In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

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

Dainty in demeanor the flowers in this collection are true workhorses. Requiring little care they bloom and bloom.

Begonias and cyclamen were the starting point for today’s vase.

Two oversized pots of wax begonias near the front steps have performed reliably this summer, despite infrequent watering. One pot is filled with pink, the other is white. Begonias are so commonly used in landscaping they may seem ordinary perhaps, but planted en masse in large blue containers they have been striking.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

These cyclamen are from plants that live indoors. Enjoying indirect light from a sunny west-facing window they have been flowering continuously all summer.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Several weeks ago large pots of inexpensive chrysanthemums began showing up for sale at my local grocery store, too good a bargain to pass up. The terracotta-rust blooms fade to a darker red as they age.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

The rusty coloring of this young heart-shaped begonia leaf complements the chrysanthemums.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Zinnias have appeared so frequently this summer in my Monday vases I tried to avoid them today; however, playing off the hue of the chrysanthemum, a small terra cotta zinnia and another in red seemed destined to be companion flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) are not normally categorized as diminutive but this small specimen stood out this morning. The coneflowers have kept insects and American gold finches busy all summer.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Materials

Flowers
Begonia (Wax Begonia)
Chrysanthemum
Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)
Dahlia sp.
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again Mix’

Vase
Stoneware mug by potter Nancy Redman, Redman Pottery.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

Thank you 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.

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

31 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Blue Mug Petites

  1. Kris P

    Nice mug! I don’t know why I never think to pull one of mine out for use as a vase (especially as there’s one I bought expressly for that purpose). With the exception of the zinnias, all your flowers are difficult to impossible to grow here, although heaven knows I’ve tried. They make a lovely composition.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Kris, I thought begonias would grow anywhere, but come to think of it, some of mine planted in the ground died because of lack of water. The little flowers made me happy today, although overall my garden is a mess. I need to reclaim it (which is why I began a blog in 2010!).

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. The begonias in my pots got afternoon shade and they seem quite content. A few planted in the ground got too much sun and not enough water, so they were unhappy.

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  2. Cathy

    What a judicious choice of colours, Susie, from a really interesting combination of blooms – it can be too easy to focus on blooms from just one place (like my cutting beds!) instead of keeping a competely open mind and pair of eyes! I love them with the blue mug too. It’s interesting to read what you and others say about different plants in the US and where they can be expected to grow

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      1. Cathy

        Thanks for that Susie – perhaps I should plot my blogging friends on a map like this 😉 It is so much simpler in the UK!

  3. bittster

    Beautiful how the colors work so well together. I think the only fault people find with wax begonia is how easy they are to grow. If they were fussier I bet they’d get much more respect!

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