In A Vase On Monday – ‘Voodoo’

The first Dahlia ‘Voodoo’ flowers opened yesterday, so get star billing in this week’s IAVOM. I love their rich, red-velvet blooms with a green eye. Unfortunately, the Japanese beetles like them, too, alas!


Small ‘Lemon Queen’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) have opened as well… multi-branched, it looks promising there will be many more.


White and pink Phlox (P. paniculata), hot pink Cosmos ‘Sensation’ plus self-sown white Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) with a rose backside were added next. Once inside the house, they will open their fragrant blossoms.

Spikes of Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) provide a lavender-blue accent. The deeply lobed foliage are leaves of wild Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus) and the vase is one of my favorites, frosted white with etched ferns, complemented by the vintage hand-crocheted doily.

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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79 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – ‘Voodoo’

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  2. Anne says:

    A catchy title and beautiful flowers.

  3. MK says:

    That’s certainly a gorgeous flower, Eliza. (p.s. I like your new gravatar. Not sure how long its been up, but I like it.)

  4. Christy B says:

    I love Dahlias! The ones in my parents’ garden opening up fully this month too. Your arrangement is gorgeous, just like your spirit 🙂

  5. Super description of the Voodoo dahlia – love the green ‘eye’ . Looks as if it may cast a spell of magic in your floral arrangement this week. 🙂

  6. 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

  7. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful dahlias, beautiful flowers, beautiful arrangement.

  8. Peter/Outlaw says:

    As always, a lovely arrangement. A beautiful celebration of high summer.

  9. jenanita01 says:

    That Voodoo is certainly a stunner!

  10. That’s beautiful. And love that you name off the flowers. Must write these down somewhere.

  11. Christina says:

    The green eye of your gorgeous dark ‘Voodoo’ Dahlia saves it from absorbing all the light as mine do. It seems we’ve all used Dahlias today, it is lovely to see how different they can look in everyone’s vases.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It seems that burgundy dahlias were the “IT” flower today, but all were different cultivars. However, one never tires of dahlias, I’ll wager.

  12. seedbud says:

    Spectacular!!! Oh my the green ‘eye’!

  13. The dahlias are lovely. My phlox is in full bloom right now too. 🙂

  14. Noelle says:

    A zingy arrangement…rich colour of the dahlia, lovely phlox, and a clever use to the Helianthus lemony tones to bring balance.

  15. Robin says:

    Stunning arrangement, Eliza. It brightened up my morning. 🙂

  16. Joanna says:

    Oooh just lovely! I like the white lace under the vace, too!

  17. Val Boyko says:

    Voodoo lives up to its name! Love the dark against the light 💛

  18. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD says:

    Oh, those Dahlias! Is there a more gorgeous flower? I am only growing one and it has not liked our weather this year all that much. Lovely arrangement.

  19. Annette says:

    Love this, so evocative of those carefree summer days…and beautifully shot too 🙂

  20. Laurie Graves says:

    Love those colors!

  21. Beautiful, as always – the dahlias really are stars here!

  22. Cathy says:

    Oh how lovely to see your fern vase again, Eliza – and I see what you mean about your dahlia, but your vase looks completely different from mine with your summery extras. …very pretty 🙂

  23. Eliza this is such a beautiful vase and ‘Voodoo’ certainly makes it pop by contrast!

  24. Kris P says:

    Now, that’s summer in a vase, Eliza! The dahlias are beautiful – a good idea to cut them before the beetles get to them!

  25. Cathy says:

    All those lovely flowers in one big bouquet – aaah, summer! Your garden must be looking so very pretty Eliza! (Love the doily too, ;-). )

  26. AlisonC says:

    Oh how pretty the dark dahlia is with the phlox. I’ve been admiring the undersides of my Nicotiana too, so delicately coloured and your nepeta adds a lovely accent. All in a beautiful vase too. Don’t we love summer but why is there always something nibbling at the flowers?

  27. Anca Tîrcă says:

    What a fresh and beautiful combination!

  28. plantgeeksgarden says:

    Those Voodoo dahlias are amazing. A beautiful combination.

  29. Very pretty, love the color combination. I am going to search for that Dahlia now. My MIL was a prolific crochet artist, so I love the doily!

  30. Kathy Sturr says:

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!! Love the dark contrast with the frilly heavenly lace of the doily and phlox. If I were to grow a dahlia, this would be the one!

  31. KathrinS says:

    How gorgeous! I love the dahlias.

    Kathrin —

  32. Beautiful arrangement and the dahlia is the crowning touch!

  33. Sally says:

    Hi Eliza, I’m a little late here but, have to tell you your arrangement is striking. I love the colors and the mix of flowers. The beautiful handmade table runner completes the bouquet. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments. I love the Kent Oregano. I’m in growing zone 6b and it made it through the winter.

  34. bittster says:

    Oh wow thats dark. Beautiful arrangement and excellent photos!

  35. I haven’t been on here for so long and am glad to be catching up on your wonderful photos!

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