In A Vase on Monday – Late Summer Gold

flower arrangementIn late summer, our fields are full of several types of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.), laid out like a huge buffet for pollinators. Goldenrod pollen is high in protein, just what bees need to prepare for the cold season ahead. An armful that had flopped over a path was picked to clear the trail, providing a base for today’s arrangement.

Lemon Queen

Helianthus annuus ‘Lemon Queen’

‘Lemon Queen’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are providing lots of pollen as well; they’re covered with various bee species and once the seeds develop, American Goldfinches drop from the sky to noisily devour them.

Dahlia ‘Outta Da Blue’ has proven to be a strong producer, covered with loads of buds and blooms. Providing a perfect match is Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), which is an invasive species here that I dig up when I find them, particularly along our river. I keep the blooms and when spent, put them in the trash and not the compost.

I like to keep small vases on my kitchen windowsill to enjoy while working there, so here is a little combo that appeals to me.

Feverfew, Nasturtium

Feverfew, Nasturtium

A simple combination of Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)Β and Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) ‘Alaska.’ I particularly like their variegated leaves that look like someone splattered them with white paint.

In A Vase on MondayΒ 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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87 Responses to In A Vase on Monday – Late Summer Gold

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Ah! Goldenrod! I have never met it directly before, but always wanted to because it seems that everyone else is acquainted with it. However, I never wanted to grow it because I would not want it to naturalize. THEN, I recently found that there is a native species! It is neither common nor very colorful, but it is native, so would not be a problem if it naturalized here.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It is an important native plant as it supports a large number of species, as I’m sure your local species does. Natives rock!

      • tonytomeo says:

        The species that is native here is not at all prominent, which is how I missed it, and never learned about it before. It may seem to be relatively unimportant within the ecosystem. However, there may be insects that rely on it exclusively. I really do not know; but I do know that many obscure species are like that here. Every species of Yucca relies on a specific species of yucca moth, and every species of yucca moth relies on a specific species of Yuccca.

  2. Sheree says:

    Lovely to have colourful fresh flowers in the house.

  3. cindy knoke says:

    You are a visual artist Eliza დ

  4. Anne says:

    I probably say this every week: I thoroughly enjoy your bright flower arrangements. They feed into my dreaming of a spring and summer garden – if we get rain.

  5. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Beautiful vases Eliza and I too love the Goldenrod – such an uplifting colour for late Summer πŸ’›

  6. Joanne says:

    The greens and golds are simply beautiful and match the vase perfectly! ❀

  7. jenanita01 says:

    Yellow and purple are such an unusual combination, but they work well together!

  8. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous! I completely forgot about the golden rod I intended to use this week, so lovely to see yours! I grew Lemon Queen sunflowers last year and am pleased for the reminder to add seeds to my list for next spring. The dahlia is a beauty. And your Nasturtium too. πŸ˜ƒ Have a great week Eliza!

  9. shoreacres says:

    The purple and gold of our autumn is one of my favorite combinations, and you’ve certainly combined the colors well. I saw some goldenrod in bloom yesterday for the first time, and it was such pleasure. We have at least three native species here, so every part of my world has some in bloom. I came across ‘Lemon Queen’ in another blog, and wondered if it was a cultivar of H. annuus. You’ve answered the question!

  10. Treah Pichette says:

    Such vibrant colors of late summer. Beautiful! You are also honoring the anniversary of the women’s vote with this one as their colors are purple & gold.

  11. Beautiful Arrangements Eliza! Brightened my day!

  12. That vase of goldenrod is a glorious burst of yellow. And those small vases are both sweet and jaunty.

  13. Val Boyko says:

    Lovely shares Eliza πŸ’

  14. I love those gold colors with the purple.

  15. Wow… they look so gorgeous!

  16. Goldenrod was an early floral gift from America to Britain, where people were fascinated by it.

  17. It’s frothy and dainty and then there’s the wow of the sunflowers and the lovely purple accents.

  18. sandyjwhite says:

    I really love that tiny arrangement. It packs a big punch!

  19. Cathy says:

    I love the contrast in both your vases this week, Eliza, the yellow and purply blue in the first and the orange and white in the second, both really striking in their different ways and on a different scale. Thanks for sharing

  20. rajkkhoja says:

    Nice flowers

  21. Alice says:

    A perfect combination of colors & flowers to start gliding towards Autumn. 88Β° here, right now & feels like 91Β° & high humidity

  22. Kris P says:

    Much as I enjoyed your first vase (I love ‘Lemon Queen’!), I appreciate your little kitchen windowsill arrangement even more.

    I hope the fires remain a good distance from your son’s location. The situation in NorCal is awful.

  23. I think I noticed yesterday you follow Bob Nold. Is that true?

  24. Widdershins says:

    Both very pretty, but the feverfew and nasturtium one is glorious.

  25. It’s magnificent Eliza. It makes me regret tearing all our goldenrod out of the front garden (but it had world domination tendencies, just like loosestrife). I have a kitchen windowsill vase too, but it is usually filled with broken and nibbled stalks, nothing as coordinated as your pretty combination.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Allison. I used to hate goldenrod until I learned how important it was to native pollinators. It does tend to take over (it’s allelopathic).
      My kitchen sill tends to gather all the short bits and tattered remnants of old arrangements, but occasionally, I purposely put a combo together. πŸ˜‰

  26. Jewels says:

    Lovely, lovely! Such bright, cheerful arrangements, Eliza! ❀

  27. Jane Lurie says:

    Love the Goldenrod, Eliza and it looks great with the complementary purples. And those oranges must be a vibrant touch in your kitchen. Are the sweet daisy-like flowers the Feverfew? Thanks for brightening my day with your creations. πŸ™‚

  28. πŸ‘πŸ» You still have lots of color. I must admit there’s not a lot of color outside here so I certainly am enjoying yours. We are under water restrictions so things are pretty burned up and look like the end of the season already. There are a few blooms out there, but I hate to pick them because I see the pollinators checking them out. Thanks for sharing yours. πŸ™‚

  29. Maria says:

    Great shots Eliza! The Feverfew Nasturtium is lovely. I like the top angles you used. The Dahlia is lovely too.

  30. your arrangements are extra beautiful! So artistic-did you work in this field?

  31. jillslawit says:

    Oh they are beautiful. You really are so clever at arranging.

  32. Lovely arrangements, especially enjoyed the beautiful windowsill vase and flowers!πŸ™‚

  33. The addition of purple has the effect of softening what is a harsh yellow in the goldenrod. It looks great especially in the pretty jug

  34. naturebackin says:

    The contrast between the yellow and purple is great – really striking. I love the feverfew and nasturtiums – we grow both in our veggie garden and they are so cheerful in an old-fashioned kind of way. Happily both are coming into flower now as spring approaches. (We had 4 mm of rain last night – the first rain for months and the first for this spring!)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Carol. I seem to be picking lots of yellow and orange this year. πŸ™‚
      So glad you got some rain to start the season off right. We just this afternoon had a good thunderstorm bringing a most welcome inch of rain, after weeks of extreme heat and no more than a few drops of rain. The plants were desperately dry, leaves were turning yellow and dropping a month early. This will help them enormously.

  35. Jet Eliot says:

    Your flower arranging artistry is a marvel to behold, Eliza. Cutting back flowers that flop into the path, removing invasives, and then magically bringing it all together in a stunning arrangement–it’s a gift. That dahlia is spectacular, and shows off your gardening skills. I liked reading that the goldfinches noisily eat the sunflower seeds. Also enjoyed the adorable little windowsill arrangement.

  36. What a wonderful combination of shapes and colours. Gorgeous!

  37. Laura Denise says:

    Reeeaallly love both arrangements a lot (and your accompanying words)! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜πŸ₯°β˜ΊοΈ

  38. I love seeing your arrangements … always different … always beautiful!

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  40. Once more you have shown your ability to put certain flowers together in a most enjoyable and artistic arrangement, Eliza. Gorgeous as always. I am happy to see goldenrod used as you have. So many people think it is an allergen like ragweed and don’t appreciate it as an ornamental. Their loss and our gain. πŸ™‚

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