Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of cuttings from our gardens.
Today’s arrangement is an overflow of dahlias accented with a few zinnias. Staging the flowers atop a crystal pedestal vase suggests tradition and formality.
Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’
Lycoris radiata (Spider Lily)
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Crystal pedestal dish
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.
Such a vibrant arrangement.
Thank you Sangita!
Absoultely gorgeous, Susie, you’ve managed to bring together colours that do not go together easily but here it just feels right – it shows the hand of the true artist. Have a good week 🙂
Thanks Annette, the flower colors do seem shocking. I just used everything I could cut from the garden! How’s that for selecting a palette? The color juxtapositions struck me as so jarring when I was reviewing the blog post before publishing, I thought perhaps I should go back and say something about the colors, but I didn’t. In person they blend quite forgivingly.
just perfect, it pays to be brave 🙂
If I ever find ‘Cafe Au Lait’ it will come home with me.
MIne has not lived up to the photos I’ve seen of it, but this one is still pretty.
Even though you have planted only a few varieties of dahlia you always manage to do something fresh with them and, strangely, I did not think of the colours as jarring when I saw the first photo, as the contrasts are not really evident until you see the contents close up. The overall effect is really pleasing so it seems that you are as Annette says, a true artist when it comes to flowers – but then again, we knew that anyway!! I love the effect of the gaura, something I have grown from seed and am enjoying in the garden, although I believe it is not a reliable returner here so perhaps I should be sowing more now. Thanks for sharing Susie
Cathy, I appreciate your kind encouragement. I think I’ll try to plant fillers to soften the dahlia palette next year. For now I’m just happy to join in. The gaura seems to quickly close up once brought indoors and outside, it really flops badly. My neighbor on the other hand has a beautiful stand of it.
What fillers might you grow, Susie?
I think I’d like to have things like astrantias, Ammi majus, statice, Bells of Ireland, alstroemerias. I’ve never grown any successfully. Haven’t tried the first two yet. Also I had a small but promising Variegated Pittosporum that got ruined when we had to take out a tree. Do you have suggestions?
With your different conditions it is hard to say, Susie. I find statice SO easy and accommodating to grow from seed, and helichrysum too, and they make great fillers and can be reused time and time again. If alstremeria do well for you they should keep on flowering for a long time. I failed with Bells of Ireland and struggle with ammi, but will persist with the latter!
There is a place close to me called Endless Summer where 250 varieties of dahlias are grown. Right now they are in full bloom which makes my heart sing.
That must be something to behold. Thanks for your comment.
It’s a beautiful display, Susie, and I agree with Cathy that you always manage to create something wonderfully new with your dahlias. The addition of the Lycoris flower was a great touch.
Thanks so much Kris. The sun has bleached and wilted the lycoris so I rescued a couple of fresher stems.
Late season treasures artfully arranged. A stunning arrangement.
Thank you Noelle. So hard to leave August–more dahlias blooming makes it easier.
Now, this one is more like I expect ‘Cafe au Lait’ to look like. It seems to be more pink or even lavender in other pictures. It seems to be quite variable. I have not grown it.
Some of them are striped pinkish. I like this one better.
Absolutely gorgeous, Susie. Love it!
Breathtaking! Those flowers look almost like silk or fine paper. Lovely photos. The Dahlias are so pretty.
Thank you Cathy! The dahlias seem to be producing better flowers with stronger stems now so they’re easier to work with.
Your Cafe Au Lait is looking closer to the right color? I love the color mix and I like (gasp) orange and pink together in the garden…is this a Southern thing? Given the classic garden color schemes, it is a little out of the norm. Love the movement the Gaura gives the arrangement.
One of the plants does occasionally produce a believable version. Orange and pink? Hmm? I didn’t intend to use pink in the arrangement but needed to fill in some areas, so suspended reality for a few minutes!
Weird..the Dahlia.. planted some V bonariensis yesterday thought of your garden
It’s like a big hat we used to see in old movies – gorgeous and vibrant and slightly off kilter – Barbra Streisand could wear it well.