Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.
I had planned all week to feature Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’ in my Monday vase, but as I walked through the garden I was tempted by other choices. At last the cosmos is in full bloom.
On the north side of the house Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ is newly blooming, but upon inspection I saw the weekend rain had damaged its first few flowers. I brought them indoors anyway to enjoy the fragrance.
Growing beside the camellia I was surprised to find so many flowers on the two passalong gardenia shrubs. They must like the rain and the cooler weather. They won me over and I collected the nicest ones for a simple table arrangement.
The container is a small green Seagrove pottery vase given to me in 2007 by a dear friend.
Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday and feel free to join in.
The gardenias look very perky, they certainly held up well in the wind and rain.
Marian, the gardenias are such a surprise. Of course, they are so fragile and started turning brown anywhere I touched the blossom. Hope your weather is calmer.
The Gardenias and the bowl look perfect Susie. I still have to try to find a Gardenia for my garden, I’m sure if I can find a relatively hardy one it should survive. The Cosmos is such a pretty colour, worth the wait but maybe Zinnias are a better option when deciding how much space to devote to each plant as they flower for so long. My first zinnias in a vase were on the 8th June and they’ve produced flowers every week since!
Wonder what would be the best gardenia for you to try? My newest gardenia cultivar I’d planted in early summer didn’t make it, but these flowers came from a passalong from my neighbor 14 years ago. No name but I love them. The two bushes are outside the main garden on the north side and look great year-round. I agree Zinnias pack a lot of punch all summer. Have a good week.
I can just imagine the scent…they look pure and perfect, and so does that lovely vase.
Thanks Noelle, the gardenias have filled the house with their fragrance.
I love your arrangement – simply stunning!
Thanks Ann. These gardenias didn’t need much help from me. I let them speak for themselves.
Lovely as usual, Susie. there is probably nothing more delightful than gardenias in the home.
Thank you John. The gardenias have been a big surprise the last month, because they didn’t do well in spring. So nice to have them.
Susie you seem to find the perfect vase and props for your flowers…this is really stunning…a perfect vase to let the gardenia show themselves off. i wish I could grow these…..you still have tons of blooms there too.
Thanks so much Donna. The little dove belonged to my husband’s father and it sits on that table all the time. I’ve always been fond of it.
Thanks Anca. The gardenias have a special quality about them.
Everything looks beautiful. The gardenias are lovely and the vase is a treasure.
Thanks for you comment today. The gardenias are among my favorite flowers so it’s a treat to get to share them.
The smooth, Brancusi-like bird sculpture is the perfect counterpoint to your pristine bouquet. Oh, for scratch-and-sniff computer screens.
I so agree Rickii
Oh I do admire Brancusi! Maybe that’s why I like the dove so much. Wonder if there is a kickstarter campaign yet for scratch and sniff computing? Have a good week!
Your arrangement is perfection! And the scent must be amazing!
Thank so much for your comment. You are right about the scent–it really is delicious.
Jandi, yes indeed the gardenias smell wonderful. Thanks for your comment today.
As the saying goes, you’re spoiled for choice this week, Susie! I was surprised the hear that your Camellia sasanqua are already blooming – of course, with our ongoing heat, it may be best if mine take their time in making an arrival. The Gardenias are absolutely gorgeous and the vase is just perfect to show them and their glossy foliage off.
Sometimes there is such a bounty when one least expects it Kris. It was nice to have the luxury of a choice this week. The camellia is just about on time. My Yuletide will come later (Thanksgiving, though–it won’t wait for Christmas!). Thanks!
Your vase is exquisite, such lovely texture and glaze, and light reflections, Susie. It is perfect for your wonderful gardenias, I love their fragrance. I’ve tried to grow them here but get cold snaps that wipe out the more tender plants. They look like a bridal bouquet from above. The dove and black base are a beautiful match for the flowers. I would love to get some Camellia sasanqua flowers this year, here’s hoping.
Thank you Hannah! The gardenias are borderline hardy here. These particular ones do better than others I have scattered around the garden. Funny you mentioned bridal as I had the same thought. I wanted gardenias for my bridal bouquet years ago but the florist convinced me they don’t hold up very well. I hope your camellia season is bounteous.
I love your too and the gardenias look fabulous in it, the scent must be divine. The cosmos are so pretty, worth the wait I’d say.
Thanks, I am so enjoying the gardenia fragrance today. I agree about the cosmos. Even thought it took a long time to bloom, I’m happy to see the flowers.
Glorious collection of flowers – I feel like I can smell those gardenias – exquisite!
Thanks so much. Glad the fragrance wafted toward your direction!
I love Cosmos … and Gardenias … and Camellias. I can’t grow the latter two, so I’ll have to enjoy them virtually through you. And, like Wild Daffodil, imagine the lovely scent. 🙂
Happy to share them with you Beth. The scent is sweet and slight lemony–actually hard to describe.
The Gardenias look lovely in your green vase, but all the other flowers you picked look great too…. glad your cosmos finally got going. I have a few more cosmos flowers coming now, despite the cold. But the foliage is looking a bit sad now!
Cathy, we’ll have to try again next year with the cosmos. I’ve enjoyed them even though they were very sparse.
Yes, I agree. Perhaps we’ll have more luck next year. I have just cut down some of mine and brought some leftovers indoors for another vase!
The Gardenias and the vase together are exquisite. They must be lovely healthy shrubs to produce so many perfect flowers.
Thank you Cath. These passalong gardenias came to me 6-inches high in a couple of yogurt cups. They’ve performed better than other named cultivars.
Gardenias outside! Wonderful! How sophisticated your posy of these gorgeous flowers looks. I bet they smell wonderful
I wouldn’t have the patience for indoor gardening, so it’s lucky I live where gardenias can be happy in the garden. (Actually we’re borderline and I’ve killed off several this year, but these passalongs are content.)
The selection of colors, shapes, even the interesting vase is such a pleasure for the eye.