In A Vase On Monday—A Starter Kit

Flowers Awaiting

Flowers Awaiting

Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Although I had gathered flowers yesterday and placed them in glasses of water to condition overnight, today started out too hectic for me to work with them any further.

I never found time to prepare a vase, but the blossoms looked eager and full of promise and it seemed a shame not to share them. So I slipped the glasses onto red wooden trays.

Here is a floral design starter kit—flowers and foliage. Just add a vase.

(Click to view the slideshow.)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)
Salvia uliginosa ‘Blue Sky’ (Bog sage)
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Herbstfreude)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust Aucuba)
Dracaena deremensis warneckii ‘Lemon Lime’
Iris leaves
Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower) seedpods

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.

31 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—A Starter Kit

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Glad you see it that way Ricki! These flowers looked so pretty lined up on my counter, but I did feel I should make some attempt at arranging them into a vase.

  1. Cathy

    This is a lovely way to show off lots of different flowers – who needs a big flouncy arrangement when you’ve got all these pretty elements to spread around the house! I sometimes just put a few flowers in a glass too, especially the cosmos now that they are finally plentiful! I love the predominant reds and pinks you chose this week.

  2. Hannah

    The pinks then reds ranging into burgundy all look fantastic on the red trays, the colors all work so well together, and the dahlias are gorgeous. I like the striped leaves, too, Susie.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Hannah. I’m enjoying the dahlias this fall. Last week someone was trimming and reshaping a Dracaena and was about to throw away those leaves, so I asked if I could have them.

  3. homeslip

    I love these colours together too. Dark red and pink always reminds me of the special strawberry teas my mum used to make during high summer when the strawberries were plentiful. This is a very good example of less is more.

  4. Cathy

    What a good idea – even if it originally was unintentional! And as we have all learned, it just goes to show yet again the pleasures to be gained from a few blooms quickly plonked in a jar or glass. Thanks for taking the time to photograph and write up your post – and hope you enjoyed your busy day!

  5. Kris P

    You have a great eye for color and form combinations, Susie, and you always make great use of foliage as an accent. Does Dracaena grow in your garden or do you have it in pots? (I have several Dracaena as indoor plants but it’s never occurred to me to use them.) I would have loved to see you work your magic with these materials. The burgundy dahlias and the Rudbeckia seedpods are wonderful.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Kris, thanks for your generous comment. No magic really and never got around to making a vase, but I had just sorted the flowers roughly by stem length and put in water to condition.

      I have a small indoor Dracaena from a floral design workshop 2 years ago, but these particular leaves were rescued from the gym after yoga class! At the gym there are plants scattered all around the building. A couple of weeks ago a man was reshaping and trimming away old leaves from a large Dracaena and tossing them away. I shamelessly asked him if I could have them. He looked totally shocked but was happy to share them. All but a couple were still in fine shape and still look good. You can manipulate them (roll, fold, cut) or just use as they are in arrangements. Give them a try.


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