Monday brings the chance to share cut flowers from the garden by joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday. And today Cathy is celebrating the second anniversary of creating and sharing arrangements each Monday. Congratulations Cathy and thanks as well!
This past week was wet, but unseasonably warm, so I was surprised at how chilly it was Sunday afternoon when I went out to the garden to gather flowers. Despite the rain chrysanthemums and camellias looked pristine.
There were no fresh gardenias this week, instead an unexpected Iceberg rose was blooming.
Other usable odds and ends were scattered about, the last floral traces of summer: lantana, salvia, cosmos, coneflower, and zinnia. Aloft in a silver goblet the flowers mix and meld, a colorful composite of pink, yellow, blue, lavender, orange.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Lantana camara (Common lantana)
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Salvia uliginosa ‘Blue Sky’ (Bog sage)
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.
Your pretty vase could be in the middle of summer apart from the Chrysanthemum. Clever use of the goblet, I must look for a goblet or pedestal urn, it really shows your pretty blooms off to perfection.
Hi Christina, so true. Not many autumnal-looking flowers in my garden right now. I was counting on dahlias for heavier, richer colors, but they stopped blooming. Glad you like the goblet. It is one of six my oldest sister sent me when she was living in Europe back in the late seventies. It is marked Toledo.
I love the shots of your goblet from above. And yes, that looks like a summer bouquet rather than November. My garden is about to go to bed and has nothing so summery left.
It’s hard to say good-bye to summer, isn’t it Linda? I like viewing my arrangements from overhead–often that’s my favorite view.
Not at all autumnal…I am sure we shall remember this year. Your flower arrangement in your goblet works beautifully.
Thanks Noelle. Glad I tried the goblet this week.
I don’t know how you have put this one together…I can’t get out in the garden because of all the rain. It looks like umbrella time yet again.
I understand John. It’s pouring here today also. Fortunately I gathered these flowers yesterday.
And you have been supporting the meme virtually from the start, Susie, so a big thank you to you too. You have crammed so many beautiful blooms into your goblet – you wouldn’t have thought they had previously been scattered all over your garden as they look as if they belong together. Mild and damp here too – but not too wet for getting out and about
Glad I gathered flowers yesterday Cathy. Raining those “cats and dogs” today.
It’s a mark of your talent as an arranger, Susie, that you can create such a wonderful vase using such a diverse collection of flowers and colors. Well done!
So kind of you Kris! It’s going to be a challenge for the next couple of months to show such variety.
Wonderful melange of flowers that you probably wouldn’t have thought to put together in times of plenty, yet they inhabit the silver chalice as if it were meant to be.
Oh thanks Ricki. It’s amazing how compatible these blossoms can be.
Oh, how lovely Susie. I really love the idea of using a goblet. Your flowers are simply gorgeous this week… it doesn’t look like autumn at all! I’ve noticed you have a perfect white setting for taking your photos now – do share your secret! 😉
Thanks Cathy! Photographing my vases is always a bigger challenge than creating the vase. I don’t have much of a secret except that I take a lot of photos and then spend way too long trying to choose among them. Sometimes I try different settings around the house but if in a hurry I usually place the flowers on a white drawing table that has a white poster board propped up for a background. Then I open up all the window blinds in the upstairs studio for (indirect, neutral) light and hope for the best.
I think the light is the key, so using a white background is a great idea. 🙂
Such delicate colours and they look so pretty in your goblet. And that wonderful Camellia again, it is gorgeous.
Thanks. Last year the cold had damaged the camellia by this time, so I’m happy it’s still going strong this November.
A beautiful combination of colours, Susie. And that goblet is so special!
Thanks Anca. Don’t know why I’d never used that goblet before but it was fun to experiment with it for today.
What a beautiful cup of summer you produced today Susie. I love the chrysanthemums that look so fresh at this time of year and I am envious of your camellias – I must try to get some early flowerers for next year. I too have a Winchester Cathedral flowering this week, but little else is left in my garden now. It is so sad to have to say good bye to it all until the spring. I love your silver goblet – I watched the last episode of Downton Abbey last night and your vase would have looked perfectly at home in those grand surroundings.
Thanks Julie, that’s the ultimate compliment. I have to wait for the next episodes of Downton Abbey to start here. Sometimes I wish they’d just stop the action and show the flowers in detail! Winchester Cathedral is a beautiful camellia. If the rain lets up, I’m going to visit a camellia farm tomorrow.
A really lovely arrangement and like me you have late summer flowers mixed with early winter flowers. Your silver goblet is very special and sets off the flowers beautifully.
Thanks Sarah. Many of my summer vases had darker autumnal tones. Nothing like that now in my garden, but I’m happy to have a few blooms of any kind.
Lovely as always Susie!
Your many colors of flowers look stunning together, the blue salvia is really eye-popping, Susie! Your camellia is the same color as mine but not flat, so airy and artistic. I’m surprised to see the Echinaceas still blooming, mine quit long ago. And I love the iceberg rose, cute little bouquet of the lantana, and fancy chrysanthemums. So lovely with the silver!
Thanks Hannah. That salvia is usually so hard to photograph but it cooperated this time. That is the true color. A few echinacea rebloomed recently so I had to work them in today.
You’re so lucking to have all those exquisite flowers in your garden! They look so healthy and full. My favorite shot is the one where you show the cut flower on the side. Very creative, all around. Love it!
Thanks Beth. It was lucky to be able to find a few fresh blooms–mostly the garden looks desperately tired. These last flowers of the year are special though.
What a burst of happiness and summery looking blooms to celebrate your warm weather…..love the Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’. Wish I could grow these…it is cooler here now and wet, but oh the garden loves the rain.
Donna, my camellias haven’t done well the past several years but this fall they’re looking great. Just saw a graphic that said we’ve had 19 more inches of rain than Seattle this year.
so fresh and lovely! The silver goblet works well – I have a ‘thing’ for using metal containers for flowers at the moment …
Ann, the silver goblet has been hidden away in a cabinet for many years. Definitely enjoyed using it for this arrangement.
I love Salvia uliginosa but I don’t think I have ever put it in a vase, which is crazy since it’s such a rare blue. I will definitely follow your lead and do so. It all looks very special in the goblet.
Cathy, the salvia is fine in a vase, but after a couple of days it does start dropping petals. It’s worth it though if you enjoy that blue. Susie