Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
Today I’m sharing a not quite finished arrangement showcasing the first dahlia flowers of summer. Mostly short-stemmed, the flowers required a shallow container. I found a glass pedestal dish with a flat bowl that comfortably held a large floral pin and set about to assemble a tapestry. The last of the calla lilies and several small buddleja panicles filled in an area that would have held additional dahlias had there been more ready to pick.
We had a wonderful weekend shared with family, our first get-together after the dreary pandemic months. Two of my sweet sisters were in town visiting for the weekend to celebrate my birthday and having just made the long trek moving from Los Angeles to the North Carolina mountain town of Asheville, my precious daughter and son-in-law came in for the day on Saturday! We are so grateful for this happy reunion.
Buddleja davidii ‘Adokeep’ (Adonis blue Butterfly Bush)
Dahlia Border Decorative ‘Gallery Pablo’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Zantedeschia rehmannii violacea ‘Odessa’ (Odessa Calla Lily)
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’
Glass Pedestal Dish
Hope you have a great week. As always thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.
Aren’t reunions especially sweet this year? I finally saw my family after 9 months of separation and lonely holidays. Your vase is just as sweet and at least we had our gardens to get us through the past year or so.
Yes, getting together again seems like such a gift. I’d last seen my sisters for a 15-minute “outside” visit nine months ago and my daughter two years ago. So glad you have had the opportunity to reconnect in person too.
How lovely to get together with your family, this pandemic has made us extra aware of how precious those moments are. I can’t see how your lovely arrangement is unfinished, it looks beautiful. I love your way of displaying the dahlias to make a tapestry, I never thought of doing that.
Thank you. Yes indeed, cherish each moment!
What a wonderful birthday!!! I’m so happy for you and your family. Love this bowl of dahlias, especially, I think, the Baptisia greens. They nudge your eyes to look at each dahlia individually, as well as en masse.
Thanks, yes the visits this weekend were amazing. The baptisia foliage is a funny mix of dense and sparse that I’ve come to enjoy using.
What a lovely reunion to have, and what an extra special birthday it must have been 😊 The bowl of dahlias works really well and you have made the most of the short stems – when I was considering an all-dahlia vase I have to admit I was a little scared of making a ‘large’ arrangement but must really take the plunge and give it a proper go sometime soon, especially as mine are mostly long-stemmed.
Thanks Cathy. Yes it was a memorable birthday weekend. I hope now that I’ve pruned the dahlias the next flowers will grow with longer stems. I did have a few long ones I had to cut down to work into this design –made me wince a little to cut the stems but necessary. Do give the large arrangement a go sometime.
I promise I will, Susie… 😉
Beautiful fruity colours.
Thanks Malc. The website describes the one as “combination of rose, melon and primrose yellow.” Hoping to see a lot more melon!
Happy belated birthday, Susie! Congratulations on the family reunion too. I love – and envy – your dahlias. The warm colors make me think of summer fruit.
Thanks very much Kris! The reunion was great. The dahlias have been painfully slow to flower this summer. Like you I hope they get busy and grow!
This is so special and beautiful, you come up with the nicest ways of displaying cut flowers, Susie, love this!
Thanks, I like to experiment and this time the short stems were the necessary inspiration.
And best wishes too from me!!!
Thanks so much Annette, it was a lovely birthday.
What a great birthday gift – long-absent family arriving to help celebrate! Wishing you many happy returns of the day. 🙂
Thanks Eliza. We had a wonderful time, a long overdue reunion.
Wonderful, I love the colors of the Dahlias with the blueish foliage. Happy Birthday in advance….
Thanks Amy! That foliage is rather versatile–you’ll probably see it again!
I remember it and love it..
Oh, those dahlias look like chrysanthemums, like from autumn!
Dahlias are so special, and your combination of blooms is very elegant. 🙂
Thanks Beth. Glad the dahlias are starting to bloom.
Yes I can see that it was a wonderful weekend for you, I love the way you have arranged your Dahlias, and of course the foliage sets it off nicely.
Thanks Noelle. Yes, great visit indeed from our daughter. Happy to have the dahlias in flower at last. They were much earlier to open last year.
That’s a beautiful arrangement Suzie. I am left wondering what the finishing touches were as I don’t see how it could be improved on. It must have been absolutely wonderful to see your sisters again and would have no doubt made your special day even more special. Belated birthday greetings to you 💐
That’s a beautiful arrangement Suzie. I am left wondering what the finishing touches were as I don’t see how it could be improved on. It must have been absolutely wonderful to see your sisters again and would have no doubt made your special day even more special. Belated birthday greetings to you
Thank you Anna! I had run out of dahlias and tried to fill in the remaining spaces with greenery and leftover flowers from last week’s vase. In the end it was probably bet not to keep fussing with it. Have a good week.
This is really Art of flowers. You’re very talented 😍😍😍
Thank you so much!