In A Vase On Monday – Green and Blue

In A Vase On Monday – Green and Blue

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

To encourage more flowers I gathered all available zinnias this weekend. In the end only a few made it into today’s design.

Zinnia

Underlying today’s arrangement is Little Lime hydrangea, which continues to boost the summer garden. Originally I paired it with half-dozen 2-inch red dahlias, in a low green vase. The effect was so awkward I almost liked it. Unable to stop tweaking and adjusting, before I could photograph the result I had rearranged it beyond recognition or repair.

Beginning again I added a small blue companion vase. I edited the flowers heavily, keeping some hydrangeas, foregoing the dahlias, selecting a few zinnias.

In A Vase On Monday – Green and Blue

Stems of Pink Muhly Grass added for height also contributed an element of movement, though it proved more stiff than graceful.

In A Vase On Monday – Green and Blue

Materials

Flowers
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’
Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again Mix’
Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhly Grass)

Containers
Ceramic vases: Hand-thrown Seagrove Pottery (olive-artichoke) and an Eno Festival find (dark periwinkle blue)

In A Vase On Monday – Green and Blue

Hope you are enjoying summer. Heat for the past several weeks has been oppressive. Yesterday’s surprise afternoon rain was welcome.

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.

29 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Green and Blue

  1. Noelle

    Zinnias are really staring this year, and certainly in yours. I saw some growing at the Bishop’s Palace this week…the plants are rather attractive too. I love the way you have paired the flowers with the green foliage in the blue vases.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Noelle. Zinnias seem slow to get going this year. The green hydrangea is new and I’m loving having it to play with in arrangements.

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  2. Cathy

    That Little Lime bloom makes a great foil for the zinnias, which are gorgeous. I have one solitary bright orange one which needs some friends before it can appear in a vase, although it would make a nice clash with some pink ones. Do you often cut all yours to encourage more? I am still a novice zinnia grower 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The zinnias are just getting going this summer and don’t seem to be opening as quick as usual. I do think it helps to keep cutting them to encourage rebloom, but the main reason for cutting them all was we have had 100F (37.7C) temperatures the past few days and I figured they wouldn’t last as well outdoors. Thankfully cooler today.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Linda. After fussing way too long trying to achieve my “vision” I finally just tucked a few flowers into the vases. Much more relaxed and compatible in the end.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Marian, the little lime is in sun until about three. I have been so happy with this one. Good luck choosing something for your sunnier spots.

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  3. Annette

    Love the ‘two sisters’ and think Little Lime is just delightful and sets off the red to perfection. Pink muhly is one of my favourites but it’s not a happy bunny here although it should be. Is it vigorous and free-flowering in your garden?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Annette. My pink muhly is in a difficult spot for it to thrive but it’s roots are too deep for me to move it. Can be wonderful in the right place though.

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  4. Kris P

    The green flowers of the Hydrangea are an excellent foil for the Zinnias, Susie. I’m hoping to have some green flowers (Zinnias and Dahlias) myself but they’ve been slow to make a showing. I’m sorry you’re having a spell of miserable weather and I hope you get a break soon. We’re more humid here too and there’s even a slight chance of a thunderstorm, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      One year I tried a green zinnia but it sputtered out quickly. Hope your greens make a good show. We’re happy it’s only 93 today!

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  5. mithriluna

    Very pretty. Beautiful vases. It looks like we are on the same wavelength this week as my arrangement also featured red zinnias and Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. 🙂
    – Mar

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