In A Vase on Monday – Coneflower & Cleome

floral arrangementPurple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), white Cleome (C. hassleriana) and dark purple Angelonia (A. angustifolia) are the major players in this week’s arrangement.

Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), Love-in-Mist (Nigella damascena), Achillea ‘The Pearl’ and Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) also play a part. Sweet pea


Unfortunately, my sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) didn’t germinate well and a second sowing was nipped by some critter, so I only have a couple of plants to enjoy. But the scent still delights on the few blossoms I’ve managed to get.

A collar of Geranium macrorrhizum leaves and a few fronds of Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) finish the arrangement.

I made a small arrangement to give to a friend on Saturday, so I thought I’d show that one as well.floral arrangementEye-popping color creating contrast between bright yellow Sundrops (Oenothera fructicosa), yellow and orange Calendula (C. officinalis), purple Angelonia & Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) and blue Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus).

White Musk Mallow (Malva moschata) and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) cool things down a bit, while foliage is supplied by wild Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata) and Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis).

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

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07.12.2020 Silent Sunday-Eliza’s Cascade

What my stream looks like in the hands of a pro… thanks, Steve!

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Silent Sunday

Lettuceleaf Poppy

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Silver Spotted Skipper

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In A Vase on Monday – Sundrops

Flower arrangementSundrops (Oenothera fruticosa) are bright and beautiful in the garden right now. In a contrasting cobalt blue jug, their gold color just pops.

Bachelor buttons (Centaurea cyanus) and Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) provide additional blue. White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) are fillers.

I’m linking with Cathy’s In A Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden. Click the link to see more arrangements from gardener’s around the world.

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Silent Sunday

Katydid instar

Katydid nymph missing a left rear leg, but its mandibles work just fine

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Bromus inermis (Smooth Brome)

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In A Vase On Monday – New Dawn

flower arrangementMy ‘New Dawn’ rose is having its best year yet– a tumble of delicate pink blooms cascade down its canes, covering the arbor.


Likewise, my Carolina Lupine (Thermopsis caroliniana), is peaking this week with dozens of yellow racemes. I don’t know why this isn’t more commonly grown, as it is spectacular.


I added a stem of white Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea alba), several stems of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) for contrast, and several Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) as filler, all arranged in a bed of fragrant, white privet blooms that grow wild in our woods. While an invasive species here, the fragrance is pleasurable.

I’m linking to Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday meme at Rambling in the Garden. Click to see what other gardener’s are arranging this week.

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Silent Sunday

Rosa 'New Dawn'

Rosa ‘New Dawn’

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beetle on flower

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