These flowers were picked on our CSA farm as part of our weekly harvest share. I love the bold red Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), yellow Statice (Limonium sinuatum) and the bicolor Zinnia (Z. elegans ‘Aztec’) that picks up the other two colors.
Although my red Beebalm (Monarda didyma) is just about finished, I picked a few remaining late blooms to put into a red bud vase along with Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) and Queen Ann’s Lace (Daucus carota). A few sprigs of Oregano flowers (Origanum vulgare) and red-tipped foliage of Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) finishes the arrangement.
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.
Gorgeous (and makes a very attractive image having your armchair in the background complimenting the colours too) 🙂
Thank you, Vicki!
Beautiful arrangements as always, Eliza!
Snapdragons in particular are one of my favourites in a vase. 🙂
Thank you, Joanne! These were such a lovely shade of red.
Beautiful vases Eliza, I especially love the snapdragons too 💛
Thank you kindly, Xenia!
More stunning collections, Eliza… I love snapdragons!
Thank you, Anita. Snaps come in so many beautiful colors and last well in a vase. What is not to love? ❤ 🙂
Lovely bold colour scheme. Makes me think of Autumn. We are seeing the berries in the hedgerows now, a time of plenty. Could do with some autumn weather too – way too hot here!
Thank you, Maryjane. While it has been a hot summer so far, I’m not in a hurry for fall. Short days aren’t as nice as long sunny ones!
Those bicoloured zinnias are pretty – I have not seen any here. I am not sure why, but our local supermarket only has vegetable seeds for sale at the moment – not a flower seed to be seen. I must pay our nursery a visit to see if I can find some similar to these.
I find this variety is tougher and more compact than the common Z. elegans. While I grow both, I really like the ease of Z. angustifolia. Hope you can find them.
Such a lovely arrangement with the red hues.
Thank you very much!
Perfect bouquet for Monday morning! Happy Monday and new week, Eliza! 🙂 xoxo
Many thanks, Marina!
I thought the same as Vicki – the background pattern works so beautifully with the flowers. The zinnia has a lovely, antique character.
Thank you, Susan. Much appreciated!
My neighbour is growing those Zinnias this year – they’re so spectacular en masse! Love your bee balm and loosestrife – two of my faves.
Thank you, Chris! I’m thinking of getting a packet of Aztec for next year. Although, it might be interesting to collect seed from the farm and see what grows. 🙂
Bright cheering bursts!
Yes, like little fireworks! 🙂
The reds are stunning, Eliza, and I love the way you arranged the reds with yellows and whites. Just gorgeous!! xo
Thank you very much, Amy! 🙂
I love the reds and especially the Queen Ann’s Lace, as it does not grow here.
Thank you, I guess QAL needs a cool period of dormancy. It is such a weed here, the roadsides are full of them. Quite lovely to see.
Beautiful reds. It is such a nice period for flowers…(Suzanne)
Thank you, Suzanne. I’m savoring these warm days in the garden… we know they don’t last!
Love these reds! I’ve never seen a bicolor zinnia— pretty!
Thank you, Ellen. They’ve been introducing quite a few new hybrids lately. ‘Aztec’ is a fairly new bicolor series, quite striking.
I am surprised how beautifully those two colours go Eliza, and I really like the lemony statice – I have never seen one that colour before! The Bee balm is pretty, especially in this striking shade. Maybe I will try growing it again one day. 😃
Thank you, Cathy. My patch of red bee balm is in a field off by itself and has grown to about 20′ across. The hummingbirds love it!
Love the red and yellow together!
Thank you, Sandy. These flowers seemed made for each other. 🙂
Yes, a perfect pairing.
Love your ‘reds’, Eliza, my favorite color!
🙂 Thank you, Donna!
Both arrangements are great but I LOVE the first one. That Zinnia makes the arrangement for me. In the past I’ve tended to steer clear of strong red flowers but I’ve found myself attracted to them more and more with each passing year working in my current garden. I was almost shocked to realize that I’d somehow ordered tubers of 4 red-learning dahlias this year.
Thank you, Kris. I think our tastes get bolder as we age. Why the heck not make a splash? 😉
Especially love the zinnias. Beautiful little arrangement.
Thank you, Susie!
What is a CSA farm please, Eliza? I love your first vase and the way the bicoloured zinnia reflects the red antirrhinum and the yellow statice (must look out for the latter for next year). The monarda in your second vase looks stunning too!
Thank you, Cathy. CSA stands for Community Sustained Agriculture. One pays the farm an annual fee to get a share in the harvest. It is steady, guaranteed income for them and the risk is assumed by all. Ours is horse-powered, all-organic and I’m thrilled they are located only a couple miles away. Lovely people, too.
What an exciting concept! So what harvest would you expect over the year?
The season runs from June 1 to Nov 1. Harvests are picked and washed for us to choose what we want (we have two bag sizes, reg. or large, to fill). It starts slowly with spring greens, scallions and radishes and moves through to lettuce, herbs, mesclun, summer squash, beans, tomatoes before finishing with winter squash, potatoes, beets, onions, garlic and my favorite- frosted kale and parsnips. There are certain crops like beans, berries and flowers that are U-pick in the fields.
The social aspect is a big part of it too as most folks are isolating now, so even masked, it is good to see folks.
That is such a brilliant scheme – is it common in your part if the US? And would it he intrusive to ask what sort of price people would pay for their share?
Yes, it is pretty common in our area since starting about 15 years ago. Many more small farms are doing it as a way to help them stay in business. I’ve heard of flower shares, herbs– fresh and dried teas, medicinals and even dairy farms with milk and cheese. I love supporting our local farms – not only is it fresher, keeps $ in the community, but has a more sustainable carbon footprint.
Our share costs about $USD25/week (paid up front in spring) with a larger share available costing 30% more.
A idea that works well for everyone.
That’s so interesting, Eliza – thanks for taking the time to explain it for me
Bold and beautiful, Eliza. Love those reds and yellows together. You have such a great eye. 🙂
Thank you, Jane. Coming from you (the best eye I know), that is a fine compliment! ❤
You’re so sweet, thanks- you inspire me with your love of nature and your ability to showcase it. 😍
❤ Thanks much.
Love those bright reds, so striking
Thank you, Karina!
Great color choices, Eliza!
Thank you, Pete!
Beautiful arrangements Eliza! Brightened my day!
Thank you, Reed!
Love those colors together. A very beautiful arrangement Eliza. I have never seen a Zinnia in those shades, lovely.
Thank you, Carol!
Lovely vibrant reds Eliza, I’ll bet these arrangements really draw the eye.
Thank you, Andrea. I seem to be drawn to bold colours this year. 🙂
Thank you, Loree!
Love the colors and, of course, the vases are as pretty as the flowers. 🙂
Thank you, Judy!
I always enjoy seeing the vases you choose to complement your beautiful arrangements.
Thank you, Belinda. The house is full of them– I can’t seem to stop myself!
Exemplary snaps! The zinnias look like marigolds.
Thank you, Tony!
You are welcome.
Lovely – the blue vase works so well with the first arrangement and the colours of the flowers complement each other and they pick up on the colour of the furniture fabric so beautifully as others have also mentioned.
Thank you, Carol. It was a good match. 🙂
Loved how you composed the flowers and shot in the main photo!🙂 The reds are stunning and zinnias are a favorite.🙂
Thank you, Susan! 🙂
The flowers and your always lovely arrangement are the attention getters here and rightly so. But as a furniture guy I couldn’t help but notice the nice chair fabric in the background of the first picture. 🙂
🙂 Thanks, Steve. I do love that fabric!
Love the Beebalm vase and the red snaps..seems so late for Snaps to me, cool season annual here. Funny everyone loves your chair fabric!
Thanks, Amy. I love that old-fashioned chintz fabric – guess many people do! 😉
Wonderful garden. Amazing Flowers.
The ‘CSA’ bouquet is lovely, as is your Beebalm vase. (Late response…no email access since Sunday pm, had to reset password..now catching up)
Thank you, Alice. Glad you got that straightened out… was it your router?
I like the harmonious backgrounds, the Zinnias are gorgeous.
Thank you, Maria. 🙂
Gorgeous! Love the doily and vintage looking fabric in the first arrangement photo. Love those zinnias too!
Thank you, Denise!