In A Vase on Monday – Coneflower & Cleome

floral arrangementPurple 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. Sweet pea


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.floral arrangementEye-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.

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88 Responses to In A Vase on Monday – Coneflower & Cleome

  1. Love all the colors! What is the flower called with the long stringy centers? I love those, Eliza!

  2. Karen Lang says:

    Such a beautiful arrangement 🍀🌸🍀

  3. Joanne says:

    I love the colours in both bouquets of flowers, Eliza! I can imaging how beautiful your garden must look now during your summer.

  4. Wow. These are seriously lovely.

  5. tonytomeo says:

    Nice bright whites, especially the cleome!

  6. Anne says:

    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!

  7. sandyjwhite says:

    Masterpieces as usual, Eliza. Your arrangements inspire!

  8. Cathy says:

    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. ☀️

  9. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Both vases are beautiful Eliza and what a lovely arrangement to give to a friend! 🌺

  10. Your bouquets are always so harmonic and beautiful! xoxo

  11. Robin says:

    Oh my! I love your arrangements. They are both stunningly beautiful. ❤

  12. francisashis says:

    Love the beautiful flower images.🌹👍

  13. Jewels says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous! 😍

  14. Seeing these is such a treat!

  15. A very dramatic arrangement. And the second would make a lovely gift to brighten your friend’s day.

  16. Sunith says:

    Lovely collection

  17. Beautiful selection of flowers.Love the arrangements with the eye-popping colors!

  18. 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..?

  19. Cathy says:

    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!

  20. Maria says:

    What colors! All are nice!

  21. Kris P says:

    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.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      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!

  22. Alice says:

    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!

  23. .lily says:

    Beautiful arrangements! And one lucky friend 😊

  24. Wonderful arrangements and my eyes are always drawn to beautiful shades of purple!🙂

  25. pbmgarden says:

    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.

  26. Jane Lurie says:

    Delightful to see and to read your commentary, Eliza. 😄

  27. Noelle M says:

    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.

  28. Beautiful floral arrangements Eliza! Brightened my day!👍

  29. Beautiful flowers Eliza! Wish ours did as well this year!

  30. ladyfi says:

    Just gorgeous!

  31. 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. 🙂

  32. stunning arrangements!

  33. Beautiful colors and strong and delicate flower combination – perfect. 🙂

  34. Still beautiful flower arrangements Elisa, I like them a lot, the colors are bursting with beauty

  35. 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.

  36. I always look forward to these posts! Your arrangements are dazzling. 😊

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  38. Jet Eliot says:

    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!

  39. gaiainaction says:

    How totally beautiful Eliza, a joy to behold.

  40. Very Colouful. Thank for the picture ❤ ❤ ❤

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