flower arrangementThe garden is blooming profusely with all the heat and rain we’ve had in the past week. The Astilbe chinensis var. taquettii are peaking and the Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are abundant. The Zinnias (Z. elegans ‘Cactus’) are starting to bloom and are being visited by lots of butterflies, including Monarchs, which I love seeing. Their numbers seem to be increasing slightly from their near-absence in previous years.

Also in the arrangement are Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) and Spider Flower (Cleome hassleriana), and a few sprigs of wild Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).

flower arrangementMy second vase features yellow, red and orange Cosmos (C. sulphureus), lavender-tinged Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus), white Nicotiana, blue Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) and Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea).

I’m joining other gardeners celebrating the abundance in our gardens with our host Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see their arrangements.

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68 Responses to IAVOM-Abundance

  1. Anne says:

    In the dry drabness of our winter, these blooms lighten my heart and show promise of what is to come. Lovely arrangements, all of them!

  2. Beautiful flower arrangements with LOTS of colors. Glad to hear your Monarch population is increasing. I haven’t seen that many here yet but I have seen several swallowtails. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Beautiful flower arrangements Eliza, I love them both and so happy to hear you have more monarch butterflies this year too 🙂💖🦋 xxx

  4. Karen Lang says:

    Divine 🍁🌼🍀🌼

  5. jenanita01 says:

    I have always loved those pink spikey flowers, but never knew the name… Astilbe, I think you called them…



  7. Alice says:

    Both bouquets look beautiful. Yellow cosmos reminds me of coreopsis, globe thistles are so interesting. What are those leaves in the blue vase…an ivy?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alice. Those leaves belong to a ground cover that has white, shooting-star flowers in June, but the name escapes me right now! Brain fog…bzzzz. 😉

  8. This is lovely Eliza!

  9. Such beautiful arrangements Eliza. A real pleasure to look at!

  10. Such lovely abundance. Summer, summer, summer!

  11. Jewels says:

    So gorgeous, Eliza! 😍

  12. Beautiful Flowers Eliza!!!

  13. Kris P says:

    Both color schemes are lovely, Eliza. Astilbe is yet another of the plants I’ve longed to grow but can’t (even though you occasionally find it for sale in local garden centers here in the spring). I’m quite into the orange-blue mix now – the Cosmos and Echinops make wonderful companions.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. This is the only Astilbe for sun, so maybe it would work in your part-shade? The orange cosmos are new for me this year and I’m loving them so far. They seem sturdier than the pink/white ones, that tend to flop everywhere.

  14. AmyRose🌹 says:

    How you are able to get so much color in the Summer is amazing to me, Eliza. I begin to fizzle in my gardens until my Rose of Sharon flowers and my Butterfly bush flowers does as well, which it is right now. I have my Asian Lilies in bloom and some roses and my lavender. But, I was just thinking I have to put more color in my gardens especially those special flowers like Echinacea for the Hummers and bees. Both vases are just stunning! I’ve got my “work” cut out for me. I’m coming here for inspiration and guidance. Talk to you later on the Morning Glory seeds. I’ve decided yes but I’ll email you about it. (smile)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Amy. While I have many perennials in bloom now, self-sowing annuals really add a lot to the late summer garden. I’ll make sure I save you some MG seedsand any others that may catch your eye… nicotiana, nigella, calendula, cosmos?

      • AmyRose🌹 says:

        Send them all, Eliza. THANK YOU. Do I plant these every Fall or do the seeds fall and the flowers again come up next Spring? I’m only familiar with cosmos and they did not come back for me as I had hoped. I’ll email you my addy. Really looking forward to Spring next year. I more or less took it easy with my garden this year, recovering from so many of my cat babies who left us one after the other. I’m taking care of me this year. (smile)

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Good for you, Amy. Self-nurture is very important!

  15. Catwoods says:

    All beautiful blooms, artfully arranged!

  16. Bela Johnson says:

    Nice. We don’t do so well in jungle heat, but many plants sure do love it. 😘

  17. That Astilbe is pretty spectacular and I love those Cactus Zinnias (the closest I will ever get to Dahlias, I fear) I have always love Echinops as well and the combination of plants is wonderful. Wonderfully abundant vases.

  18. Lovely vases Eliza! I wish we had some of your rain. It’s been nothing but blisteringly hot here, and everything is stressed because of it. It’s nice to see someone is getting the rain that seems to go all around us, but never on us.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cindy! I am grateful for the rain we’ve had so far. I’ve only had to water a couple times this summer, a chore I dislike. It has been so hot here as well, I can’t go out for more than a few minutes.

  19. Both arrangements are lovely. I have that same Astilbe, and this morning I watched the bees buzzing all around it. 🙂 Besides pretty flowers, you do have some of the most beautiful vases I’ve ever seen.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you kindly, Judy. I’ve been collecting vases since high school (eons ago, lol!) and have way more than I’ll ever use, but I can’t seem to give any away. Each one has its story. 😉

  20. Very beautiful arrangements and a great job photographing them too!

  21. arlingwoman says:

    These are really pleasing. I especially like the neat little bouquet in the blue vase. It’s so nice to have flowers, isn’t it?

  22. Cathy says:

    What a treat to share two vases with us, Eliza – I was just admiring the use of astilbe in the lovely pastel first one when I saw the bright and fresh second one. Completely contrasting vases, aren’t they?

  23. AlisonC says:

    What a great time of year and so good to know that the butterflies are increasing. I’m sure the other insects are too. You must be doing the right thing.

  24. What a wonderful, joyous mix of colour and texture. I imagine you could sit and gaze at them for a while, if not for the rest of the garden waiting for attention! Nice to see Cleome in a vase – I knew they belonged in the cutting garden!

  25. Robert says:

    Such beautiful arrangements. I actually like Echinacea tea! Very healthy!

  26. Cathy says:

    Lovely arrangements Eliza. Especially the first one. 🙂 Your garden must look gorgeous right now!

  27. Your first vase seems prettily nostalgic Eliza, as though from another time. The second is like a modern, multi-coloured flag – beautiful arrangements.

  28. I really like both arrangements, but Coneflowers is a favorite of mine. Makes me think of my mom. Beautiful Eliza! Something great coming out of your humidity!

  29. daisydust02 says:

    I like that blue vase,such pretty color.

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