In A Vase On Monday-Mass Of Pink And White

In A Vase On Monday – Mass Of Pink And White

Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

It feels like summer now complete with high humidity, soaring temperatures and little rain. Today’s mass design relies on two hydrangeas that are enlivening the garden this week.

In A Vase On Monday – Mass Of Pink And White

Featured are white flowers of H. quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ and pink flowers from a passalong H. macrophylla.  I am not such a big fan of pink and would prefer to be sharing this mophead hydrangea in blue, but the soil at my house is too alkaline. I know it’s possible to increase the acidity of the soil to get the blue I desire but I’ve never gotten around to it.

In A Vase On Monday – Mass Of Pink And White

The hydrangeas are joined by more pink and white, courtesy of my last peonies for the season.

I had stored a few peony buds in the refrigerator for several weeks before bringing them out in time for a visit from my sister-in-law last Tuesday. Some buds opened immediately, while others opened unhurriedly and ended up in today’s vase. Both Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ and P. ‘Festiva Maxima’ are deliciously fragrant.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura), Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony), Hydrangea macrophylla

Seeing Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’  in the garden this week was a surprise and I could not resist tucking a bit into this Monday vase. Gaura has never thrived here and I thought it had disappeared completely.

Gaura and Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)

Materials
Flowers
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Hydrangea macrophylla
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)
Foliage
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

In A Vase On Monday – Mass Of Pink And White

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

Paean To Penstemon

In late spring Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ enlivens my garden meditation circle with red-inspired stems and leaves and spires of white blooms.

Occasionally a flower’s throat is lightly brushed with ruby.

Hummingbirds recently visited these beauties; butterflies and bees are also attracted.

The plants have self-seeded over the years, usually parking themselves directly in the meditator’s path, rather than along the labyrinth’s wall as designed. But it is easy to relocate them or for that matter to simply to step aside mindfullyobserving, noticing–feeling gratitude.

Verbena bonariensis peeking from among the Penstemon

While other penstemon (beardtongue) are short-lived in my garden Husker Red thrives.

In A Vase On Monday-Accent On Green

In A Vase On Monday – Accent On Green

Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – Accent On Green

The garden has moved on from irises and peonies, bringing a temporary lull in color. Dahlia tubers are coming up; zinnia seeds need to be planted. Meanwhile, the garden is greener, quieter, subtler.

Greens form the foundation of today’s vase. With Verbena bonariensis being the exception, flowers in this floral design are just coming into bloom.

Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

The design is a base of green with accents of color from the violet-hued verbena and from red leaves and stems of Husker’s Red.

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)

The soft gray-green of lamb’s ear is specked with a few pink blooms.

Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear)

Rich blue flowers will soon appear on Black and Blue salvia. Its tender young lime-green leaves form a stark contrast.

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

The salvia’s leaves echo the light green inflorescence of Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers.’  Ruby Slippers will evolve its color into pink and burgundy.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’

Materials
Flowers
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Foliage
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Black Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

Happy gardening!

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday—Peonies

In A Vase On Monday – Peonies

Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

The garden reached its springtime peak this week as irises, roses and peonies shared the spotlight in the borders. Today’s vase focuses on 3 varieties of frilly pink peonies with a couple stems of phlox and roses as companions.

In A Vase On Monday – Peonies

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ was the first peony I bought for my garden—fully double, vibrant pink, lightly fragrant.

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’ has salmon-pink and rose flowers with a double center and is highly fragrant.

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’ (on right)

I think this light pastel pink is Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt,’ a passalong from my garden club friend Jane. This is its second year in my garden but its first year blooming. Flowers are large and very fragrant.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’

Materials
Flowers
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ (passalong from Jane)
Phlox divaricata (passalong Woodland phlox)
Rosa (old-fashioned family passalong rose)
Foliage
Container
Tall Glass Vase

Have a great week!

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

Maybe Aster?

Thanks for your help with identifying this plant.  I was able to search back through my photos using your suggestions and I suppose it is this aster. For some reason last fall I had decided it was something else, but didn’t take recent pictures. This is from 2006 so I should know it well by now, but must have put up a mental block.

The past several years I have not stayed on top of the garden and this plant is running thoughout my irises and taking over, as I showed in the last post.  Guess I’ll start pulling it out again!