In A Vase On Monday – Old-Fashioned Blooms

In A Vase On Monday – Old-Fashioned Blooms

Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement every Monday using materials collected from our gardens. Thunder and lightning was exciting briefly late Saturday night, but the activity brought very little rain.

Zinnias began flowering ten days ago, cheering up the garden with colorful old-fashioned loveliness.

In A Vase On Monday – Old-Fashioned Blooms

By early June when daffodil foliage had finally died back so I could reclaim some space, I was losing interest in gardening because it was so extremely hot. But I found an old packet of Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again’ (Zinnia elegant pumila), packaged for 2017 by Botanical Interests, and sprinkled out the seeds. Simple, colorful, heat-loving and reliable—what could be easier?

In A Vase On Monday – Old-Fashioned Blooms

In-between the time of planting seeds and harvesting the flowers, I celebrated a birthday with lots of family. The container today is one of a pair of mugs I received during a big family get-together that unexpectedly turned into a bit of a birthday fest for me. The cups were crafted by my niece’s mother-in-law, featuring beautiful form and blue glaze. The blue batik table runner was made by my sister using special Japanese fabric.

Mugs and Table Runner

Light in the dining room was fading so for staging pictures I draped the table runner over a chair in the foyer. I decided to include another gift. This spring I began teaching yoga and meditation regularly so this Tibetan meditation chime from another sister was particularly thoughtful.

In A Vase On Monday – Old-Fashioned Blooms

Well back to this Monday’s design, a single stem of fern-like foliage of Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) inserted into the mug created support structure that worked well to hold the zinnias in place. As well, there is a cluster of Tansy flowers just beginning to open.

In A Vase On Monday – Old-Fashioned Blooms

The flowers look sparser from the back but I love the color of this largest zinnia.

In A Vase On Monday – Old-Fashioned Blooms

Materials
Flowers
Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again’ (Zinnia elegant pumila), Botanical Interests. Heirloom. (packed for 2017)
Foliage
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Vase
Stoneware mug. Mary Murray, Mountain Forest Pottery, Brevard, NC.

In A Vase On Monday – Old-Fashioned Blooms

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

31 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Old-Fashioned Blooms

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Linda, I respect your appreciation of pottery and textiles, having seen so many fine examples on your site. Having connection to the artists makes these very special.

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  1. Cathy

    Happy Birthday Susie – it sounds as if your family made a real occasion of it. Your zinnias are of course gorgeous, and what a lovely pair of mugs. I really like this sort of glaze. Well done for staring teaching the skills you have acquired – I am thrilled for you. Are you able to teach from home?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy, we had a great time. I’m teaching one Gentle Yoga class a week and subbing others at a Fitness and Wellness Center, where I began taking yoga about 14 years ago. I teach a few private classes at home also.

      Reply
  2. Noelle

    I enjoyed reading your post, and a Happy birthday. I did not realise that planted at the start of June zinnia seeds could yield flowers so quickly. You nurtured them well.

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  3. Peter Herpst

    Both your garden and your family gave you delightful gifts for your special day. Happy birthday! I love zinnias but haven’t grown them in years but your sweet arrangement has me thinking that next year some should find a place in my garden.

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  4. Edinburgh Garden Diary

    Happy birthday to you! What wonderful gifts that you will treasure for years. There is something old fashioned about zinnias, isn’t there? I have tried to identify what it is but can’t. Just the simple pleasure of a joyful, colourful flower that demands very little and gives so much?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. Zinnias and other flowers like those Cathy had in her vase today remind me of the kinds of flowers I saw growing up (sweet william, amaranthus, etc). Very nostalgic.

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  5. Kris P

    Happy birthday, Susie! You did well with your birthday loot. The zinnias in your new mug are perfect and nicely accented by the tansy and fresh green foliage. I love your sister’s table runner too.

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  6. Alison

    Ah Lovely! I never got around to sowing Zinnia seeds this year, so I’ll just have to enjoy them on everyone else’s blogs. Sounds like you had a great birthday celebration.

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  7. tonytomeo

    Zinnias are supposedly one of the easiest flowers to grow here, like nasturtiums, but mine always get mildew. Even if a few flowers look good, the stems are weak and the foliage is lacking. They look so much better from other gardens in other regions.

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