In A Vase On Monday – Floral Fireworks

With spikes of gold Ligularia ‘The Rocket,’ burgundy-red fountains of Beebalm (Monarda didyma) and sprays of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.), fireworks came to mind after I arranged this week’s vase.

Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) are white sparklers and the lavender Hosta flowers are cascading Roman candles. Even the Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) foliage seems to be aflame.

And now that my Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) have finally come in, I thought I’d share a vase of them as well. Is there a scent more heavenly?

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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85 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Floral Fireworks

  1. What an unusual mix, so vibrant. I can smell those sweet peas from here – delicious!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you! The colors seem at odds at first, but looking closely, the Ligularia has burgundy stems and the Hosta has dark striping. Exploring color in the garden is such fun!

  2. A dazzling show this week Eliza 🙂 and how lucky for you to have an added bonus of that sweet scented fragrance.

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    ~ Eliza Waters

  4. Christina says:

    It’s lovely to see all your flowers in tip top condition. Fireworks is a great name.

  5. jenanita01 says:

    A stunning display, reminds me of bonfire night!

  6. naturebackin says:

    Much nicer than actual fireworks in my opinion 🙂

  7. pastpeter says:

    These are all glorious, Eliza, and you have combined them with your characteristic flourish! What a great arrangement. Thank you for brightening a gray Monday morning (right now we feel like sheep to be slaughtered, being killed all day long by the physicians – Lord have mercy).

  8. Kathy Sturr says:

    Love Eliza. I’ve always been a fan of the ‘Rocket’ but mine has dwindled like much else in my garden. The sweet pea vase is gorgeous as are the blooms – such palatial color.

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  10. Alice Pratt says:

    So pretty! There’s an open area in woods where we walk, with Sweetpeas…should go check to see if they are blooming. It’s fun to see how many of the flowers I recognize in your vases. Five, including the Sweetpeas. I have not see Goldenrod blooming yet….I have multitudes…I wonder if yours is an earlier blooming kind?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alice. Yes, there are at least a half a dozen different kinds of goldenrod here. This one is always the first. S. altissima, the really tall one, tends to be the last.

  11. To quote a designer friend of mine “you’ve got to have a little color,” (although with his southern accent it was more like ‘culah’) and your colors are jumping out of the vase. Love to look at these, but I can never grow goldenrod. It makes me sneeze. I especially love the ‘sparklers’ of white blooms. What a fun arrangement.

  12. Laurie Graves says:


  13. These do look like fireworks – I love all the color and the shapes of this vase.

  14. Cathy says:

    Oh yes, definitely fireworks – really like that imagery. Thanks for sharing Eliza

  15. Noelle says:

    Such healthy blooms…and I love that vase you have put your sweet peas in…eyecatching.

  16. Kris P says:

    Sweet peas in summer – that’s something I can’t even conceive of! I love the Ligularia too.

  17. Beautiful arrangement and pictures. This one feels very summery with its multi-colors. You have a wonderful vase collection as well!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Denise. I’ve been collecting vases since my teen years and now have a hutch full – more than I’ll probably ever use, but that is the nature of obsession! 😉

  18. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Fireworks is exactly what I thought too when I saw your beautiful vase:-)

  19. Beautiful arrangements. I’ve never seen hosta flowers in an arrangement but they look quite lovely and coordinate well with the nice vase. I’m always a fan of Queen Anne’s Lace, and I never met a Sweet Pea I didn’t love. 🙂

  20. These should be called envy vases! I think you included everything I wanted to grow in my Atlanta garden, but couldn’t. Love them.

  21. Joanna says:

    Lovely…I especially like the sweet peas! They don’t grow well for me…not sure why!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Joanna. Keep trying with the sweet peas. They like a cool start (April) in well-drained, yet evenly moist soil. You might try soaking 24 hours before planting and using a nitrogen-fixing inoculant, same as you use for beans.

  22. arlingwoman says:

    That first vase is definitely a firework display! My bee balm is over, but the finches are enjoying them. And sweet peas! There is nothing quite like a vase of them.

  23. Karen says:

    Such a beautiful bouquet of bright vivid blooms Eliza, and the lovely fragrance of sweet peas.

  24. My favorite yet – solidago in bloom indicates honey season is over and its time to allow the bees to store nectar and pollen for the winter months.

  25. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Love that bright and happy combination! There is not a scent more heavenly than sweet peas.

  26. Cathy says:

    A fantastic display of ‘fireworks’ Eliza. Your golden rod is just ahead of mine… one or two flowers are just opening here. 🙂 The Ligularia is one I should try and grow too.

  27. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Perfect analogy, beautiful fireworks!

  28. Oh sweet peas, they look stunning. That is in my list for next year to grow. Beautiful arrangement.

  29. Spectacular. I even like the golden rod!

  30. Truuty says:

    These are so pretty! 💕

  31. Love the floral fireworks and the beautiful combination of the Sweet Peas with the vase!

  32. rickii says:

    They do look like they are exploding out of the vase.

  33. Christy B says:

    So glad you shared your Sweet Peas with us, Eliza 🙂 And I LOVE your new profile photo here!

  34. MK says:

    Fireworks indeed. Great title. And thanks for including the sweet peas–my mom’s favorite.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you like the arrangements. Sweet peas are now an annual ‘must-have.’ I can understand why they were your mom’s favorite.

  35. Love these collection on pastel…….my fav colors!

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