In A Vase On Monday – Garden Variety

In A Vase On Monday – Garden Variety

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens.

First I am happy to report I graduated from an intensive 3-week long, 200-hour yoga teacher training on Saturday. It was an amazing, exhilarating experience.  I have appreciated your good wishes and encouragement the past few weeks and am looking forward to catching up on your blog posts soon.

There has been little time to reconnect with my garden but stepping out to gather items for this week’s vase, I noticed suddenly lantana, buddleia and phlox are in flower along with monarda, echinacea and shasta daisies. From among these I picked Phlox paniculata to share today.

In seeking companions for the phlox, I abandoned my usual restraint, including a mix of whatever flowers said hello as I walked through the borders.

The result is an untamed garden variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The flowers were left unarranged in a water glass just as they were placed when I collected them.


Dahlia, a passalong, possibly ‘Wisconsin Red’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Jane’ LITTLE LIME
Lathyrus latifolius (Perennial Sweet Pea)
Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore’
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Zantedeschia ‘Orange Blend’ (Calla lily)

(Click on an image below to view a slideshow.)

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.

38 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Garden Variety

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Summer seems like a time when it’s ok to indulge in more unrestrained color, but I would enjoy your garden. That palette sounds sounds beautiful and calming.

  1. Christina

    This really isn’t your usual style at all but I sense a real exuberance in being back in your garden. I love the strong colours and vibrancy of your vase today. Congratulations on graduating from the Yoga course. It is just over two years now since we met and from your photographs it looks like it might be as hot now as it was then. I am so glad that we were able to meet and become friends across the miles. Christina

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It’s been really hot the past couple of weeks but we finally got rain to refresh the garden. When you visited it was 100F. during a drought. I was at Duke Gardens a month ago for a very brief stop. It was 90F., extremely humid, and I wondered how you, R., and I managed that day! So grateful to know you.

  2. Cathy

    It’s not often you throw caution to the wind like this but it must be exhilarating to have done so after the intensive course. I am so pleased you found it worthwhile and I trust it will really enhance your life. Your collage shows the variety of blooms off so well and it was great to see such a sunny display

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy, I am sure to work my way back to spare floral designs, but it was nice to just showcase a floral abundance today. The yoga experience was exhilarating and I am so grateful for the chance.

  3. Kris P

    Congratulations on completing your course, Susie! I enjoyed seeing the wide mix of blooms in today’s vase – your garden is celebrating summer! I look forward to meeting you in person later this week.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for the good wishes about the yoga class. It was very special. The flowers have enjoyed a lot of rain this winter and spring. Weather here is definitely summery and hot now. It was dry for about a week or 10 days, but now we’re getting some rains every few days. Excited to meet you soon!

  4. Cathy

    This is so different to your usual vases Susie, but I love it! It is full of joy and shows me what is flowering in your garden and is so celebratory too – well done on the yoga trainer course. 🙂 Will you start your own group now?

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, I think you’re right about this vase being celebratory. No holding back this week! Right away I plan to teach a few friends who have volunteered to practice with me, then we’ll see. Do you practice yoga?

      1. Cathy

        I have never tried yoga Susie, although I know the benefits would be good for my body and mind. I think it is the idea of being in a group that puts me off. I had classes in oriental dance for many years and once had a dancing holiday where meditation was included… I couldn’t switch off surrounded by other people!

      2. pbmgarden Post author

        I remember feeling the same way about being in a group when starting yoga. Felt somewhat vulnerable. And that’s the challenge of meditation. Our minds keep working, thoughts keep coming–looks easy but it’s hard. Gardening is very meditative for me.

      3. Cathy

        Same here. The best way for me to switch off or contemplate. I always feel physically tired but mentally refreshed after a day outdoors!

  5. Noelle

    Well done on passing your course…and well done on your garden for coming up with such a summery collection of blooms…praise for the gardener too.


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