Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.
The rich colors this week seem autumnal. Several chrysanthemums began blooming this weekend beside the garage where their plastic pots had been unceremoniously abandoned last fall and given not another thought over winter. Last week I noticed they were green and healthy and in bud. For today’s vase I picked the deep wine mums to feature.
Verbena bonariensis has been lovely this spring, but some of it quickly began dropping flowers in the vase.
I included several stems of asclepias, also just coming into bloom. The rich orange nearly overshadows the chrysanthemum as the main focus.
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
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.
Colour combinations I love Susie – orange and purple with a splash of red. Lovely! 😃
That is colorful. I usually think of mums as a Fall flower.
They pull double-duty here, spring sometimes and definitely fall. The dark red is my favorite chrysanthemum.
A great colour combo here, and what a lovely chrysanthemum.
These dark colors are difficult to photograph accurately, but you can get the sense of the combinations. I love the richness of those colors together. Thank you.
Susie, I look forward to this breath of fresh air every Monday! Thank you!
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So nice of you Corinna! I’m glad you enjoy them.
I was surprised to see chrysanthemums in May too, although I do have a bud on a very young plant myself (still in a pot and perhaps I need to be planting it and its friends out, but I was hoping for some rain first). I love the denseness of your vase today and don’t think the asclepia overly dominates it – thanks for sharing it, Susie
Thanks Cathy. The chrysanthemum was definitely an out-of-season choice but the garden is in-between and nothing else blooming caught my eye.
And that’s how IAVOM often turns out 😉
I’m impressed by that chrysanthemum on so many levels – not only is the color gorgeous but it’s producing another round of bloom without any intervention on your part in May! And of course you made a beautiful vase using it too.
Thanks Kris. Chrysanthemums are something I usually set out to decorate the porch for autumn. Afterwards I throw the pots any old place I can hide them and they do their thing. If I fed them and planted them I suppose they would reward me with larger plants and bigger blooms.
asclepias Is a plant I am not familiar with but it looks great with verbenas and chrysanthemums
Asclipias tuberosa is a native perennial milkweed and food source for monarch butterfly larvae.
And captured by you beautifully
The verbena petals scattered on the table add to the totally “natural” look to your arrangement.
My thoughts, at least!
They’re authentic! Tried to find freshest verbena but cluster of flowers released just as I set down the vase to photograph it.
I love the colors, when you say orange and purple, people say yuck..til they see it. I used to get mums at weird times as well, I think they are forced in fall and their plant minds are blown for a while. I keep meaning to try V, bonariensis, so airy and purple – my Verbenas were not very good cut flower either (Beach Verbena)
I remember liking the orange and purple crayons together.
Me, too…isn’t that a triadic scheme on the color wheel, along with green? Back to college.
Yes. Green and purple, now there’s another great color scheme.
Those rich, saturated colors do my heart good.
The orange of the asclepias looks like it should be another chrysanthemum.
I see what you mean Tony.