In A Vase On Monday – Curves And Whorls

In A Vase On Monday – Curves And Whorls

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

Against a backdrop of curving fronds from a potted fern, a ruby-red, passalong Dahlia (from Libby) stars in this mid-September offering.

In A Vase On Monday – Curves And Whorls

The dahlia’s deep rich color is intense, its strong geometric form is perfection.

Whorls of Dahlia

Zinnias in bold hues of orange, yellow and even pink create a secondary layer of interest in the arrangement.

In A Vase On Monday – Curves And Whorls

The container is a stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue by well-known local potter Jim Pringle.

In A Vase On Monday – Curves And Whorls

Materials

Flowers
Dahlia. Passalong, possibly ‘Wisconsin Red’
Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again Mix’
Zinnia elegans ’Cactus Flower Blend’

Foliage
Dracaena deremensis warneckii ‘Lemon Lime’
Fern leaves

Vase
Stoneware pitcher. Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977

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.

40 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Curves And Whorls

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Malc. I’ve had the fern on my screened porch this summer where it’s tolerated the late afternoon western sun and made the porch look cooler than it was.

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  1. Cathy

    Those ferny whorls are such fun, and change the empasis of the whole vase entirely – I love it. My zinnias are one of the things that have suffered from the dominant dahlias!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, wouldn’t it be fun to experiment with switching out the foliage and replacing it with another type. Your dahlias are so lovely–hard to choose making room for one plant over another sometimes.

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      1. Cathy

        It would, wouldn’t it? I think many of us want to cram as many different plants in as possible – I know I do, although now that I have more time to focus on the garden I am developing a better understanding of which plants have a long season of interest and are therefore more garden worthy

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you John. Zinnias have been the mainstay for my summer vases so have to keep trying to do something a little different. Hope you and yours are doing well.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I don’t have nearly the choice you have this time of year, so I am challenged to come up with a new way to present the zinnias. The fern was an inexpensive purchase in spring that has proven its worth.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Kris, I picked up this fern on sale at the grocery store (of all places) in early spring on a whim. It’s done well on my screened porch with only occasional watering, next to a black Lutyens bench. I like it even more now that I remembered it could be used in a vase!

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  2. An Eye For Detail

    I just happened to come back to this post…so glad I did! Very happy these dahlias have done so well for you, Susie!!!! Mine are (finally) doing really well in the garden. Do you dig them up in fall or no? I tend to dig up half my clumps and leave others in…can’t say as it makes a difference. I have quite a few Mexican petunias…. if you would like some? They spread very rapidly I have found…but let me know if you want some? I can drop them off!

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