In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

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

As October soon draws to a close, the garden continues to offer some cheer. Last vestiges of zinnias and a few more Dahlia ‘Fireworks’ fill this week’s blue mug.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

There are three colors of the dahlia plants from the Fireworks series that I picked up at a garden center early in summer. I would not grow them again. The yellow-red combination is not to my taste., the pinkish-red one is a little better. I prefer the apricot-peach one (tucked in bottom right of previous photo) but it blooms less well.

A Pair of Dahlia ‘Fireworks’

A volunteer marigold flowered in an abandoned terra cotta pot, opening just in time for me to add it to this week’s arrangement.

Autumn Marigolds

Dahlia ‘Fireworks’

Here are a few more close-ups. The zinnias are tiny at this time of year, but some still are beautiful.

Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)

Purple Angelonia With Zinnia and Verbena

Angelonia, Zinnia, Verbena Bonariensis

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry) is native and attracts birds. I watched a mockingbird eating the odd-colored berries and seemingly savoring each one.

Magenta Berries of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Materials
Flowers
Angelonia angustifolia ‘Purple’
Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)
Celosia plumosa ‘Castle Mix’ (Feather Celosia)
Dahlia ‘Fireworks’
Marigold
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)
Foliage
Marigold
Vase
Ceramic mug

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

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.

36 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Summer Remnants

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I have received so much pleasure from the zinnias this year. I didn’t plant cactus zinnias but even these little ones have been rewarding. The plants themselves look terrible now but they’re producing.

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  1. Annette

    Heart-warming in every way, Susy, love those colours and they go so well with your pretty, blue vase. Summer’s slowly turning into a memory as we drift over into a quieter season which has its own beauty. Have a nice week 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Noelle. Don’t you love it when flowers decide to be photogenic and cooperative? This bunch loved posing (but were harder to arrange than usual).

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  2. Peter Herpst

    I love the cheerful bright colors in today’s arrangement. This could almost convince us that it’s still summer! Well done as always!

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  3. Cathy

    What a bright and jewel-like confection, Susie – I wonder if that zinnia selection is available in the UK? I shall be interested to hear if you DO save seeds of zinnia. I have mixed results with saving seeds generally as I am not always sure when to harvest them, although I have not tried with zinnias

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I sometimes save seeds from marigolds and zinnias as they’re very easy to grow, but none from anything else. I’m constantly amazed by what others grow from seed that I would not have patience for. This particular package was by Botanical Interests and was packaged for 2017! So yes, I do save seed!

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  4. Amanda

    Well those colours are enough to blow your socks off – just fabulous!! Rich and sumptuous. I love them! My vase today is much more modest! I thought I would do an extra one, a lot more colourful, on Wednesday, for Halloween!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It was nice to be able to pull together all the zinnias for a vase today. Earlier in summer there were many more corals, oranges, yellows and even white from this mix. Pink and red are hanging on.

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  5. tonytomeo

    Oh, there’s that beautyberry again. It is nice how all your flowers here are so compatible. Most of the dahlia do not play as well with zinnias as these do.

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      1. tonytomeo

        How could you not be happy with those? They are so pretty with the other flowers. I happen to like dahlias (Perhaps it is the ‘ethnic’ thing.), but some of the fancier types are rather garish.

  6. Kris P

    You created a pretty floral quilt from your remnants, Susie. I had a yellow zinnia with red striping that I had mixed feelings about too but, with the right companions, your ‘Fireworks’ Dahlia is quite striking.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. Yellow and red together are not my favorite combination but the marking is nice. I will look for more interesting dahlias next year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Jason, Fireworks just didn’t speak to me. I’ll try a fancier, larger one next year that hopefully will put on a bigger show. But grateful for any blooms this time of year.

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  7. Cathy

    This is so lovely Susie! The blue vase really makes them shine. I don’t know about ‘remnants’ – these flowers still look pristine! I like the colourful zinnias and of course the Tithonia. 🙂

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