In A Vase On Monday—June Orbs

In A Vase On Monday - June Orbs

In A Vase On Monday – June Orbs

Today brings a welcome chance to share the garden by participating in Cathy’s weekly call to display our cut flowers In A Vase On Monday.

The transition to summer is evident throughout the borders and in these early days of June, Hydrangea and foxglove continue to delight. Naturally then they should be featured in today’s arrangement.

Digitalis Foxlight 'Ruby Glow' and Hydrangea macrophylla

Digitalis Foxlight ‘Ruby Glow’ and Hydrangea macrophylla

My first ever Ranunculus have begun to flower. Not many from a bag of 40 tubers survived and the flowers are much smaller than I had anticipated, but I was able to cut a couple of blooms.

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

I bundled together half-dozen stems of Appleblossom yarrow to form a sphere similar in size to one hydrangea.

In A Vase On Monday - June Orbs

At center left, bundled Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow) echoes the shape of hydrangeas and caramel accents of Ruby Glow foxglove.

Achillea x 'Appleblossom' (Yarrow), Gaura, Ranunculus

Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow), Gaura, Ranunculus

In some pictures the yarrow may look faded or even brown, as my husband thought, but in reality the flowers range in color from pink to peach with yellow centers. The effect was intended to pick up the caramel tones visible in the foxglove.

Hydrangea macrophylla, Digitalis Foxlight 'Ruby Glow' and red Pelargonium

Hydrangea macrophylla, Digitalis Foxlight ‘Ruby Glow’ and red Pelargonium

Scarlet Pelargoniums harvested from a planter on my screened porch add a zing of color to what would otherwise might appear to be a collection of mostly pink balls.

In A Vase On Monday - June Orbs

In A Vase On Monday – June Orbs

The Waterford crystal container measures about 6 inches high by 6 inches wide. To hold the flowers in place I used a Perfect Arranger, which is a stainless steel armature with a weighted base that holds flower stems tightly in place without the need for using floral foam.

Materials

Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow)
Dahlia sp.
Digitalis Foxlight ‘Ruby Glow’ PPAF (Ruby Glow Foxglove)
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Hydrangea macrophylla (from Jayme, March, 2013)
Leucanthemum superbum ‘Becky’
Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)
Pelargonium, dark red
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Ranunculus
Crystal vase
Perfect Arranger floral holder

This last view is one taken from overhead.

View From Above - June Orbs

View From Above – June Orbs

Many thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly floral arrangement celebration. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and other gardeners are placing In A Vase On Monday.

34 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—June Orbs

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Joanna, such a nice compliment. Thank you. I’m enjoying the hydrangeas this year so much–they make it easy to create a lush vase.

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  1. Christina

    I like your clever idea of tying the Achillea together to make a larger statement and reflect the mass of the Hydrangeas (I hope I remember to use this idea sometime). Hydrangeas are attracting me more and more; I’ve always said they aren’t suitable for the climate here although everyone grows them for their long period of flowers. I even succumbed and bought a white one for a pot on the terrace. The balance of colours works brilliantly, I echo Joanna’s comment – you are a real pro!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      So nice–thanks Christina! I was afraid the achillea would get lost in the hydrangeas because its texture is similar but much finer, so decided to try bunching it together. I liked the way it turned out. Your white hydrangea sounds like a nice accent for your terrace. Smart to put it where you can enjoy it and close for watering. Mine needs lots of water.

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      1. Christina

        I’ve also been given some cuttings of H. Annabel, they are small but already have flowers that I think I should remove to help the plant develop. I’ll be able to use them in a vase too!

  2. Eliza Waters

    Beautiful confection – the hydrangea are so fluffy and the deep reds really work so well with them. The crystal vase is perfect – I have a thing for cut glass, you know! 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Eliza. Some years I wouldn’t have bought that deep red pelargonium but it has such a richness I’m really enjoying it.

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  3. Cathy

    Seeing your list of contents really surprised me as it doesn’t look as if there are so many different ones in the vase – which shows how well they work together and how balnce the ararngement is. The foxglove is an amazing colour – never seen one like that before. Your rate of success with ranunclus as a little better than mine – I shall try them in pots next year. I looked on eBay and Amazon for the Perfect Arranger when you showed it before but didn’t see it then; must have another look. Thanks for sharing, as always.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for hosting Cathy. Lots of flowers were beginning to bloom this week. There weren’t enough to make much impact so I should probably have left them out for another time. Isn’t that foxglove great? Strongest color I’ve been able to find around here.

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  4. Kris Peterson

    You did a great job adding snap to the pale pink hydrangeas, Susie. The foxgloves are a perfect addition. I have the same (or similar) Achillea, just now coming into bloom, but I’ve yet to find a good match for it. For what it’s worth, I’ve had similar luck with ranunculus – and they’re supposed to be practically made for SoCal gardens.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      So ranunculus must be more finicky than I realized. I suspect the voles ate most of mine but can’t be sure. That apple blossom achillea has a nice color range that might work well with blue.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. This is my favorite foxglove I’ve grown ( purchased in pots in early spring) and I don’t know how long to expect it might bloom but I’d love for it to keep going through summer.

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  5. Cathy

    Beautiful! At first I thought it was the shapes I liked best, but as you showed the flowers closer up I realised how well you have combined those gorgeous colours to create a magical composition. So well done Susie!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, thanks for this nice comment. In person noticing the color subtleties might be easier, so I’m glad they came across the pictures.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Stephi. That yarrow has some nice colors in it but maybe is overwhelmed by the pink and red, except when viewed close up.

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