Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.
There was no clear choice for today’s vase so I gathered a variety of flowers from the garden and went to work creating four small vases, imaging they would end up grouped into one display. Each one was nice but when combined they did not make much impact. Simple usually seems to be the best choice so I eliminated all but the white snapdragons in a handmade green pot. Fresh, cool, elegant.
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet White’ (Snapdragon)
Ceramic vases: Hand-thrown Seagrove Pottery (olive-artichoke). Artist unknown.
Originally I had planned to use a side-table crafted by my daughter to showcase all four vases. One design was eliminated immediately and I wavered about the others but not very long. All four vases are responsibly placed around the living room, physically distanced to meet current standards.
The arrangement on the left contains Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Red’, Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’, Matthiola incana (stock) , Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow) and leaf from Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ in Ikebana vase. In the middle, also in an Ikebana vase, is Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox), Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ seed pods and old-fashioned rose.
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.
Truly beautiful arrangements and such a lovely display table
Thanks Janice. Our daughter built several piece of furniture for us. This walnut piece is one she made for herself before she moved across country that we’re getting to enjoy.
All three are really attractive, and I especially like the blue vase…but yes, simplicity generally wins in the end, doesn’t it?
Yes, as much as I prefer white, that blue one is not easily dismissed.
Your vases are always so creative. I really like the lavender stems.
Thanks. The lavender is not quite open but already smells nice. I cut rosemary as well but its texture didn’t feel right for this vase. Smelled great too though.
All your vases are lovely, but I also think simplicity wins out. I love snap dragons, especially white ones. They make a stunning statement all by themselves. They never grow well for me, so I am equally impressed with yours.
Thanks Cindy. In recent years I’ve discovered snapdragons and had good luck buying and planting them here in fall. They’ve been a good value for the garden.
What a delightful trio! And the pebble shaped vases of the two colourful arrangements are great! Amanda https://therunningwave.blogspot.com
Thank you. I find those Ikebana vases so handy.
Love the Snaps, I used to grow the Sonnet and Ribbon varieties, though I think bronze was my favorite. Well done on containing your enthusiasm and going with simplicity. Sometimes less is more and I love the vase.
Thanks. The green vase was a gift from a late friend. It had belonged to her husband. Seagroves is a well-known area of potters crossing generations.
I have to look Seagroves up, forgot to mention your gorgeous table. I love it. My husband is a wood guy and we appreciate wonderful work.
What was speedy about the antirrhinum, Susie – was it quick to get to flowering? The white ones really are simplicity itself, aren’t they, and the green vase is gorgeous. I also like the vase on the left which has a simple wildness look about it although I can’t quite make out what all the contents are. Thanks for your contributions, as ever
I don’t know why they’re called speedy. They were bought as plants last fall and the white ones did bloom early April. I’ve updated the post with the names of those other flowers in the extra vases.
I have google it and found the following:
‘The Speedy Sonnet series requires only 10.5 hours of daylight to bloom, making it not entirely day length neutral, but going a long way toward the goal. Speedy Sonnet needs 1.5 hours less light than Sonnet. In all other respects, Speedy Sonnet can be treated like Sonnet’
All are lovely, Susie, as is your daughter’s wonderful table. I tend to prefer color but the simplicity of your snapdragon arrangement has a peaceful presence which is much appreciated under current circumstances.
The white snapdragons do seem peaceful. Guess I needed that. There is sure to be color another Monday!
I love it. I’m very much into simplicity these days. It’s so calming.
I agree Beth. We don’t need complications right now. Simplicity is fine with me too. Take good care.
Your daughter is so clever – what a beautiful table! Is it her profession, or something she does as a hobby? White snaps are amongst my very favourite and yours look perfect in that simple arrangment in the green vase, but the Ikebana vases are something else. Even without flowers they would be perfect on your daughter’s table. The touch of peony foliage on the lefthand vase is masterful!
She became interested in furniture making in college as an industrial design major. She went on to become an architect.
Even more talented than I thought!
You know, I don‘t think I have ever (conciously) seen a white snapdragon before and it is quite lovely! I definitely like that vase best for its simplicity. They are, of course, all beautiful though – as always! You should give lessons in flower arrangement. 😃
Isn’t that interesting how we can suddenly see a plant as if for the first time. Thanks so much!
The white Snapdragon really looks elegant.
Thanks. Those white snapdragons have made a huge impact in the garden this year and they last well in a vases.