In A Vase On Monday—Dusty Tones And Green

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

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 hoped a promising anemone coronaria bud would make its way open in time for today’s vase, but in its stead is a variety of foliage and tiny blooms gathered yesterday morning.

The container is a small teacup from a favorite Pringle Pottery set, glazed in cream, light green and blue.

Pringle Pottery Cup

Pringle Pottery Cup

Dark red leaves of Husker Red Penstemon, feathery deep green Tansy fronds and a silvery-patterned, curving leaf of Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Heart’ provided a foliage framework for the arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Two fresh echinaceas, opening to a muted dusty pink, were the first flowers to be selected. To  them were added a lone cluster of bright pink Achillea and a pair of lavender viola blossoms.

Echinacea, Achillea and Viola

Echinacea, Achillea and Viola

A few tiny flowers of Pink chintz thyme are still opening in the meditation circle and several sprigs of this thyme were included for their subtle dots of pink, as well as for foliage texture.

Tiny flowers of Pink chintz thyme pick up the lavender of the viola.

Tiny flowers of Pink chintz thyme pick up the lavender of the viola.

Dark burgundy flower heads of Verbena bonariensis were clustered toward the back.  A couple of stems of white Iberis sempervirens were included to try to keep the design from becoming too dark.

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Materials

Flowers
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’ (Pink chintz thyme)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Viola

Foliage
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Heart’ (False Forget-Me-Not)
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)

Vase
Stoneware cup glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (from set of 4 cups and pitcher, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977).

In A Vase On Monday - Overhead view

In A Vase On Monday – Overhead view

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.

41 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Dusty Tones And Green

  1. Christina

    I love this lovely, small posy. I also found the same colour Achillea in the garden but decided not to use it. The foliage in your teacup is all such beautiful different textures it would even work just on its own. It is getting harder each week to find flowers to pick, I’m not sure what we will find after Christmas.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina. It is getting hard to find enough flowers in good condition. Glad I planted violas to tide me over. I’ve seen other gardeners already displaying hellebores, like Cathy this week, but mine are not in a hurry despite our warm weather.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      We had some early frost too Donna, so there really aren’t many things blooming here either. It’s a treat to find a few blossoms that are still usable though.

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  2. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD

    What a wonderful cup. It makes a beautiful “vase.” I must remember to give details the way you did with your nice list of everything at the end of the post. It is always helpful to see what really goes into creating these bouquets.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Glad for your comment Ricki. I sometimes think of the small ones as minor or a bit of a cheat, but I love having little sprigs of this and that from the garden to enjoy.

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  3. Cathy

    I loved seeing your arrangement in a teacup, and such a pretty one at that – it will remind others that we can downsize our vases when material is more limited or, of course, at any time. The echinaceas are such stars and many of us in the UK struggle with echinaceas of any sort so thanks for sharing yours. The shape of the cup shows the contents off perfectly, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I usually have some echinacea that are stragglers in autumn, but it was surprising to find these freshly blooming. They didn’t get very large though. Glad I called this container a teacup. It’s often hard to gauge the actual size of an arrangement, even if one is familiar with the flowers.

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  4. Kris P

    To my mind, the foliage almost upstages the flowers in this week’s vase, Susie. You have a way with foliage! I’m impressed that you found some Echinacea in flower this late in the season too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, sometimes it’s fun to just be able to tuck a few things here and there. This was a simple one but it’s always nice to have some color from the garden.

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  5. Cathy

    It’s a lovely little cup Susie, and the foliage you have used makes a lovely base for showing off the little flowers. Definitely a vase for contemplating in detail on the breakfast table! 🙂

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  6. Bec

    This is a lovely little posy / great flower and colour combination. I really like the cup too… Lovely restful colours. Thank you. Have a lovely week love bec xx I’ve got fuchsias in my vase which shouldn’t be hear at this time of year.

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