Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of cuttings from our gardens.
I gathered as many flowers as I could Friday during a brief foraging opportunity and left them to condition overnight.
Dahlias color the garden this month, and especially striking right now are the dinnerplate varieties. I find these large flowers compelling but I long for more interesting and compatible outline and filler materials to set them off. Russian Sage and Verbena bonariensis are not vase-happy for long but they’re what I had on hand.
Stems of Baptisia foliage are energetic and lively but I overdid their use initially and ended up removing quite a lot.
My late crop of Zinnias needed dead-heading and so were not at their best. I added just a few for a splash of surprise and texture variation, along with one faded D. ‘Gallery Art Deco’.
Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’
Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Salvia yangii (Russian Sage) , previously known as Perovskia atriplicifolia
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Dark blue matte ceramic jar
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.
Beautiful as always, Susie! I really need to add ‘Cafe au Lait’ to my mix next year.
Thanks Kris. I hope if you find ‘Cafe au Lait’ it might be the more classic representation. I’ve now seen enough pictures of it to realize it has quite a lot of variation.
Yes, I notice that as well. No one seems to know if it is genetic or environmental.They are all pretty.
Both the arrangements and the photographs of them are superb. Not to even mention how beautifully grown are the flowers.
Oh, thanks so much! The dahlias have brought immense pleasure this summer.
When I first saw your vase my eyes flitted from the blooms to the cloth then up to the vase and the leaves – don’t they support each other perfectly? The editing of your blooms was done with your usual exquisite taste too, with a balanced result. Thanks for taking time to share in your busy week.
Thanks Cathy. I did hope the pink cloth would unify and connect everything so glad you noticed.
I always love your dahlias.
Thanks Judy, I am beginning to feel thy are repetitive but the dahlias are the mainstay of the garden just now.
Well, I never get tired of seeing them.
Beautiful arrangement, Susie. I always admire your style of design. You chose perfect accompaniments in the wispy foliage of Baptisia, and vertical accents of Russian Sage and Verbena. I esp. like the dahlia closeup showing the curly inner petals, it’s lovely!
Thanks, Eliza. Most of that dahlia show that curly, whirly in the center. At first I just thought it was an aberration. Fun at any rate.
Dahlias make my heart sing!
Mine too, Lulu. Thanks.
Wonderful! You have a magic touch with dahlias both in the garden and in a vase (and great photos too!).
Thanks Cathy. Lots of new dahlias didn’t make it this year but I’m enjoying these that did.
A very lovely collection beautifully presented
Thanks very much. You may see these same ones again! They’re about all happening in the garden now.