In 2014 I began joining Cathy at Rambling In The Garden to create a weekly vase. This exercise, called In A Vase On Monday, challenges garden bloggers to create and share cut flower arrangements each Monday using materials from our gardens. Sometimes my designs are simple, others are more formal, but collectively the vases highlight what is in bloom in the garden during the year. The larger story is told by checking out Cathy’s post each Monday and connecting to beautiful vases shared by gardeners from around the world.
This week I knew I wanted a light and airy foliage to help define the shape of my vase. Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ is healthier than usual, perhaps buoyed by early spring rains. We are dry here now with high temperatures above 90F, so I do not know what is keeping the baptisia happy now, but it was an easy choice for today’s vase,
The heat is harsh and many flowers look worse for the wear. The Shasta daisies are in full bloom now and the fresh white blooms seemed too perfect not to use.
I think this is ‘Alaska’.
I planned that dahlias would be the focal flowers but I could have stopped with just the baptisia and daisies in place and been satisfied.
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ only had one ragged flower today, but several nice seed heads.
Lantana is just coming into flower this week. I selected several stems for some orange accents.
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’
Lantana camara (Common lantana)
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting sweet pea)
Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting sweet pea)
Vintage 4 Ceramic Urn
I like the swirly movement as seen from overhead.
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower-filled vases each week. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place in a vase this first Monday in July. Peace.
Your vase is lovely as usual. I have always liked the clematis seed heads and they work perfectly in your vase.
Thank you! These clematis are still very fresh and pliable. I wish the clematis were still blooming but there was only one flower. It dries up in the heat.
You are an artist Susie! Your vase is beautiful and looks like a painting that has taken weeks of painstaking brushes to create. 😃
Thank you Cathy for the encouragement you offer. This week’s vase seem to flow together easily. I think it helps to limit the color palette and variety of flowers. Have a good week.
Your vase is so beautiful. The minute I saw it, I felt like I was walking in a summer field and it lightened my spirits Susie! I thank you for that. The continuance of this extreme heat is sapping my energy and I hate retreating inside during the summer. Your vase is everything summer and exquisite!
Thanks Cindy. That’s a great testament to the power of flowers. I did try to keep this arrangement more free and open. Hope you (and I too) get relief soon from this heat. The daisies are an anomaly. Most of my garden is wilting and weeping.
Oh what a glorious combination, and the airy baptisia is perfect to set the blooms off, like an auric field almost. What a great choice to include the clematis seedheads today too, the colour of string – like string pompoms! Thaks for sharing, Susie
The baptisia does seem to extend beyond and encompass the flower heads. I need to find more foliage filler that can create an atmosphere. Thanks Cathy.
That sounds a good idea – a trawl around the garden looking for possible foliage fillers. I am sure there will be lots of possibilities here that I have missed up to now
Daisies always make me smile – I can’t think of a more cheerful plant. I love the airiness of this arrangement, as well as the combination of white and orange. The Clematis seedheads were an inspired touch.
I was excited to find the clematis to add to this vase for texture. I had some cafe au lait dahlias and some white ones but ended up removing them and keeping the white and orange. The daisies seemed to take a long time to open this year. I don’t expect they’ll last long in our hot weather but I’ll even water them to try to extend their appearance.
So gorgeous and I almost like the foliage better than the flowers!! Crazy.
Thanks Amelia. I often omit foliage altogether but the Baptisia really was important in this vase.
i had not thought about it but I am kind of a foliage freak. Love it.
Gorgeous. I LOVE the Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ and the way it creates a beautiful airy frame. The Clematis seed heads look amazing in the display. Happy Monday this says to me. 🙂
Happy Monday Judy. Glad you like this.
Thank you Judy. I was thrilled the Baptisia worked out so well.
Wow, lovely centerpiece, Susie. That Baptisia creates a fine background texture for the flowers and the color of the dahlias is sublime!
Thank you Eliza. I was glad to try out Baptisia for the vase. Would definitely choose it again.
You got me at the daisy!
The daisies have been nicer than usual with fewer bugs. Was nice to have a large quantity to pick for a vase that were all fresh.
I love the flower selection – it gives such a feeling of freedom.
Thanks Malc. The daisies are the best this year than in ages.
It takes a minute to identify all the components.
Babtisia foliage is pretty excellent.
You are welcome.
Simple and sweet!
Thanks. The daisies lasted the entire week too which is not always the case with my arrangements.
The Clematis seedheads and the Baptisia foliage really added magic to this arrangement. I love it! It would have been great with just the daisies, too, but that would have been a different type of arrangement. I like both ideas, and in your hands they always look beautiful!
Thanks so much Beth! Sometimes finding extras like clematis seedheads give an arrangement a little extra boost. I should be on the lookout for more textural objects.
Beautiful flower arrangements. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Just so inspiring for a beginner. Thank you.