In A Vase on Monday – Sharing the Love

ikebanaI’m featuring a simple arrangement in my little Ikebana vase that was a gift from my son and his partner. Representing ‘heaven and earth with man in the middle,’ are Mealycup Sage (Salvia farincea), Cigar Flowerย (Cuphea ignea ‘Vermillionaire’) and Sunflower (Helianthus annuus).

cut flowers

Ready for arranging

On Friday, I co-hosted with my yoga instructor the last of three socially-distanced ‘Yoga in the Garden’ classes entitled “Creative Flower Arranging.’ DSC_0004After a wonderful, relaxing yoga session that focused on our second chakra governing Creativity, I led the group in a mini-floral design class. It was a lot of fun and everyone got to take home their own arrangement.

flower arrangers

Masked, socially-distanced, flower arrangers!

In A Vase on Mondayย 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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100 Responses to In A Vase on Monday – Sharing the Love

  1. francisashis says:

    Beautiful flowers and great arrangements.Thanks for sharing .Take care.๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™

  2. AGE says:

    I love the flowers ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Anne says:

    How I laughed at myself; your first photograph illustrates a ‘simple’ arrangement. Beautiful as that is, I thought at first that your second was a more complicated one featuring bouquets of flowers spilling over a wooden fence. How do you get them to stick like that? THEN I looked at the caption: a beautiful choice of flowers all ready for the yoga class!

  4. What a blissful Yoga time, spent in your peaceful garden and creating beauty together. What an uplifting post.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Sandra. It was a wonderful time, uplifting our spirits during these crazy times. I’m looking forward to the day when we can meet again without worrying about C!

  5. Karen Lang says:

    Such a creative idea Eliza ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒˆ

  6. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    I love your ‘heaven and earth with man in the middle’ flower arrangement with the chakra colours Eliza and your yoga in the garden followed by arranging flowers sounds like such a wonderful combination too! ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒป

  7. Sheree says:

    What a wonderful idea

  8. jenanita01 says:

    What a wonderful idea, I wish I had been there!

  9. It looks like everyone had an awful lot of fun and your Ikebana is lovely. Is is a perennial Salvia?

  10. Love your arrangement, and I can only imagine how much fun it was to gather with friends for two of your favorite past times.

  11. Joanne says:

    How creative – not only the flower arranging but the socially distanced classes. What a fabulous idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Joanne. We have really missed our weekly classes, so this was a way to still meet within the recommended guidelines. Once the weather cools, we won’t be able to be outside, so we’re enjoying it while we can.

  12. Beautiful, Eliza! Good to see people doing yoga. YAY!! xo

  13. That first arrangement is very elegant. And what fun to have flower arranging AND yoga in the park. We humans are nothing if not resourceful. Gives me hope.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Laurie. This was in my back yard under our old oak tree, which I now appreciate even more for its sheltering boughs during the recent hot weather.

  14. Your backyard! Wowsah!

  15. Your arrangement is one that I think I could manage and I have all the same (similar) flowers. That was a great idea for a yoga class. I always felt yoga and nature went together well.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank youโ€“ outdoor yoga is wonderful, as you can really connect and ground to earth (we gardeners feel this all the time ๐Ÿ™‚ ). A subtle relaxation similar to Japanese forest-bathing adds much.

  16. Alice says:

    A unique and bonding experience: exercising, flower arranging, caring & sharing. The pottery Ikebana vase is pretty.

  17. What a beautiful way to relax and have fun at this time!

  18. Cathy says:

    What a lovely time you and the others must have had, channelling your creativity. And of course your simple ikebana arrangement is not as simple as one might think, but perfectly constructed. Thanks for sharing your creativity, Eliza

  19. Valencia Aguiar says:

    This made me smile!

  20. Oh that’s simply fabulous!!!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Loree. It was a lot of funโ€“ the first two classes were on herb gardening and pollinator gardening. Most signed up for all three, very gratifying.

  21. Beautiful initiatives, with the yoga and the flower class. We all need that kind of positivity.

  22. krispeterson100 says:

    Very cool, Eliza! I bet everyone had a great time.

  23. pbmgarden says:

    Nice Ikebana. Love your creative yoga/flower arranging class.

  24. naturebackin says:

    Lovely cheering flowers, and what a nice work around in these Covid times. Enjoy the rest of the outdoorsy summer weather. Here in SA, by contrast, we are having another cold week across the country with snow on the mountains.

  25. Lovely gift from your son and beautiful selection and photo of the flowers awaiting the wonderful combination of creativity and outdoor yoga!๐Ÿ™‚

  26. A lovely arrangement and a wonderful idea!

  27. Hello Eliza
    I am always a fan of your floral arrangements; on the other hand yoga, it’s not at all my thing and no question of making me do it

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I always say if you don’t like yoga, you haven’t found a good teacher. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I find it relaxing and works all muscles for a complete work out. It is great for those who garden, esp. seniors. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a good week!

  28. Once again a lovely arrangement and how nice that you and your friends found a way to get together, practice yoga, and do some creative flower arranging. Sweet!

  29. Cathy says:

    A beautiful arrangement Eliza. And all those flowers you picked for the yoga ladies are wonderful too! Glad you could have some fun. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. It was great fun – I hope to do one more before the cold weather sets in. I just have to figure a theme… any ideas? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Cathy says:

        How about a Japanese theme, with ikebana arrangements? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I read an article some time ago about how special yoga classes helped people evacuated from the area hit by the terrible tsunami and resulting nuclear power station catastrophe. It relieved anxiety and strengthened ties with their fellow beings as well as helping them to get back in touch with nature.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I thought about ikebana, but not right after last week’s class. Maybe in another month… I was thinking about forest bathing… Thanks for the feedback, Cathy, if you have any more ideas, I’d love to hear them. x

  30. Jewels says:

    I love this Eliza! Wish I could have come! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  31. What a fun way to be creative, Eliza! And good for you too! ๐Ÿค—

  32. What a wonderful way to share your garden! Love this idea and your overhead shot too!

  33. Val Boyko says:

    How lovely!! What a great idea to combine yoga with flower arranging. Smiling … maybe yoga followed by weeding would work in my garden. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Love, love, love this! Cheers to you and your teacher.

  35. shoreacres says:

    My goodness. We certainly live in different worlds. I can’t even imagine a day of flower arranging and yoga — what luxury! I especially liked the photo of the flowers ready for arranging, although I, too, wondered for a minute how you got them all to stick on the wall!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, this is what we come up with when we have to social distance… we just find bigger spaces! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was hardly ‘a day of arranging,’ about 1.5 hours, not much longer than a regular class. However, the prep the day before took twice that amount of time. Do you have access to exercise classes where you live?
      When I was collecting the flowers for arranging, I set them on the steps to the deck and when I saw them from above, I thought it would make an nice photo. I didn’t even see the ‘optical illusion.’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. Robin says:

    Your arrangement is wonderful, as always. I would love to take a yoga and flower arrangement class with you. โค

  37. Adele Brand says:

    What a blaze of bright colours!

  38. Brenda says:

    Yoga and flower arranging? Brilliant!

  39. what a lovely day-your arrangements are beautiful.

  40. Maria says:

    I like the homage to all the gardeners and the top-down view of the flowers. We need more of those moments I suppose with these times.

  41. ladyfi says:

    Such fun! And what beautiful flower arrangements.

  42. Laura Denise says:

    How wonderful! ๐Ÿ’•

  43. Hi Eliza! Yoga in the garden is a nice idea. I am doing Zoom yoga with my teacher three days a week. I really look forward to it. Best regards, Pam

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