In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

This is one of my favorite arrangements of the summer. It began as a different concept, lighter in weight, more airy, but ended up a round, tightly-packed, solid form with an arc of white flowers moving horizontally and an arc of pink flowers cascading vertically.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

Five Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’ opened all at once. This is a creamy white semi-cactus dahlia. I cut them and the other flowers Sunday afternoon when it was already 93°F.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

Three of the large flowers forming the pink arc are an unknown semi-cactus dahlia and one is D. ‘Cafe Au Lait’.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

Stems of a small white ball type, Dahlia ‘Petra’s Wedding’, along with salvias, gaura and common lantana fill out the arrangement. There are also a few sprigs of Angelonia AngelMist ‘Spreading Berry Sparkler’.

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

Materials
Flowers
Angelonia AngelMist ‘Spreading Berry Sparkler’
Dahlia Ball ‘Petra’s Wedding’
Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Dahlia ‘Penhill Watermelon’
Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’
Dahlia sp.
Lantana camara (Common lantana)
Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Hill’ (Meadow Sage)
Salvia uliginosa ‘Blue Sky’ (Bog sage)
Zinnia
Foliage
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Container
Black Matte Dish With Red Interior

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.

35 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Summer Flowers In Black Vessel

  1. Chris Mousseau

    It’s a beautiful vase – and it seems to be a good year for dahlias eh? The bowl is a great choice, really different and perfect for the large dahlia blooms. I can picture you pondering long and hard over the orange zinnia – it pops and really makes you look at the entire arrangement in a new way.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Your dahlias look magnificent, Chris. It’s been so dry and hot here I’m surprised by how many were blooming yesterday. hope we’ll get rain midweek. That zinnia is actually a deep yellow but yes, you’re right, there was some active decision making surrounding its placement. I had three very orange zinnias I kept trying but finally put them in their own vase!

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      1. Chris Mousseau

        I love orange flowers – they really need a thoughtful approach in a vase, I’ve noticed. On my very old laptop monitor your deep yellow is a lovely muted orange – it works!

      2. pbmgarden Post author

        I love orange summer flowers. My zinnia mix is a citrus blend or some such name. So far they’ve all been deep yellow or rich orange. They’re happy colors.

  2. Cathy

    So is the dish fully open at the top, or is it rimmed? How are the stems supported? It must be such a pleasure to have this vase to admire in your own home, as it is another glorious confection, but with your definite arcs of colour clearly not one you have just cobbled together! Lovely, Susie!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The bowl is open at the top. I used a large floral pin to hold the flowers. This vase just went together so smoothly for some reason. I have been enjoying it a lot today! Thanks Cathy.

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      1. pbmgarden Post author

        The one I used this week is 5×3 inches!
        Several years ago a friend brought me 8-10 floral pins she had from cleaning out her parents’ home after her mom died. They were assorted sizes and this large one is my favorite. I have some glass frogs that belonged to my grandmother but I don’t find they hold the stems well. Guess the stem has to be just the right diameter.

        My smaller floral pins are sometimes not heavy enough to support the weight of the flowers. You know you can place secure the pins using a florist’s sticky material (can’t remember a brand. It’s like a sticky eraser that you work to warm, stretch and soften. Attach to the bottom of the pin and press into the dish. (I use a plastic dish, then set the plastic dish inside the actual vase or pottery bowl. You can use multiple pins if you have more flowers but that’s when I probably would just choose floral foam.

      2. Cathy

        Ah yes, I remember you mentioned this treasure chest before – and I do have some of ghe sticky tape, bought after you have nmentioned it on your blog before. Using a dish inside a bowl is a good idea, offering further options. Thanks Susie

  3. Kris P

    Another beautiful composition, Susie. I need to hunt down a tuber of Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’ to plant next season. I planted 2 white-flowering varieties this year but neither has yet produced a single bud.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      This is the third year for one of the white dahlia plants (overwintered). I added a couple more this year. Recently I have seen this referred to as Dahlia ‘Tsuki Yori No Shisha’ — I imagine there was/is a typo that’s been carried along for years.

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  4. Noelle M

    What a delightful arrangement of some of your garden specials. The colours are so gentle, and look perfect as you have arranged them in the black vase.

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  5. greentapestry

    Oh your flowers look so beautifully arranged and oh so snug in that bowl Susie. It would take me all day to produce something looking as well arranged as that. You certainly have not only skill but much patience too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Anna! This arrangement was just a fun one and it flowed together easily. That’s not always the case, but it’s always fun to play with flowers, isn’t it?

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  6. Beth@PlantPostings

    Very pretty. As always your vase selection and the creativity of the arrangement are so special. Your Dahlias are gorgeous! We were in the high 80s and 90s most of the summer here in S. Wisconsin, believe it or not. It appears the heat has broken and we’re now getting lovely low 80s and high 70s for the next 10 days. 🙂 Stay cool!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The heat must have been a shock this summer Beth! It’s been bad here especially because we’ve had so little rain. Glad you are getting some reasonable temps. Sounds lovely.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Eliza. It was fun to have a good number of one kind of dahlia to work with. The ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’ has surprised me with so many blooms.

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  7. Cathy

    The dahlias are lovely Susie, and you have once again created a beautiful vase. The shape of the white arc and the trail of pink is something an amateur like me wouldn’t even think to attempt. Such thought goes into each of your arrangements. 😃

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy! I think we share flowers each Monday just because we love it. Your generous, overflowing vases are ebullient and happy. I think I’m a bit of a control freak!

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  8. Annette

    All your arrangements are delightful, Susie, and this one is no exception. I don’t know how you do it but even with such a mixed lot you achieve a unique harmony, elegance and balance.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Annette. It’s true it’s more challenging to work with just whatever happens to be blooming. On the other hand it’s good to have some parameters to work with. Hope you are doing well. Thank you!

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