In A Vase on Monday – Uplifting

flower arrangementIt seems that my color palette this year is trending towards bright and bold. I do have pink and white out there, but perhaps I’m unconsciously trying to uplift our spirits during this crisis through my flower choices. It works for me!

I chose my orange Blenko vase to showcase the orange and yellow Cosmos (C. sulphureus) that have come on strongly this week. I particularly love the petals that look like they are brushstroked with darker shades. A mix of similarly-colored Zinnia (Z. elegans ‘Cut and Come Again’ and ‘Aztec’) and a few Gloriosa Daisies (Rudbeckia hirta) add their own cheer to the arrangement.

White Cleome (C. hassleriana) cools the heat a bit and blue Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) and purple Angelonia (A. angustifolia) offer contrast.

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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83 Responses to In A Vase on Monday – Uplifting

  1. cindy knoke says:

    How perfectly gorgeous Eliza!

  2. Joanne says:

    Uplifting indeed! 🙂

  3. Sheree says:

    Very colourful

  4. Nathi says:

    Bright, colorful and absolutely beautiful💐

  5. Alice says:

    Perfect! You are such an amazing flower arranger!

  6. Anne says:

    These bright colours certainly uplift me at a time when our surroundings are fairly devoid of colour!

  7. Magnificent. Your choice of vase is always the icing on the cake

  8. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Your orange Blenko vase looks as if it’s smiling filled with such uplifting flowers and colours Eliza, thank you so much for sharing! 🧡

  9. jenanita01 says:

    Your flower collections always lift my spirits, Eliza… my garden is a little bereft of flowers this year, so really enjoying yours!

  10. Steve Tanham says:

    Beautiful, Eliza. You have such mastery of colour…

  11. Mission accomplished! Uplifted! Here’s to a bright happy orange week! Perfect composition from vase to flowers! 🧡☀️🤗

  12. francisashis says:

    Lovely flowers ,thanks a lot for sharing.🌹👍🙏

  13. Such rich summery color, Eliza. And I like seeing where they came from in the background. 🙂

  14. Lovely arrangement in a perfect vase. I really like White Cleome and have it on my list to find. One can never have too many beautiful flowers or so I tell myself. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Judy! I would be more than happy to harvest some seed to send you, easy to do. And any other annuals you are interested in. Give me a list! 🙂

  15. Val Boyko says:

    Works for me. Heart warming, bright and cheerful. Pinks and blues are more cool and soothing. Love this vase Eliza 💛

  16. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous! Makes me smile! And you picked the perfect vase for them too. 😃

  17. Gorgeous, Eliza!! SO enjoying the sulphurous cosmos you sent me. Next year I will definitely have more areas in my gardens with these delightful flowers. Thank you!! xo

  18. Definitely uplifting! Lovely bright flowers and vase 🙂

  19. Love all the golds and oranges! Uplifts me. Do you grow the cosmos from seed?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Ellen. Yes, I save seed from favorite-colored plants, but many self-sow on their own. I find the plant sturdier than the pink C. bipinnatus, which are prone to powdery mildew and flopping over.

  20. Works for me, too! Made me smile to your jaunty arrangement. Great way to start the day.

  21. sandyjwhite says:

    Well, this vase of good cheer will get me going for the week! Thanks, Eliza.

  22. neihtn2012 says:

    So many summer flowers! I am envious.

  23. Kris P says:

    Bright and bold is good in my view too, Eliza. Orange and blue are made for one another.

  24. Jane Lurie says:

    Love this one, Eliza. Orange is a happy color. Bold and vibrant combinations. 🧡

  25. Cathy says:

    Oh that yellow vase/bottle is just brilliant for these blooms, Eliza, and I love the addition of the white cleome

  26. bittster says:

    Beautiful, I love the vase filled with orange flowers. The whole thing glows!

  27. Love the colors and the blue pop. And the white Cleome sets it all off. I will have to say I never thought of Cleome as a cut flower until you used it. I also love that Blenko vase, I have a purple one that my mother got as a wedding gift. Art glass from West Virginia, who knew?

  28. pastpeter says:

    Your bright and bold palette is a gift to all of us in these days! Thank you Eliza.

  29. Vicki says:

    Absolutely gorgeous (and can I ask how many vases you really do have, Eliza? 😀 ).

    To be honest, I would have been just as cheered up by a vase of pink and white flowers at the moment. With it being winter Downunder and strict lockdown, I nearly bought a bunch of flowers from the stall next to the supermarket last week. I haven’t bought a bunch of flowers since I bought a camera and photographed so many back in 2010.11,12).

    How lucky you are to just go out to the garden to pick some flowers.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Vicki. Well over 100 vases, most of which don’t see much use. I tend to choose a pint size most often, along with the miniatures that line my windowsill.
      I do feel fortunate to have a big garden in which to plant to my heart’s content. 🙂

  30. Noelle M says:

    What a lovely calypso range of colours. The blooms are just perfect. Yes I feel brighter now that I have glimpsed you arrangment.

  31. pbmgarden says:

    Uplifting, yes! And creative. Love the wonderful vase that sets the color theme.

  32. That amber vase with your flower picks is a real stunner, Eliza!

  33. Love the bold colors and Cosmos!! Beautiful photo with your garden in the background of the lovely vase and stunning arrangement!

  34. Maria says:

    What warm yellows!

  35. Vibrant and happy to be alive … a beautiful arrangement!

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