Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.
As April ends, so does my Coral Charm Peony, which had a good run this year but wind and rain got the best of it Friday morning. After the other flowers dropped their petals, two final buds opened later Friday so I am able to salute this lovely peony and remember it until next year.
I paired the coral peony with a red clematis that is performing well this spring, tucking in a few more bits of color for good measure with the help of snapdragon and thrift.
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet Bronze’ (Snapdragon)
Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Lilac’ (Thrift)
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)
Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower-filled vases across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place in a vase this week. Good health and peace to you.
I always find such inspiration in your posts. I have some of the same plants in my garden, yet never thought how to use them or put them together. If at first you don’t succeed ……
My offering: https://thirdageblogger.blogspot.com/2020/04/in-vase-on-monday.html
Stay well everyone.
Thank you Linda. I’ve joined Cathy’s Monday vase idea since 2014 (hard to believe it’s been that long) and have enjoyed this opportunity to practice arranging flowers. Sometimes sheer necessity of finding something to put in the vase each week has made me stretch my ideas of what can work together. And I love getting to see what others have growing and see what speaks to them. If you haven’t already please do be sure to post a link to your vase on Cathy’s website.
I’m so glad you showcased that peony one last time this year. It’s so beautiful. And you demonstrate how those last few peony flowers – secondary ones? – are just as beautiful as earlier, larger ones.
Yes, perhaps they are called secondary. I almost used that term but wasn’t sure. The size has caught up to the earlier ones and it is aging gracefully, colors becoming mellowed. Thanks Chris.
I always love to see your arrangements every Monday. That peony is a lovely color.
And I appreciate your kind comments. That is my favorite color of the peonies I have. I planted a dark red but it has yet to play ball.
What a lovely color of peony. Ours are no where near blooming, so it is hard for me to imagine that yours are finished. They spend such a short time with us and weather can ruin them in a second, which is maybe why they are so special. Mine don’t even have buds on them, which is just as well, since we’ve had a very cold spring and it was 30 degrees last night. I would love to live a little further south, maybe in Tennessee, Virginia, or North Carolina to enjoy your longer growing season and milder winters.
We do have a nice growing season. Living in colder areas requires gardeners to pack everything in quickly. I have some other peonies that are just starting to open. We’ve had a lot of wind and rain which isn’t treating the flowers very gently. I should rescue more.
If I were back into gardening again, Coral Charm would definitely find a place in it. Thanks, Susie.
It’s a keeper alright. Trying to remember if I bought it at Southern States. Can’t remember.
With the inclusion of the red Clematis, that’s not a color combination I’d have considered, Susie, but it works beautifully! When I look at your graceful arrangements, I think I need to learn to channel your aesthetic and give the flowers I normally cram together more space to breathe. As usual, your creation is perfect.
Thanks Kris, it was sheer determination that made me pair the peony with that clematis. Sometimes I think I rely too much on a formula to assemble my designs, but it just feels right to me. But I adore your vases–you’ve developed your distinctive and ebullient style.
This is a very tuneful and harmonious melody, Susie, with all the components singing in tune. An elegant composition, as always, and thank you for sharing it with us
Trying to think of something musical to add but I’ll just say thank you! Ha! It’s too late tonight!
The first word that came to my mind when I looked at this was – wow. I love each and every one of those plants, and the color combination is unique and beautiful. Perfect for this cold and dreary day.
Judy, thank so much. I do hope your weather improves soon. We’ve had some almost summer-like days followed by cold, nearly freezing, but today was around 70 and sunny, clear after storms last night. Just what spring days should feel like. The shifts back and forth have kept the flowers from finishing too soon.
I wondered if you might use Coral Charm in your vase this week after reading your last post Susie. This is absolutely stunning! You are soooo talented at putting colour shape and texture together and producing fabulous arrangements. 😃
Thanks so much Cathy. I have been so smitten with Coral Charm. I fall in love with it every year.
What a great foil that clematis is for your Coral Charm … and the antirrhinum is perfect! Beautiful
Thank you. I do like how the clematis and Coral Charm played well in this week’s vase. Snapdragons have been exceptional this year. Take care.
Love Coral Charm with the purple Clematis.
Thanks Jason. As the peony has matured it’s mellowing toward yellow and the deep red clematis is darkening toward purple. Improving with age.
As are we all!
Is that stock (?!) or honesty? Stock is rad! It looks like stock to me. I am not familiar with that particular thrift, but I do not see it in the pictures either. I grew a common thrift when I was a kid, because it did so well on the coast. It is native there.
Gorgeous and I love the color combination. Coral is a difficult mixer sometimes, and the mix is just lovely. Does the Clematis last when cut?
This clematis still looks good and was cut on Sunday. I’ve had others fade immediately. Not sure why the difference.
Hmm, Clematis is something I would not have thought would last cut, for no good reason!
I love the peony color, and mixed with the other strong colors it’s even better. Glad to hear you’re having a decent spring.
Thanks so much.