Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), white Cleome (C. hassleriana) and dark purple Angelonia (A. angustifolia) are the major players in this week’s arrangement.
Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), Love-in-Mist (Nigella damascena), Achillea ‘The Pearl’ and Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) also play a part.
Unfortunately, my sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) didn’t germinate well and a second sowing was nipped by some critter, so I only have a couple of plants to enjoy. But the scent still delights on the few blossoms I’ve managed to get.
A collar of Geranium macrorrhizum leaves and a few fronds of Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) finish the arrangement.
I made a small arrangement to give to a friend on Saturday, so I thought I’d show that one as well.Eye-popping color creating contrast between bright yellow Sundrops (Oenothera fructicosa), yellow and orange Calendula (C. officinalis), purple Angelonia & Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) and blue Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus).
White Musk Mallow (Malva moschata) and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) cool things down a bit, while foliage is supplied by wild Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata) and Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis).
In A Vase on Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click on over to see arrangements made by gardeners around the world.
Love all the colors! What is the flower called with the long stringy centers? I love those, Eliza!
The white one? Spider flower or Cleome. They also come in pink, purple and bi-colors.
Such a beautiful arrangement 🍀🌸🍀
Thank you, Karen! ❤
I love the colours in both bouquets of flowers, Eliza! I can imaging how beautiful your garden must look now during your summer.
Thank you, Joanne! The big garden is now coming into peak, through mid-August. I look forward to it every year. ❤
Wow. These are seriously lovely.
Thank you very much, Cynthia!
Nice bright whites, especially the cleome!
It is still dark outside and the wind is howling, so these flowers are wonderfully uplifting for me. They are a delight to look at!
Thank you, Anne, so glad they’ve added some light to your day. 🙂
Masterpieces as usual, Eliza. Your arrangements inspire!
Many thanks, Sandy!
Wow, you win Eliza. You have overtaken us! My cone flowers and Cleome are only just opening! LOL! Love the first arrangement with all that wonderful colour. 😃 And the second one is summer in a bouquet. ☀️
Haha, yes, that heat wave followed by a good soaking rain caused everything to leap skyward! Thanks very much, Cathy. 🙂
Both vases are beautiful Eliza and what a lovely arrangement to give to a friend! 🌺
Thank you kindly, Xenia! 🙂
Your bouquets are always so harmonic and beautiful! xoxo
Thank you very much, Marina!
Oh my! I love your arrangements. They are both stunningly beautiful. ❤
Thank you very much, Robin! x
Love the beautiful flower images.🌹👍
Thank you, Francis!
Gorgeous, gorgeous! 😍
🙂 Many thanks! ❤
Seeing these is such a treat!
Thanks, Ellen, glad you liked them!
A very dramatic arrangement. And the second would make a lovely gift to brighten your friend’s day.
Thank you, Andrea. 🙂
Thank you, Sunith!
Nice, nice and nice. Love these, the garden must be beautiful now. How long do the Cleome last, I didn’t know you could cut them..?
Thank you, Amy. The big garden is coming into peak– so exciting– it will be full of color and hopefully, butterflies. Cleome lasts well in a vase, but sheds petals/stamens as it ages. Most vases have to be redone every other day anyway, so tidying up isn’t a big deal.
Ohh, looking forward to peak photography and butterflies. I am not sure if Cleome will grow here, though I love it….always maintenance.
🙂 Cleome probably won’t like humid summer conditions, but it might do well if planted in the fall. I’ll try to remember to send you some seed to try. Pink, purple or white or a mix?
Ohh. Mix see if anyone lives❤️😀 thanks.
🙂 Nothing to lose!
Oh that cleome is gorgeous, and especially so in white – it definitely forms the centrepiece of your arrangement, pulling everything else together…lovely! And what a lovely posy for your friend to receive – they will have been delighted, I am sure!
Thank you kindly, Cathy.
What colors! All are nice!
The two arrangements are such different colors, both beautiful. Summer in your part of the country is bountiful, whereas I think of summer here as our most subdued season. That you have sweet peas and coneflowers blooming at the same time and in summer to boot astounds me. Some kind of critter nipped my sweet peas back in late winter here as well, affecting output – I blamed the birds but I wasn’t ever able to confirm the source of the problem one way or another.
Thank you, Kris! The annual garden here has about 3 months to do its thing, so lots get packed into that time.
I suspect a chipmunk nipped my sweet peas, as they have been ridiculously abundant this year, driving the dog nuts!
A beautiful frosty vase & above that such gorgeous flowers! I also have purple Angelonia & sweet pink ‘Clio’ Cleome, such beautiful flowers! You work hard to be able to have such beautiful flowers. What a reward!
Thank you, Alice! I plant lots so I can play with the flowers like this – one can never have too many vases around. 🙂
Beautiful arrangements! And one lucky friend 😊
Thank you, Lily!
Wonderful arrangements and my eyes are always drawn to beautiful shades of purple!🙂
Thank you, Susan!
Your friend must have been delighted with that colorful concoction. I love the use of cleome in that first vase. I have pink but the flowers vary considerably and today I noticed quite a few white petals. Glad the critters left you some sweet peas to enjoy. Take care.
Thank you, Susie. One can never have enough flowers!
Delightful to see and to read your commentary, Eliza. 😄
🙂 Thanks, Jane! ❤
The white cleome is stunning and works drama into the arrangement. You have such skill both as a gardener and flower arranger, such a pleasure to view your creations.
Thank you very much, Noelle!
Beautiful floral arrangements Eliza! Brightened my day!👍
Glad to know that – thanks, Reed!
Beautiful flowers Eliza! Wish ours did as well this year!
Thank you, Reed. It has been a challenge with the heat and lack of dependable rain this year.
Thank you, Fi!
As much as I admire your gardens and the beautiful plantings, your creations of bouquets are marvelous and lovely and take that beauty a step higher. And I really like that second one. 🙂
Thank you for your kind comment, Steve. 🙂
Thank you very much!
Beautiful colors and strong and delicate flower combination – perfect. 🙂
Thank you, Judy!
Still beautiful flower arrangements Elisa, I like them a lot, the colors are bursting with beauty
The math teacher in me resists the common name coneflower because the center of the flower head isn’t a cone. Cones taper uniformly to a sharp point, and coneflowers don’t do that.
Ha, you’re right there. Why don’t we call black-eyed-Susan coneflowers? They definitely are more conical. 🙂 You are clearly left-brained, Steve, math and engineering oriented. 🙂
Even black-eyed Susans don’t come to enough of a point for me to be happy calling them coneflowers. Just call me a conehead.
It suddenly dawned on me that maybe the name coneflower came from the resemblance in color and approximate shape to a pine cone. I checked the origin of cone and found it’s from Greek konos, whose meanings included ‘cone, spinning top, pine cone.’
You may well be right!
I always look forward to these posts! Your arrangements are dazzling. 😊
Thank you very much, Belinda! ❤
Oh how I love seeing your artful arrangements, Eliza. I really appreciate you taking the time to label each flower, and both with the common and Latin name. I espec. like that top bouquet, the textures are glorious. Love the downward look of the coneflower with the upward sweeps of the greens. And that cleome with its spidery reaches in bright white really adds the final flair. Many thanks!
Thank you so much, Jet. You always leave the kindest comments! ❤
How totally beautiful Eliza, a joy to behold.
Thank you, Agnes!
Very Colouful. Thank for the picture ❤ ❤ ❤