In A Vase On Monday—Classic Round

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Once again I am joining Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly opportunity to fill and share a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.

There is so much Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ blooming I planned today to feature a simple tall vase filled with its white bell-shaped flowers. But as I walked around the garden early this morning I found many choices companions and soon Monday’s vase became a mix of colorful late spring offerings.

Instead of just white today, hues range from blue-lavender Verbena bonariensis to dark purple rose of Alstroemeria and various pinks of Echinacea, Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait,’ Everlasting Sweet Pea and Gaura. Spicing up the colors are Appleblossom yarrow with its clusters of soft yellow and peach and Asclepias tuberosa with its distinctive orange aura.

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Beardtongue). Achillea x 'Appleblossom' (Yarrow)

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue). Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow)

Achillea x 'Appleblossom' (Yarrow) and Alstroemeria x 'Tesmach' (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)

Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow) and Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)

Achillea x 'Appleblossom' (Yarrow), Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena) and Alstroemeria x 'Tesmach' (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)

Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow), Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena) and Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant), Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena), Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm), Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant), Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena), Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm), Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Blush' (Butterfly Gaura), Alstroemeria x 'Tesmach' (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily), Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Beardtongue), Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura), Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily), Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue), Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)

Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Pink Parfait Peony)

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

For this week’s container I fixed floral foam onto a 6-inch shallow plastic dish. Once the design was completed the shallow dish was placed atop a creamy ceramic urn.  My goal was to arrange the materials as a classic round design. There are a few oddities, but I like its formality and cheerful color.

For viewing the vase in different positions, clicking on an image will start a slideshow.

Materials
Flowers
Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow)
Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting or Perennial Sweet Pea)
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

Foliage
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)
Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)
Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting this fun Monday diversion. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

38 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Classic Round

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  2. bittster

    Beautiful selection. The splash of orange fits in nicely and I wouldn’t have thought of that.
    I guess there is still plenty to pick from in the garden!

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  3. Stephi

    Stunning, so natural looking. I love all the interesting colors. Even more impressive that all those flowers are blooming in your garden right now.

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  4. Cathy

    Despite the addition of the bright asclepia everything looks really balanced – in both colour and shape – as if the achillea acts as the bridge between the pink and the orange. You are so good with your shapes, Susie! Is the ‘Husker Red’ penstemon actually white, or have I missed something?! Thanks for joining in, always lovely to see your vases 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Cathy. Husker Red has white flowers, some of them may have a pinkish blush. The red comes in with the leaves and stems which are maroon. Mine reseeds heavily and some of those plants start out with green stems. I chose it for use in the meditation circle because it is deer-resistant and tolerates clay soil and drought.

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  5. Cathy

    Wow, stunning! I love the hints of orange mixed in with pinks and blues… That pale cone flower is especially lovely. Wonderful photography too! 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Cathy, I spent so much more time trying to photograph the flowers yesterday than I did making the arrangement, I didn’t get much else done. I need to learn to let go!

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  6. Christina

    Orange and pink sounds shocking but in your arrangement it works perfectly. I admire your skill in creating this round form, not as easy as might be thought. Also appreciate that you explained the technicalities of putting the vase together.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Christina and thank you. The round form is something I keep attempting and its always a challenge. I tend to use too many flowers and not give the blooms enough space. I’ve been noticing the asclepias starting to open and was determined to fit it in. Fortunately the echinacea cones are orange and the other colored flowers seemed not to mind having a brash companion.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi. Thanks for the kind words. The weather certainly feels like summer has arrived and the garden definitely is transitioning that way.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Jason. This is my first year growing Alstoemeria. It’s fun to have it on hand for arrangements. Echinacea centers are so orange anyway, I figured Asclepias should be right at home.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, it was fun to work with such colorful mixed flowers this week. The last several weeks I had limited myself to a pink palette.

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      1. woodlandgnome

        You have such a lovely range of colors this week…. and I would guess for the rest of the summer 😉 I love the rainbow of colors which just erupts in the garden this time of year 😉

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