In A Vase On Monday – ‘Italian White’ & ‘Moonstruck’

Dahlia  ‘Moonstruck’ and Helianthus ‘Italian White’ are perfect in each others company in this week’s arrangement. Creamy-white with a touch of lemon, I placed them in a milk jug that once belonged to my grandmother.

Three Abyssinian gladioli (Acidanthera murielae) were added for accent. This is the second year I have grown them and while last year yielded no blooms before frost, this year they managed three. I’m doubting whether to grow them again, as they barely make it to frost. Being a zone 7-11 bulb, our summer is just not long enough for them. However, a single blossom can deliciously scent a room, so perhaps I’ll continue to try. Maybe start them early inside in pots? Anyone else have this problem?

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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90 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – ‘Italian White’ & ‘Moonstruck’

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Those Abyssinian gladioli are sometimes available in catalogues, but I have never tried them. I did try to try those Italian white sunflowers many years ago. I mean that I got them from a catalogue, but was too cheap to get two packets. Instead, I sent them to Brent (my colleague down south) so he could plants some, and then sent the rest to me. Yeah, right.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They both are great performers (Dahlia and Sunflower). Your zone would be great for Acidanthera, I would think, but they might need irrigation in dry spells.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    All those flowers would have been great for my garden with the naughty name. I do not want to mention it here out of context if you have not seen the article.

  3. Understated beauty and combination this week, Eliza. ‘Moonstruck’ is a charmingly descriptive naming for the dahlia. 🙂

  4. Gorgeous – white flowers are my favourite and with all those shapes and other colours in them – just gorgeous!

  5. Christina says:

    Love this combination of flowers Eliza. As to the Acidanthera; I’ve never had much success with them. Cathy at Absent Gardener seems to always have success in New Zealand so I think they need more irrigation than mine receive.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Christina. Cathy is zone 7, I think, which is where they love to live. They take a good 6mos. to bloom and I am just a tad shy of that. I might try potting them up early and hopefully, they won’t mind the transplanting.

  6. jenanita01 says:

    Lovely this colourway… so classical…

  7. seedbud says:

    Gorgeous! I just did the Italian White for the first time this year and I love them! Your combination is marvelous!

  8. Cathy says:

    Oh this abundance of creamy yellow and white looks lovely Eliza – thanks for sharing

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Eliza, such a delightful combination of creamy flowers, and perfect choice to use your grandmother’s pitcher. I garden in zone 7b so at least the long growing season would be in my favor for trying Abyssinian gladioli. They are lovely.

  10. Shades of white? Seems impossible, but there it is and perfect in the pitcher. I have some of those Sunflowers to try this winter.

  11. A lovely, graceful arrangement Eliza and I like the sense of history of displaying them in your grandmother’s jug.

  12. Kathy Sturr says:

    Moonstruck by that helianthus! On the search … Another stunning arrangement by Eliza!!!

  13. Joanna says:

    Just lovely and looks good enough to eat! I think I’ve seen that gladiolius somewhere before. It’s pretty, but if you are having difficulties growing it there, I will not attempt it. 😉

  14. What I particularly like about your bouquet is that it is not the oranges and golds that most of us have in the fall. So soft and romantic.

  15. Dymoon says:

    I was struck by the mellow creamy colours.. Very nice!

  16. Kris P says:

    I “need” to find that ‘Italian White’ sunflower next year – it’s a beauty! It also looks lovely with the white dahlia blooms. My own white dahlias (‘Hakuyou’) were prone to bugs that damaged the blooms. I’ve tossed out the tubers but maybe I’ll look for another white form next year. As to the glads, I tried growing them here in zone 10b and they didn’t bloom well but, as that was the start of our drought, that was perhaps a key factor in the failure.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Italian White is a winner – blooms continuously for months. Christina, whose climate is hot like yours, says the glads need added moisture. I’m going to give them one more year, if they don’t do well, I’ll give up.

  17. Alice Pratt says:

    How awesome to have a milk jug from your grandmother! Fun to think of the jug being on the table at dinner time & wondering what they were eating…maybe some cornbread. The gladioli look so different than the ‘regular’ ones we see, often falling over, but such pretty flowers

  18. AlisonC says:

    These look wonderful in your gorgeous jug. I have a pale sunflower on my seed list. Your arrangement is so fresh. I’ve had acidanthera flowering for the first time ever but I think we have a longer season than you. Other people manage them easily, just not me. I did start them in pots then planted them out.

  19. Jewels says:

    Beautiful creamy tones…

  20. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Perfectly named flowers. Beautiful vase as always.

  21. Sally says:

    Hi Eliza. Your arrangement is lovely and I adore the pitcher….especially since it belonged to your grandmother. I love the white on white! Very creative!

  22. Brian Skeys says:

    A lovely arrangement, the colours are well suited to a milk jug.

  23. rickii says:

    Refreshing paleness in the season of flames.

  24. Such a beautiful arrangement!

  25. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Perfect milky contents for your grandmother’s jug. Beautiful respite from the screaming hot colors of autumn.

  26. Looks like happiness in a vase. I think you are right about starting the bulbs early…should work.

  27. What bounty! I’m envious. And our grandmothers would both be proud. There is nothing more elegant than a white-on-white floral arrangement.

  28. Beautiful! I love the white – so unexpected this time of year, but in a good way.

  29. Antonio says:

    What a wonderful flowers!
    best regards from Italy

  30. Anca Tirca says:

    So elegant, I love that creamy white colour of the flowers! And the jug looks great, too.

  31. bittster says:

    I’m also in love with those colors. you did a great job putting them together and photographing. Even without flowers the glad foliage looks great in there!

  32. Those look so wonderful together. D ‘Moonstruck’ is particularly attractive with those milky tones.

  33. MK says:

    I really like the combination of yellow/white in each of the 3 elements here. Another nice bouquet in a lovely pitcher.

  34. Chloris says:

    I agree that is a perfect colour combination. I love the arrangement. I have found Acidanthera very shy to flower. It throws up lovely healthy foliage and then hardly any blooms. Such a pity the flowers are gorgeous and smell so lovely.

  35. Cathy says:

    I am so late coming back to this post Eliza, but just wanted to add my applause for this beautiful arrangement! I love those lemony shades. The sunflower and dahlia were made for each other!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you so much, Cathy. Much appreciated. That color spectrum is a lovely one and additional plant choices along these lines might be in order for next year. 🙂

  36. karen says:

    Sorry to be late responding. Time is not my own at the moment. However, your arrangement is truly gorgeous. I love that combination of colours. I’m just making lists of what to grow next year. 🙂 x

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Karen. It is a great combo that I hope to repeat and possibly expand upon.

      • karen says:

        Thank you Eliza. Looking forward to seeing what you are growing too. Flowers seem to bring happiness to everyone. Thankful that we have them. Thanks for reading and for getting in touch. I’m joining in again with IAVOM over the winter when there’s less gardening to do. I’ve got bulbs and all sorts in the mini poly tunnel for the winter. It’s more of a challenge, but I’m hoping I can keep the flowers coming over the cold period till spring. All the best. Karen

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Looking forward to your winter posts. I remember your posts from last year. Pots in your potting shed window especially.

      • karen says:

        Thank you Eliza. I’ve been clearing out the potting shed today, ready for my winter display. Amazing how much clutter accumulates over the summer when you are busy working in the garden. Mum came and helped me clean out the greenhouse, and put all the exotics indoors, to that’s all set for the cold weather. I have to have somewhere to mooch to when it’s cold and dark. Thanks for your kind comments. Much appreciated xx

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