I adore the hydrangea and oh those wild daylilies are perfection!
Thank you, Donna!
Gorgeous! I love the wildness look of this one. 🙂
Thank you very much!
The blooms last only a day but they are magnificent! Beautiful arrangement 🙂
Thank you, Christy!
Welcome and enjoy your Monday evening 🙂
Just the right amount of white and greenery keep this summery and cool. That coral penstemon is beautiful, as well. This is a lovely lush bouquet…
Thank you very much, Lisa. 🙂 I really love that penstemon.
Gorgeous bouquet, Eliza, so lush and joyful. We have lots of H. fulva here and they’re actually the hems with the best drought-resistance. Flowering is long over here though but I shall combine mine with Hydrangea next year 🙂
Thank you, Annette!
I love the hay field in your header. It looks very much like one right down the street from us. There’s something almost whimsical about all those huge round bales resting randomly here and there.
Thank you, Brenda. Many farmers now encase them in white plastic – they look like giant marshmallows. I still like the old-fashioned bales, though.
A bouquet worthy to grace any drawing room…and be drawn! There are such rich colours in the lilies, yet with the foliage and the white oak hygrandea there is a refined air to the whole arrangement.
Thank you very much, Noelle.
The orange warmth of summer tempered by cooling white; a perfect arrangement for this time of year!
Thanks, Peter. It does reflect the fiery heat of the summer sun, doesn’t it? 🙂
Beautiful. We’ve been planting various dark daylilies, but you can beat this wild one for verve!
Thank you, Allison. I have other lovely daylilies, but the markings on the orange are esp. beautiful.
Thank you, Belinda!
I love lilies. They are so elegant, aren’t they? xo
They really are – thanks, Rebecca.
Oh, Eliza!! How creative you are! I would not even stop to think of putting some of what you have in a vase. These are gorgeous!! Just breathtaking! They mirror the Love in your heart for these flowers, they really do. 💖
Thank you so much, Amy! xo
Beautiful, Eliza. Your arrangements make me smile. 🙂
Thank you, Diana.
That really looks great! I am completely not a fan of those ‘ditch lilies’ but they sure look good in this combination. Maybe I need to reconsider. Maybe a double ditch lily would be ok 😉
Beautiful arrangements, Eliza. Those colors and flower shapes go well together.
Thank you very much, Hien!
I love the overhead view, it has a bit of an abstract feel. 🙂
Thank you. I try to show individual flowers and often forget to include this view. Glad you liked it!