In A Vase On Monday – Mid-September

Mid-September and the choices in my garden are growing fewer by the day. Dahlia ‘Lillehammer’ still is putting forth blooms, but like the rest, it loses vigor as summer wanes. Making up the rest of the arrangement are white Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata), pink Zinnias (Z. elegans), the last of the pink phlox (P. paniculata) and cosmos with a handful of Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus) blossoms. Wild Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) and lime green leaves of Purple Raspberry (Rubus odoratus) are the filler and foliage. Props are a few white pumpkin gourds that once again self-sowed out of the compost, a nice surprise freebie.

I’m joining Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, host of the weekly meme showcasing arrangements created from our gardens. Click the link to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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98 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Mid-September

  1. Eliza, this is fabulous!

  2. Anne says:

    A very pretty arrangement. I always enjoy whatever freebies the compost provides. These pumpkins look great.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my! It is Monday already! It will be Monday here in two and a half hours!
    ‘Lillehammer’ ROX! I do not think of dahlias as one of those flowers that excels in white. I mean, it is typically one of those bright and sunny dahlia colors, not white like a big chrysanthemum. I have heard of ‘Lillehammer’, but did not believe that it would be as excellent as purported.

  4. shamanism1 says:

    A burst of colour before your Autumn arrives 🌺🌸💕

  5. cindy knoke says:

    Oh, so gorgeous Eliza!
    How your garden glows, and with your care, grows!
    It is such a different ecosystem from here. You have rain, snow, moisture, rich soil.
    Nicotina grows wild all over The Holler. Hollerites treat it as a nuisance plant and destroy it. It grows unasked for.
    I don’t say, “You would actually pay good money for this in a nursery,” because I find my own self illogical. Why did I define some plants as weeds, and work hard at eliminating them, while simultaneously nurturing plants that are not endemic at the Holler.
    The Holler is a hostile environment for vulnerable living things. I need to go with the flow of what survives.
    Tumbleweeds, those little explosive ‘balls of fire,’ in a fire, do amazingly well here.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cindy!
      Many introduced species end up being real problems without the natural controls of their point of origin. Most places are unrecognizable from a couple hundred years ago with all the introduced species (intentionally or unintentionally). Tumbleweeds from Siberia are now fire hazards, literally ‘great balls of fire’ in the West.
      Trying to correct our wrongs, we can only do what we can to encourage natives and discourage invasive species. A Sisyphean task, I know!

  6. Alice Pratt says:

    Gorgeous! I don’t recall that beautiful vase, it is, of course, perfect with your blooms. I’m not familiar with ‘Hyacinth Bean’; what a lot of fun to have little ‘Boo’ Pumpkins growing out of your compost!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alice. The vase was an early marriage gift from hubby – lovely porcelain from Japan. I’ve managed to keep it all these years, through kids and pets. May it remain safe from the newest little hellion! 😉

  7. neihtn2012 says:

    You may have fewer flowers to choose from but they are still very vibrant and pretty. I like those white pumpkin gourds!

  8. Christina says:

    All the blooms look in perfect condition so it is hard to accept that the plants are waning; here the heat has returned and the irrigation to the vegetable garden and cut flower beds is back on.

  9. Jim R says:

    How big Will white pumpkins grow? I like them.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Jim. These are ornamental gourds, but the seed companies now offer many white hybrid pumpkins and gourds. Aside from white, I’ve seen a nice silvery, sage green one, too.

  10. Cathy says:

    Lovely vase, Eliza – the lablabs (also unfamiliar to me) and wild asters are a gentle, pretty touch. Can you eat those pretty little gourds that your compost generously produces/

  11. Kina says:

    So pretty and the vase is beautiful. BTW: how many vases do you have?

    • Alice Pratt says:

      I was wondering the same thing this am…so many pretty ones!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Ha! Curious myself, I did a quick count… give or take one I may have missed: 117! My hutch is packed with them. Obviously, more than I need, lol! There are many I seldom use due to size constraints, too big or small. But this year, my kitchen windowsill has many more small ones to keep them away from the kitten, who is getting into more mischief the bigger she gets. Cute, but argh!

  12. Joanna says:

    So pretty and elegant! I would hardly guess it to be a September arrangement, the colors are so rich! Love the way the hyacinth beans are placed. 🙂

  13. Vicki says:

    Such a stunning array of colour.

  14. Peter Herpst says:

    I can’t believe that it’s mid September already. Time certainly does fly when one is having fun (or old like me.) Another pretty arrangement in a stunning container and the volunteer pumpkin gourds are perfect!

  15. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely, Eliza! That ‘Lillehammer’ is really stunning.

  16. Very pretty, Eliza. Well done.

  17. Jet Eliot says:

    Your arrangement certainly doesn’t look like it’s a waning season, Eliza. Gorgeous arrangement with lots of color, textures and depth; elegant vase, and really cute little white pumpkins. Thanks for bringing the many beauties of earth to us today.

  18. Cathy says:

    The blue vase itself is so pretty and you have filled it with your own lovely late bloomers – and those freebee gourds are gorgeous, so cute!

  19. gaiainaction says:

    Greetings Eliza, How very beautiful and inspiring too. I’m on the look out for new things to grow in my garden, like, more flowers for example and the dahlias seem beautiful to me, I think that I might try them.

  20. Sunshinysa says:

    Beautiful… I love them.
    I needed something for the office so got myself 3 red anthuriums. I look at it and feel ridiculously pleased every time.

  21. Lana says:


  22. Thank you for the smile. That is truly one lovely arrangement. The vase is beautiful, and the white pumpkin gourds are perfect with that dahlia. You certainly know how to start the week off right. 🙂

  23. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Your choices may be fewer, but your arrangments are still beautiful!

  24. Kris P says:

    I’m not sure which impresses me most, Eliza: your beautiful arrangement featuring the lovely white dahlia or those adorable self-seeded white pumpkins!

  25. Cathy says:

    Beautifully arranged Eliza, and such gorgeous shades of pink with lovely white highlights. The tobacco plant makes me think of a fizzling sparkler! 🙂

  26. Widdershins says:

    I love that about compost piles. They never fail to deliver. 😀

  27. rickii says:

    Things may be waning but it is not evident in your fetching arrangement.

  28. Jane Lurie says:

    A pleasing combination of colors, Eliza. Your surprise white pumpkins add nicely to the arrangement!

  29. What an eye you have for these arrangements, Eliza! Really beautiful.

  30. ladyfi says:

    So very gorgeous.

  31. Robin says:

    Your arrangements are always so beautiful that they make me gasp when I see them. In a good way, of course. 🙂

  32. Beautiful arrangement and vase and I love all the color you still have remaining in your garden. My garden planning still needs plenty of work next year and the only color I have is the little bit showing in the trees.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you! Aside from annuals like dahlias and zinnias, late summer bloomers like phlox, perovskia, asters, helenium, perennial mums and grasses carry a garden through the end of the season. Although you need to focus on deer resistant plants. 😉

  33. Love the vase, flowers and especially, the gourds.My husband jokes me (I am a gourd fiend) he knows it is fall by the gourds on our table. Lillehammer is a snowy beauty and great centerpiece, I hope the steamy breath of Florence evaporates shortly.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Amelia. A centerpiece of gourds for the table in the fall is a necessity. 🙂
      Florence gave us 3.5″ of rain and because we’re so saturated from the wet summer, it all went into the stream and river, threatening our new footbridge. Luckily, it abated with just inches to spare, close call. Hubby spent HOURS of blood, sweat and tears on that thing and it would have been BAD to lose it. Now, the clouds have moved off and it is a perfect evening!

  34. Maria says:

    Nice! And fall arrangements will be nice too. Can’t wait to see! How’s Diabla?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Ha! Thanks for asking. She is cutest when she sleeps, lol! She has learned to jump high, so now, NOTHING is safe from her, countertops, cupboards, the bookcase. My decorating style is turning minimalist as I put everything away. Might not be a bad thing to reduce my usual clutter. 😉

  35. Brian Skeys says:

    Some lovely freebies

  36. Love that display. Beautiful.

  37. bittster says:

    Wow. Those colors are perfect, the creaminess of the dahlia matches the pumpkins perfectly and I love it with the pinks and magentas!

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