In A Vase On Monday – Pink and Purple

Topped by a starry mandala, gray-green poppy seed pods (Papaver somniferum) vie for attention amid purple larkspur (Consolida ajacis) and lavender Hosta flowers.

Pink racemes of Astilbe taquettii and the first pink phlox (P. paniculata) of the season, along with a couple wild mallow (Malva alcea var. fastigiata) compliment the purples.

White gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) match the white ironstone milk jug chosen as a vase. A few fronds of Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) complete the arrangement. The crocheted doily was a handmade gift from my sister.

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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73 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Pink and Purple

  1. What a sweet, sweet vase! Love everything about it up to the suspense of wondering when the poppies will burst and bloom!

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Oh what soothing colors! Lovely~

  3. Anne says:

    Such a pretty collection of flowers.

  4. Volpinablu-Antonella says:


  5. 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

  6. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie and commented:
    unusual collection of beautiful flowers…

  7. Alice Pratt says:

    Gorgeous! Vase, doily and flowers go so perfectly together. Poppy seed pods seem huge! The Wild Mallow is so delicate.

  8. Beautiful vase as always – the poppy seed pods are very cool.

  9. Cathy says:

    Wonderful colours – very summery. I think the white jug was a good choice to show off these flowers. And the doily matches too! 🙂

  10. Christina says:

    Love the poppy seed heads. Do you use the seeds in baking too?

  11. All very lovely Eliza. I have some larkspur too today and I like the poppy seed heads in the mix. Looks great.

  12. Kris P says:

    I love plants like the poppies – beautiful both in flower and after the flowers are gone!

  13. pbmgarden says:

    This is full of interesting choices, all beautiful. I really like the poppy seed pods.

  14. Brian Skeys says:

    I love the arrangement, especially the goose neck and the poppy seed heads are a master touch.

  15. Cathy says:

    I love the poppy seedheads too, as everyone else seems to do! Their grey green colour seems just right to hold the purple and blues and pink together, oh and the white lysimachia too 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  16. Widdershins says:

    The poppy pods are brilliant … as is the rest of the arrangement 😀 but they do stand out. 🙂

  17. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    So beautiful. Tried growing larkspur this year from seed but very few germinated.

  18. AlisonC says:

    I always love the iridescence of larkspur and the petals look like velvet. With the pinks and the greys it’s all very calm and pretty.

  19. arlingwoman says:

    I do love poppy seed heads! And those purples, the dark and the light. Gorgeous.

  20. Eliza, I love this, so many of my favorites – Phlox, Poppies, Gooseneck Lysimachia! like visiting old friends – thanks

  21. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Perfect cool colors, a refreshing tonic for the heat of summer. Love the poppy seed pods!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Peter. I hear you are getting record breaking temperatures out there. Ouch, those poor plants that are not used to it. Stay cool!

  22. Val Boyko says:

    It is intriguing with the poppy seed heads! Great vase for this time of year Eliza 💛

  23. Lovely arrangement and combination of splendid colors!

  24. Rebecca says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Eliza 🙂

  25. Triple Header of Art! First, the art of planning, planting, nurturing and harvesting of so many beautiful types of flowers/plants. Second, the art of arranging and display where the beauty of the arrangement is synergistic. And finally, the art of capturing and sharing the the beauty through photography. 🙂

  26. Anca Tîrcă says:

    My favourite combination!Lovely arrangement, Eliza!

  27. Kathy Sturr says:

    This one has flower power Eliza! A purple haze. Makes me want to break out some old bell bottoms!

  28. Jewels says:

    Ah soooo sweet! ❤

  29. Noelle says:

    I was a goose to have not brought some of the gooseneck for my new garden…you have managed with your art and craft to bring strong colours and soft colours harmoniously together…that white vase is the perfect one to help with this.

  30. Flowers and vase, a lovely pairing!

  31. naturebackin says:

    I really do love the purple 🙂 Gorgeous arrangement with lovely contrasting textures too.

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