Monday brings the chance to practice flower arranging by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday, where the goal is simply to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.
Having been away for a long weekend, I was not sure what I would find blooming this morning when I ventured into the garden. I had been at the beach visiting with a group of special college friends. I had a great time. We picked right up where we had left off last year, talking and laughing, reminiscing and reflecting and laughing some more.
After weeks without rain my husband reports it rained for three hours the day I left. (Perhaps I should take some more trips to offset droughts.) Unfortunately this rain came too little and too late and the garden seems tinged with melancholy as many summer plants begin to die back.
One corner filled with a North American native, Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant), is an exception. This pass-along came into flower while I was away and, although I had gathered a few other flowers intending to create a mixed vase, these strong spikes of pink tubular flowers and buds are able to stand on their own with little assistance.
I did include a tall stem of still green Autumn Joy Sedum, interesting on its own as well. A handful of Pink Muhly Grass leaves provided some extra height and loose textural contrast to balance the dense, tightly packed inflorescence of Obedient Plant.
Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’ Autumn Joy (Stonecrop)
Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhly Grass)
Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)
The vase is a beautifully crafted black and red glazed pot I bought in a silent auction at an art show in my home town a dozen or more years ago. It measures 10 inches (25.4 cm) across at its widest point and is 11 inches (28 cm) tall.