In A Vase on Monday – Sunny

sunflower vaseJuly yields many wonderful composite flowers: Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), Gloriosa Daisies (Rudbeckia hirta), Calendula (C. officinalis) and Zinnias; all of which have begun to flower in earnest in my garden. Naturally, I chose my sunflower pocket vase to display them.

I love the little starry florets that make up the centers– why should the ray florets get all the attention? I used a seeded head of dill as an anchor and filler to keep the flowers in place. It’s so sunny, I can’t but smile when I look upon this one.

I’ll share another arrangement I gave to a friend this week who generously shared some of her beautiful daylily plants with me. This one I put in my Moroccan pitcher.flower arrangementIn addition to the Sunflowers and Gloriosa Daisies, there are cobalt blue Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), purple Hosta, yellow Patrinia umbels, Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota), Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus), yellow racemes of Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) Poppy seed pods (Papaver somniferum) and Brome grass (Bromus erectus).

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In A Vase on Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see arrangements made by other gardeners around the world.

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101 Responses to In A Vase on Monday – Sunny

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Oh goodness! It is Monday there already, and will be here too in two hours! Those are so summery. Gloriosa daisies look like they are from the prairies of Kansas!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Tony. Sunflowers and daisies do conjure up the long lost prairies, now mostly covered with corn and soybeans, alas. Thankfully, there are folks who are working on restoring sections of prairie close to their former glory as possible.

  2. Karen Lang says:

    So abundant! 🙂

  3. Sheree says:

    That’s a lovely summery display

  4. Anne says:

    It is good to see the sunflower vase of yours again and the Moroccan jug is lovely – not to mention the cheerful array of flowers!

  5. Steve Tanham says:

    Beautiful, Eliza 😎

  6. ladyfi says:

    How beautiful and cheery!

  7. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

  8. Val Boyko says:

    Cheerful summer displays! Make me smile.

  9. jenanita01 says:

    Sunflowers always make me smile!

  10. Robin says:

    Beautiful as always, Eliza. Very cheerful and summery. 🙂 I’m guessing my zinnias must be blooming now, too. Our sunflowers were blooming when we left so they might be finished at this point.

  11. Gorgeous yellows! Would look perfect on a porch on a hot summer day.

  12. Alice says:

    Flowers bring so much happiness. The multi-colored sunflower petals are beautiful. Both arrangements are so perfect.

  13. The vase itself really adds to the overall impression in the first view.

  14. Love these golden bouquets. The vases make them!

  15. jillslawit says:

    Loving these cheerful, sunny arrangements.🌼🌻🏵

  16. Sunny is right! Joy, joy, happy, happy!

  17. Mike Powell says:

    Bright, bold summer colors–I love the arrangements.

  18. sandyjwhite says:

    Can’t help but smile with all that glorious yellow!

  19. naturebackin says:

    Gorgeous – I especially appreciate the sunny cheerfulness on a grey and chilly day here. Thank you!

  20. Irene says:

    Ah, a perfect summer bouquet. Beautiful! 😊

  21. It’s cloudy here this Monday morning so thank you for the lovely sunshine! ❤

  22. the running wave says:

    I love both your vases but my heart is really stolen by the second one! So abundant and lovely! Amanda

  23. Cathy says:

    That sunflower pocket vase is a great asset to have for this time of year, Eliza, and you have chosen the perfect contents this week. Your second vase is just as sunny, with the sky blue contrasts – thanks for sharing them both

  24. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous,it brightens up a dull day. I love both vases.

  25. Kris P says:

    Both lovely compositions, Eliza, although my heart lies with the first one, which also inspired a great deal of envy as I continue to wait for my zinnia and sunflower blooms. I love that particular vase as well.

  26. Another sunny display! Lovely!

  27. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Wow. That first one especially shouts sunshine and summer. But love the second one too. Beautiful as always

  28. Archita says:

    Happy summer display. Beautiful

  29. Cathy says:

    Beautiful summer flowers Eliza! And your Moroccan vase is lovely too. My sunflowers are taking their time this year as rain has been lacking. Seeing your photo of Fleabane has now got me confused between Fleabane and Feverfew…. remembering names in two languages sometimes gets tricky – must look them up!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They two do look similar, but the Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) generally is 3-4′ tall and is more open and airy. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is shorter, generally 18″ and more full.

  30. Jewels says:

    SO bright and summery, just gorgeous Eliza! 🌼

  31. Very beautiful and sunny, they all made me smile! That’s what a sunflower is for…..smiles! 🌻🌻🌻

  32. Widdershins says:

    Luxurious yellows. 🙂

  33. Loving all of your Yellows.

  34. Joanne says:

    Oh my goodness, all the bright yellow tones in these arrangements make me smile too, Eliza!
    Beautiful. 🙂

  35. Beautiful flowers. I always admire your flowers but am also in awe of your vase collection. There are a lot of yellow and orange outside right now, and that’s a nice perk during this heat. Love the zinnia. I have issues growing them so I always enjoy someone else’s good luck with them. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Judy. My vase collection is rather expansive, I must admit. Every time I go to cull a few, I find I can’t. It could be worse, right? 😉

      • You know how artists showcase their paintings. I think you could have one with your vases, and the rest of us could ooh and aah. I’m serious. You have some gorgeous vases and know how to pair them up.

  36. I love your vases and sunny, cheerful flowers. You must smile every time you pass them!

  37. That bouquet and vase would brighten up even the most sun deprived day with so much radiant beauty. A masterpiece of an arrangement, Eliza!

  38. pbmgarden says:

    Eliza, your sunflower pocket vase and Moroccan vase are beautiful elements in themselves. Must have been great fun to enhance the with your sunny flowers. Beautiful vases of sunshine.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Susie. I really ought to showcase more of my vases, I tend to use the same favorites over and over out of habit. I do love the creative process involved.

  39. I love the vases you showcased in this post! And of course, the flowers in them are lovely too!

  40. Loved the slideshow, wonderful vases and all your beautiful flowers!🙂 Thanks to you I’m finally learning the names of all the flowers I photograph in other people’s gardens.😁

  41. Sunflowers are my absolute favourite 🙂 Beautiful vases.

  42. Maria says:

    Beautiful, I like the combination of all the yellows, and such large flowers make for great contrasts and details against Zinnias and other smaller flowers!

  43. bittster says:

    I love that you put the poppy and grass seed heads in there as well, very cool and very summery.
    It’s not that easy to find sunflowers with that much pollen, so many have been bred to be pollen-free and although they’re less messy I notice the sunflower bees are not impressed.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Good point, pollinators eat pollen, hello! 🙂 Most of my sunflowers self-sow, so lots of pollen and the bees and birds are all over them. Thanks, have a good weekend, Frank!

  44. susurrus says:

    These make me smile too. I especially love the picture of the Rudbeckia centre.

  45. Very summery! I love this happy arrangement!

  46. Beautiful Flowers Eliza! Great to see your colorful arrangements!

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