Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
Another week passed without rain and even the zinnias appear tired of the situation. Before the zinnias end their season I want to bring them to the forefront of a Monday vase. Throughout the summer they have provided nectar for pollinators while adding plenty of zingy color to the borders.
In searching for a vase today I found a unique ceramic piece, crafted in high school by our daughter. The container is sculptural, not functional, not built to hold water. Neither was inside the main compartment wide enough to hold an insert like a water bottle, but I couldn’t resist arranging the flowers in it anyway without water for a brief time.
This side of the vase has several compartments and a dark blue tree and bright yellow sun decoration.
The back view has a sun with a larger tree design.
After a quick photo shoot on a beautiful October Sunday afternoon, I moved the flowers into a favorite stoneware pitcher to rehydrate and live out the week. The white semi-cactus Dahlia ‘Tsuki Yori No Shisha’ play a support role this week.
Zinnia Cactus Flowered Mix
Dahlia ‘Gallery Pablo’
Dahlia ‘Tsuki Yori No Shisha’
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)
Ceramic Slab Vase with Tree and Sun Decoration. MLMB, circa 1997.
Stoneware pitcher. Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977.
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.
I love the sculpture your daughter made in high school!! All your Monday post are so great to start the week. Thanks, Jane
Thank you Jane. She had forgotten about this one–she’s a joy and still full of ideas.
Your daughter really made an unique piece. I have a few art class ceramics displayed around the house.
Thanks Judy. Keepsakes like this are such treasures.
Beautiful flowers, lovely vase, and a very talented daughter. That’s a lovely piece.
Thanks Judy. She’s an architect now and continues to amaze us!
What a lovely creation– your daughter is quite talented! Like mother, like daughter, I suppose. 🙂 Beautiful arrangement. I picked the last of my dahlias and zinnias for the season yesterday. A rather bittersweet time of year, ending the stream of fresh arrangements for the house. Store bought just isn’t the same.
Thanks Eliza, she is an architect now and creative in her other pursuits as well. It is sad to say goodbye to the flowers this time of year. I have a few camellias and a late chrysanthemum but I’m looking ahead to iris season.
You have a daughter with talent Susie. The Vase she made is a great ornament, which I am sure you treasure. The balance of colours with the zinnias and dahlias look perfect in the autumn light.
Thanks Noelle, I do treasure her vase and am lucky to have many other pieces she created. She’s an architect now and continues to be very creative in many directions. Savoring the last few dahlias and zinnias.
That is such an intriguing vase that your daughter made – I especially like the side with the tree, and the shape is a real asset for your blooms. I have a number of buds on my zinnias but I am not sure they will actually open now, although the plants still look really healthy – what condition are yours in? I was looking at zinnia seeds for next year and can’t decide if I like the yellow ones or not!! Yours look brilliant in your zesty arrangement though and again you have used greenery to great effect.
Thanks Cathy. Hope you get a few zinnias to flower. Have they bloomed at all yet? My zinnia plants are covered in mildew and some are turning brown but the flowers are still going so i’m keeping them in hopes a butterfly will find them. I’m not big on yellow flowers but have enjoyed this orange and yellow combo. Next year I’ll look for more colors though.
Yes, they ahve been flowering from June onwards, but it’s a shame that they are still healthy when the weather is not conducive to any more blooms. It’s one of the reasons I prefer to sow mine earlier, to ensure I have blooms for as long as possible. I haven’t decided wjether to go for a mix of colours or not – a blend might be OK, but I shall have some single colours as well, I think
Your daughter’s high school creation is as wonderful as the other pieces you’ve shared. This one seems very appropriate to the Halloween season even though it’s not pointedly addressing that. You’ll need to grow some straw flowers next year so you can use it! Of course, your arrangement is also displayed beautifully in your striped jug as well.
Our daughter delights us with her ideas. I do need to plant straw flowers, yes! Not big on Halloween though. Our neighborhood held a big BooFest event Saturday and it was fun to see the kids (and adults too) dressed up for Halloween. I stayed masked up and was only there a few minutes though. Still not interested in crowds.
Lovely and bright
Thanks. Zinnias seem like happy flowers to me.
Perfect title for your post, and the flowers and foliage (and vases) look perfect together. 🙂
Thanks Beth, those zinnia colors have brightened up the garden so well this summer. I will miss them.
Your daughter’s vase is fantastic and certainly perfect for the blooms. I don’t usually choose yellows and oranges, but I love the happy, cottage garden look of this arrangement.
Thanks. I’m not big on yellows either but in zinnias it works ok. Love blue and green most. Have a fun week.
Oh, the vase is better than the flowers in it!