In A Vase On Monday—Red Pitcher

 

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Each Monday brings an opportunity to join in Cathy’s weekly challenge called In A Vase On Monday. The goal is to fill a vase using materials collected from the garden.

Today’s offering is a simple collection of Zinnias in hues ranging from orange, apricot, coral, and pale yellow. Three sprigs of Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ contribute foliage in dark shades of purple and red. A burgundy dahlia and an umbel-shaped floret of Autumn Joy sedum,  now aged to a rich burnt sienna color, complete the arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

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The flowers are held in a bright red Waechtersbach pitcher accented with white hearts, a gift from my mother-in-law many years ago.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Materials

Dahlia ‘Blue Bell’
Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ (Spurge)
Hylotelephium telephium ‘Herbstfreude’ (Autumn Joy)
Zinnia Cut and Come Again Mix

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Discover what delightful things she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday. Perhaps you will be inspired to share your own vase.

25 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Red Pitcher

  1. Donna@GardensEyeView

    Susie I have just been thinking about what else I can use for a vase and I have an orange pitcher and many other interesting vases or vase-type containers. With your lovely bouquet, I can now see so many possibilities. But I must plant cosmos and zinnias next year…

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Donna, I forgot to plant cosmos this year so we’ll have to remind each other next year. There are endless possibilities for containers once you start looking around.

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  2. Chloris

    Lovely autumn colours. I love the zinnias, they are definitely on my list for next year. They look so pretty in an arrangement. And I love your bright red jug.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Liz. Bet you’ll enjoy the zinnias. I kept up dead-heading the mine for a while but lately they’ve moved ahead of my efforts, so it’s getting harder to find fresh ones.

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  3. Cathy

    You have had some lovely colours in that zinnia mix, haven’t you? Are they something you can save seed from? Like my own red vase, your jug is perfect for these bright shades – and as you will have noted from reading other UK blogs today these colours really brighten up what has been the most dismal day in a very long time! I have avoided re-introducing any euphorbias to the garden but I do like the shades on this ‘Blackbird’, and the shape of the foliage too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, I always save seed from my favorite zinnia colors, put them somewhere never to be seen again, and buy a couple of new packets in spring. It works for me, but I should try harder. I have this euphorbia in a pot because I didn’t want it to take over the garden. Recently I’d been thinking I might plant it in the border–bad idea?

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      1. Cathy

        I had a few years of enjoying euphorbias until I realised they were seeding everywhere so I took them all out – and I still find seedlings after all this time! It’s probably a matter of being vigilant I suppose

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Marian. I had used the dahlia several times before so didn’t want to feature it again. Couldn’t resist sneaking one in though. It took all summer but the dahlia is producing lots of blooms now to enjoy inside and out.

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  4. Kris P

    It makes a very pretty – and autumn appropriate – display, Susie. How I wish my zinnia had turned out so well! I was very disappointed by the few zinnias that bloomed from all the seeds I sowed in spring. Various sources claimed they were drought tolerant but I guess there are different definitions of “drought” – they didn’t cut it with our miserly irrigation this year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Too bad about your zinnias Kris. I don’t think they need much water and they prefer poor soil (or so I’ve read); otherwise they get too leggy. I try not to water my garden much, but have found over the years most of my drought tolerant flowers look a lot better when we get adequate rain. They may not die in drought conditions but they don’t look great either.

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  5. Cathy

    That’s a sweet vase this week Susie – the zinnia colours and dahlia go so well with your jug, but I also immediately noticed the Euphorbia which I like very much in a vase.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I like Euphorbia in a vase too. It holds up really well. I first paired it with the dark red dahlia but knew it would be very hard to photograph so then I added the zinnias to lighten up the vase.

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  6. Elizabeth

    Love your little posy and the little red jug – those hearts are perfect. I’ve fallen in love with zinnias, so much so I’ve bought a packet of seeds so that I can attempt to grow them next year even though they have a reputation for being difficult to grow in our northern climate. And to think I would never have discovered how lovely they are without Cathy’s meme 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks very much Elizabeth. Cathy’s meme has been helpful in meeting new gardeners and learning about new flowers. I do hope you’ll enjoy growing the zinnias next summer.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Flowers can brighten a dull day like nothing else. The red color of that pitcher has been difficult to match but the multicolored zinnias seem to work ok.

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