In A Vase On Monday – Red Hot Summertime

In A Vase On Monday – Red Hot Summertime

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.  I am reluctant to show all the weeds in mine, so that leaves dahlias and zinnias for today, along with a few Espresso gladioli like the one in last week’s vase.

I actually managed an hour of weeding one morning and continue to dream the garden will be reclaimed eventually. There were dark storm clouds every night and twice we actually received rain, though we need much more. It has been hot, hot , hot—and humid. Dahlias are thirsty. Zinnias are thrilled.

There are some beautiful red zinnias this year and I gathered as many of them and other red flowers as were available, at first conceiving a woven basket of summer flowers for this week’s In A Vase On Monday. The result ended up being more formal when I shifted direction and selected a favorite Chrisco’s Pottery vase instead. The pot stands 8 inches tall and is decorated with a black matte and glossy sgraffito design.

In A Vase On Monday – Red Hot Summertime

Flower hues include the deep red, magenta, reddish-orange, apricot and coral.

In A Vase On Monday – Red Hot Summertime

In A Vase On Monday – Red Hot Summertime

There is also a sassy orange cactus zinnia that I really enjoy.

In A Vase On Monday – Red Hot Summertime

The focus flower is Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’ and features fringed white petals.

In A Vase On Monday – Red Hot Summertime

Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’
Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’
Gladioli ‘Espresso’
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Red/black raku vase, Charles Chrisco, Chrisco’s Pottery

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.

32 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Red Hot Summertime

  1. Cindy Coghill

    What bright and happy colors that almost make me wish for the coolness of fall! I’m not ready for summer to be over, but I am ready for this extreme heat and drought to go. It is so hard on the garden, not to mention the gardener. Sounds like you are getting more rain than we are here in Ohio. Seems like Indiana is hogging it all and saving none for us, but what can one do except pull out the garden hose.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hope rain comes your way soon Cindy. We were passed over again this afternoon, lots of clouds but no action. We’ve had very little rain all summer, but just a few miles away people complain about it raining so much!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, they’re real workhorses. That white dahlia doesn’t last very well in a vase and there have been only a few to bloom. Hope as it cools there will be more.

  2. Cathy

    Your gladioli would have fitted in with my Sozzled vase, wouldn’t they? Your vase certainly gives off some heat, a great selection especially considering your limitations. Now that I know where I am going with zinnias I will choose my varieties carefully for next year, as there is a lot of choice. Thanks for sharing your sultry vase, Susie

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, I had to look up sozzled! Ha! Yes, I wish we could have a plant exchange right through the computer screen. Would gladly share some zinnias for some of your gorgeous dark wine-colored blooms. They’re fabulous. There are a lot of zinnia choices–it’s hard to go wrong or have too many.

      1. Cathy

        It has taken me a few years to get to the stage of successful zinnias, and they are only half successful this year because they shared a bed with some rhubarb which grew in a way it has never grown before and crowded them out – it won’t happen again, as the rhubarb is OUT!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you–it was satisfying to create a large arrangement. I haven’t weeded enough for the past several years and the past has caught up with me. Good luck with yours!

  3. Kris P

    The black vase was the perfect choice, Susie – it makes those vivid colors sing. The Glads are especially dramatic. I hope you get a break from that heat and humidity soon.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Kris. The front of that vase actually has a red glaze (sort of a diamond shape) in front, above the black, but the red clashed considerably with the flowers. I was surprised because there were so many different reds I thought it would all blend! It’s raining all around us this afternoon!

  4. theshrubqueen

    Susie, so, so gorgeous and I love the colors. Dreaming of Zinnias. I am also dreaming of garden reclamation, but can’t stay outside long enough to conquer the weeds.

      1. tonytomeo

        That seems to be the consensus.
        Mildew is not much of a problem in our arid climate, but somehow bothers things that are not bothered by it in more humid climates, including zinnias. It makes no sense.

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