Morning Sun

sunflower vase

Sunflower Vase

It’s time to use my sunflower pocket vase, filled with assorted sunflowers, of course!sunflowerA look at my main garden below with its sunflower ‘trees.’ It always amazes me how fast these grow from tiny seeds to more than 10 feet tall.

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112 Responses to Morning Sun

  1. What a beautiful mixture of flowers and vase Eliza! They are perfect for each other.
    Do your gardens get a lot of sunlight with the trees so close behind them?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cindy! The garden faces south, so it gets good sun. The tree to the right of the garden has grown very tall and shades the perennial side until mid-to-late morning. I’m going to have to move some shade lovers in there at some point as the crocosmias are really stretching.

  2. So inspiring! Thank you Eliza

  3. pastpeter says:

    Love your vase, perfect for the flowers! Your main garden looks good and colorful, despite all the hot weather!

  4. Anne says:

    This is really beautiful. Apart from the vase, I like the variety of colours of the sunflowers. Oh you are making me look forward to spring!

  5. I love the majestic sunflower…..and that little pocket vase!! πŸ™‚

  6. Cathy says:

    Wonderful! The dark red one is especially lovely. Is it perhaps Earth Walker? Good to see your vase again as well Eliza!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy! I planted several varieties, that one may be ‘Red Sun’ …there was a mixed packet as well that might have ‘Cherokee’ in it. The yellow is ‘Lemon Queen.’

  7. Okay, Eliza, this made me smile and chuckle. What a vase! This would get a blue ribbon in my book. Your gardens are looking lush and lovely. πŸ™‚

  8. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Wow those are tall!! (and beautiful)

  9. Cathy says:

    Oh that ‘pocket vase’ is a thing of beauty in itself, so adding sunflowers to it is the icing on the cake – delightful, Eliza!

  10. Alice says:

    Perfectly gorgeous! A neighbor gave me 4 Ms Mars Sunflowers…he grew them from seed…so pretty & reddish. I’m watering their plants for a few weeks…they have some huge Sunflowers…at least 10′ & gigantic heads with seeds. Impressive.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alice!
      ‘Russian Giant’ are the biggest sunflowers at 12-14′. Those are the ones you see at the fairs – absolutely huge! I think even these are too big for my garden. 6′ would be better. But I do love the Lemon Queens at the back. πŸ™‚

  11. stevetanham says:

    That’s such a gift for colour and pattern, Eliza!

  12. Your gardens look gorgeous!! wish I was there. And I love the vase, nothing is more cheering than a vase of Sunflowers. Happy Monday.

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Well, isn’t that just perfection in a vase. So lovely.

  14. Kris P says:

    Wowzers! I love that vase all by itself but it couldn’t be more perfect with those fabulous sunflowers. Mine are still under 3 feet tall and I doubt they’ll get anywhere near as stately as those in your garden.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. πŸ™‚ Aren’t those ‘trees’ incredible? The one on the right’s ‘trunk’ is 3″ in diameter at the base. I’m going to need a pruning saw to cut it down!

  15. Mel says:

    These are beautiful! I love sunflowers πŸ™‚ Having a little bit of garden envy too….

  16. Treah Pichette says:

    The epitome of summer!

  17. Vicki says:

    How lucky to have such a perfect vase for your sunflowers.

    Dare I ask whether you bought the vase for your sunflowers? Or did you buy sunflower seeds to grow to use in the vase? Being a pocket vase means you can have the flowers with short stems and arrange them so beautifully and tightly so they don’t fall over?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Vicki. The vase was a gift from my spouse and though I use it largely for sunflowers, I have used it for other flowers, usually late summer because of its autumnal hues. ‘Pocket’ refers to the slatted oval opening and overall shape of the vase, which mimics a pocket. I do have to cut the stems short and pick smaller secondary blooms to fit this vase, and if I criss-cross the stems, they tend to stay put.

  18. cindy knoke says:

    Beauteousness Eliza & I love the talavera too!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cindy! I had to look up ‘Talavera’. πŸ˜‰ Actually, you were close, this is an Artesa vase out of Ecuador. Their hand painted pottery is quite lovely, I have several pieces, vases and bowls mostly.

  19. arlingwoman says:

    I love the vase, and have always wondered what I would do with one of those. Now I know!! That one is extraordinary. Your garden looks so lovely! Mine needs watering daily at this point with the heat and the new plants and the lack of rain.

  20. Very Nice Eliza! Beautiful Flowers!

  21. That’s a perfect pot for those sunflowers! I’m also amazed (dazzled would be the word) at the growth rate of sunflowers. And wild grape vines. And corn. And bindweed….

  22. The flowers and vase are a perfect match, lovely!

  23. Wonderful! Looks as though you could indeed call forth the God of the sun with that vase and flowers.

  24. Jewels says:

    A vase full of pure sunshine! 😍🌻🌞

  25. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    What a glorious vase Eliza, it looks especially made for these lovely flowers πŸ™‚πŸ’–πŸŒ» xxx

  26. jenanita01 says:

    On an extremely rainy morning, this vase full of such glorious colour is one huge WOW!

  27. Your vase is so cute:)

  28. Beauty and perfection everywhere this week with the fabulous combination of the sunflowers with your wonderful vase and your beautiful gardens!πŸ™‚

  29. Beautiful Eliza! Flowers are a wonderful & natural way to shift from pain to peace and from stress to strength. You have a magic gift to uplift! Andrea :-))

  30. dawnbirdau says:

    I love that vase, Eliza! You must have a pretty cool collection by now. Sunflowers are my daughter’s favourite flowers. I love them too. Happy flowers!

  31. Maria says:

    They are fast growers indeed! What colors!

  32. Beautiful Eliza! You could not have used a more perfect vase for this very happy arrangement!

  33. Jen says:

    The gardens are beautiful, but oh my, that vase!!!!

  34. Alex says:

    How fitting, looks great. πŸ™‚

  35. something magical about sunflowers. a flower for the young and old.

  36. SunnyD says:

    Sun flowers are some of my favorite flowers. Such happy little pieces of nature. πŸ€—

  37. Robin says:

    Summer in a vase. Wonderful! I love that vase, too. πŸ™‚

  38. So vibrant Eliza, this really is a vase of sunshine!

  39. naturebackin says:

    Beautiful and cheering, and as others have already said, such a perfect vase. Your garden looks good too with a lovely variety of plants πŸ™‚

  40. Very colorful and beautiful!!

  41. I love that pocket. The Earthwalker(?) type of sunflower ties the whole thing together.

  42. What a lovely garden Eliza. I cant believe how big your sunflowers are. We planted some but they hardly grew at all.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alison. I find these sunny giants amazing that they grow so tall in a few short months. I think like corn they must be heavy feeders. Maybe get some manure for next years bed?

  43. That vase is gorgeous! Just like your incredible garden. I imagine how peaceful a walk through your garden would be. Thank you for sharing ❀️

  44. Wonderful photographs. Keep up the great work.

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