In A Vase On Monday – Late August Glow

In A Vase On Monday – Late August Glow

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

Zinnias have been reliable as easy bouquet builders this summer and they continue to bloom gloriously. But for something different today I feature two other garden mainstays, echinacea and rudbeckia.

A small out-of-bloom Phalaenopsis orchid tucked into a shiny glazed black container was the starting point of this design.

A freshly emerged purple coneflower was inserted next. Many coneflowers are dotted around the garden, most of which are sporting dried seedheads at this point in the season to the delight of the local American Goldfinches.

Three stems of Rudbeckia laciniata or green-Headed coneflower were tucked among the dark green orchid foliage.

In A Vase On Monday – Late August Glow

In A Vase On Monday – Late August Glow

A couple of patterned Lemon Lime warneckii leaves were used to add some height and color variation.

In A Vase On Monday – Late August Glow


Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower)

Dracaena deremensis warneckii ‘Lemon Lime’
Phalaenopsis Blume (Moth orchid)

Glazed ceramic pot

In A Vase On Monday – Late August Glow

As always a big 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.

Solar Eclipse

To follow up on last week’s solar eclipse I thought I would share a few pictures. Yes, I do wish we had bought glasses so we could have viewed the eclipse directly, but we had fun.

Here is an image through a pinhole in a paper cup.

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 – paper cup pinhole

My husband’s hand.

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

And, a kitchen colander.

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

30 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Late August Glow

  1. Christina

    Clever flowers today Susie but I’m afraid they they were outshone for me by the last image of the eclipse though the colander – it’s amazing; very very clever of you to think of doing it.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes the colander was cool. The eclipse was heavily hyped in the days before the occurrence, so I saw the colander tip in a newspaper article. Made the shadow much more interesting for those of us who relied on an indirect view.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Both Rudbeckia laciniata and Echinacea purpurea are insect magnets, attracting attention even as I carried them toward the indoors. The colander experiment was great fun. There were also lovely effects created by shadows of leaves on the grass or sidewalk.

  2. Peter/Outlaw

    Very clever use of the orchid! Love this simple and effective arrangement. I didn’t buy special glasses either but very much enjoyed viewing the interesting shadows (projections?) cast by the eclipse through tree leaves all over the ground.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Decided to put the orchid to work as the foliage is always interesting. Oh yes, some of the most interesting photos from the eclipse were filmed through the leaves.

  3. LisaDay

    What a beautiful arrangement. I was going to say it looks so simple, but obviously it was not. I wish I had of thought of the colander idea while we were looking at. I think the pictures are so neat.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Lisa. The arrangement was quick to assemble but the rudbeckias kept shifting as I tried to photograph them, so that part actually took longer. The colander was a rewarding consolation since we didn’t have the glasses.

  4. Kris P

    Using the Phalaenopsis to support the flowers was a very clever idea, Susie! You got better eclipse photos than I did. Your colander effect was wonderful. Our marine layer interfered with shadow effects in our location.

  5. Edinburgh Garden Diary

    Such poise and elegance. I especially like the slightly darker second photo in which the yellow rudbeckia glows against the darkness of the wall, like a yellow field against a stormy sky. Like the others, I also greatly admire the colander eclipse!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. That second photo is one of my favorites too. The light shifted constantly while I was taking pictures–should have exploited it more.

  6. Eliza Waters

    Your arrangement definitely says ‘summer’ to me… Sunny and happy.
    Love the colander pinhole viewer! I can see you were closer to totality than I was. What fun it was!

  7. Stephi/StephiGardens

    Love the late summer bouquet. Reminds to go pull something together from the garden to enjoy inside.
    It was so cloudy here in IL I’m glad we had glasses. No shadows to be had. I had my colander ready 😔


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