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.
What a sweet, sweet vase! Love everything about it up to the suspense of wondering when the poppies will burst and bloom!
Thank you kindly! The poppies have gone by and these are their lovely seed pods. If you want to see these beauties in flower, check this previous post: http://wp.me/s3O3z4-poppies
Oh what soothing colors! Lovely~
Thank you, Cindy!
Such a pretty collection of flowers.
Thank you, Anne.
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unusual collection of beautiful flowers…
Thanks so much!
Gorgeous! Vase, doily and flowers go so perfectly together. Poppy seed pods seem huge! The Wild Mallow is so delicate.
Thank you, Alice. I picked the fattest pods. I just love their color and starry tops!
Beautiful vase as always – the poppy seed pods are very cool.
Thank you, Sarah. They are fun, aren’t they?
They are – you’re so good at picking out items other than the flowers themselves to use in your vases. It adds so much interest to them.
Thank you kindly for that compliment, Sarah!
Wonderful colours – very summery. I think the white jug was a good choice to show off these flowers. And the doily matches too! 🙂
Thank you, Cathy. I thought of you when I set out the doily. Still impressed you were able to create that pansy pattern!
Love the poppy seed heads. Do you use the seeds in baking too?
Yes, I keep some seed, but other than peppering the seed around for next year and saving a few dried heads, most go to the compost pile. I get probably a quart a year- way more than I need!
Wow! That is a lot
All very lovely Eliza. I have some larkspur too today and I like the poppy seed heads in the mix. Looks great.
Thank you, Dorris. My first larkspur, I expect with this year’s fresh seed, I’ll have a better selection next year.
Mine too, aren’t they delightful
I love plants like the poppies – beautiful both in flower and after the flowers are gone!
Even dried, they continue to create interest. Thanks, Kris!
This is full of interesting choices, all beautiful. I really like the poppy seed pods.
Thank you, Susie. The pods are a favorite as well.
I love the arrangement, especially the goose neck and the poppy seed heads are a master touch.
Thank you so much, Brian.
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
Thank you, Cathy.
The poppy pods are brilliant … as is the rest of the arrangement 😀 but they do stand out. 🙂
So beautiful. Tried growing larkspur this year from seed but very few germinated.
Thank you! Same here, the germination was spotty. I’m hoping to save some seed from these plants for next spring, hoping it’ll be fresher. One never knows how old a packet of seeds really is despite the stamp.
I should do the same – though I have only four plants!!
Even one flower will produce a fair amount of seed. Save a couple buds from each of the four. 🙂
Thanks for tip!
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.
Thank you, Alison. Purple and gray/green is a favorite combo of mine.
I do love poppy seed heads! And those purples, the dark and the light. Gorgeous.
Thank you very much, Lisa!
Eliza, I love this, so many of my favorites – Phlox, Poppies, Gooseneck Lysimachia! like visiting old friends – thanks
Thank you, Amelia. Glad to provide a bit of nostalgia!
Memories..like the corners of my mind..with Gooseneck Loosestrife…doesn’t sound right!?
Perfect cool colors, a refreshing tonic for the heat of summer. Love the poppy seed pods!
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!
It is intriguing with the poppy seed heads! Great vase for this time of year Eliza 💛
Thank you very much, Val! 🙂
Lovely arrangement and combination of splendid colors!
Absolutely gorgeous, Eliza 🙂
Thank you, Rebecca!
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. 🙂
I am blushing, thanks so much for your effusive praise! 🙂
y/w, well deserved
My favourite combination!Lovely arrangement, Eliza!
Thank you, Anca!
This one has flower power Eliza! A purple haze. Makes me want to break out some old bell bottoms!
😀 Too funny – thanks, Kathy!
Ah soooo sweet! ❤
Thank you, Julie!
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.
Thank you so much, Noelle. I love the grace of gooseneck blooms. Hope you can find someone willing to share a few roots with you for your garden.
Flowers and vase, a lovely pairing!
Thank you, Belinda!
I really do love the purple 🙂 Gorgeous arrangement with lovely contrasting textures too.
Thank you, Carol!