In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.

Autumn slipped in with cooler temperatures for a few days last week, but summer persisted. No rain, no rain is the garden’s sad mantra. Week after week the skies are unable to weep.

Dahlias and zinnias, mainstays of the summer garden have given notice.  The plants signal distress through browning leaves and withering stems, giving fair warning they are tired, they are tired. And yet they put on another smile and get through the show one more time.

In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

The red zinnia palette inspires this week’s vase.

In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

A few stems of Buddleja and garden phlox bring a hint of purple and varying form.

In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’ is a white semi-cactus beauty that is finally beginning to produce more flowers. Its strong personality adds a vivacious boost to the vase. I read it is an old variety, bred in 1953 and its name means “messenger from the moon.”

In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

Just ripening Callicarpa berries and foliage make an attractive filler.

In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

Dahlia ‘David Howard’ and ‘Gallery Art Deco’ effortlessly blend into the mix.

In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

Materials
Flowers
Buddleja davidii ‘Adokeep’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’
Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore’
Zinnia
Foliage
Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)
Container
Ceramic Urn Stamped “Vintage 4”

In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

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.

26 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – September Color and Form

  1. Christina

    You really show the rest of us how to arrange Dahlias and Zinnias to make them elegant and give each bloom its own space. I should study this one. Wish I could send you some of our rain, we’re having quite a wet September.

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  2. Cathy

    What a glorious montage of blooms – worthy of any stately home or hotel foyer even! The messengers from the moon are a wonderful touch within the reds and oranges, and the whole vase glows. They have done well to survive your dry weather. Here, we are going to have a wet week, and after a dry start today it is now teeming down!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, thank you for the supportive comment. I do love the reds and oranges working together. Hope your rain doesn’t overwhelm the garden. Still nothing in our forecast at all and 88F degrees. Just very hot and dry.

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  3. Cathy

    This is wonderful. You do have a lovely selection of dahlias Susie and the arrangement doesn’t even hint at them being tired in the garden – they all look so fresh and vibrant. Still, I hope you get some rain soon. We are waiting for rain too – in fact has drizzled very slightly today, but barely enough to dampen the soil surface!

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  4. Kris P

    I love the beautiful autumnal colors in your arrangement, Susie, and hope that Mother Nature comes through for you with some rain soon. Maybe we both need to learn a rain dance or two. We’ve got a 40% chance of rain here on Saturday but I’m not going to invest in the prospect until the first drops fall.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Kris. Still no signs of rain here. I hand carried a drink to several of the dahlias today but they seem to be telling me “too little, too late.”

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  5. tonytomeo

    Is beautyberry grown for the berries, or does it just grow wild? I have never seen in before. There are garden varieties of it, and Japanese types too. If I were to grow it, I would like to get the wild species.

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      1. tonytomeo

        I asked that wrong. I meant to ask if it was planted intentionally to provide colorful berries, or if it just moved into the landscape from outside. If it is wild, that explains it. Others have told me that the Japanese sorts are better, but I still want the North American sort, just to experience growing it.

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