In a Vase on Monday – eye protection required

Cathy at Rambling in the garden managed to post a beautiful vase today even if she is hundreds of miles from home!  Our challenge is to find something in our own gardens to put in a vase to enjoy all week.

The cutting gardens is very full of flowers, I’m not keeping up with picking at all so today spurred on by this meme I picked buckets of flowers.  Chose which you like best, and let me know.

I have a lovely multi-coloured vase that a friend made and this week I think I have matched its colours with the colour of the flowers beautifully.

Zinnias provide the zing along with Tithonia and Cosmos

Zinnias provide the zing along with Tithonia and Cosmos

I wouldn't usually put crimson and orange Cosmos in the same vase but I like it, it's fun

I wouldn’t usually put crimson and orange Cosmos in the same vase but I like it, it’s fun

I am a new fan of Zinnias

I am a new fan of Zinnias

The vase was made by a friend

The vase was made by a friend

Sorry about the colour, I did say you needed sunglasses!

Sorry about the colour, I did say you needed sunglasses!

The camera couldn’t cope with the light and the colour of these blooms.  It is nearly as bright in reality so a very joyful vase to see.

Sunflowers, Tithonia, Cosmos and Rudbeckia in a classic blue vase

Sunflowers, Tithonia, Cosmos and Rudbeckia in a classic blue vase

Sunflowers, Tithonia, Cosmos and Rudbeckia

Sunflowers, Tithonia, Cosmos and Rudbeckia

A little more subtle for the vase for the dining room.

I used a square glass vase and pebbles for support

I used a square glass vase and pebbles for support

Dahlia 'Magenta Star' with white dahlias, and dark and medium toned pink Cosmos

Dahlia ‘Magenta Star’ with white dahlias, and dark and medium toned pink Cosmos

Some of the green (?) zinnias are flowers so found a place in this vase

Some of the green (?) zinnias are flowers so found a place in this vase

So many flowers to enjoy

So many flowers to enjoy

What can you find to share with Cathy? do  visit her post and be inspired by all the vases being made today.

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54 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – eye protection required

  1. You are surrounded by super-abundance of beautiful flowers. I can’t even pick a favorite–each of your arrangements has its own aura. I like the hot, salsa pizazz of that first one very much. The zinnias are amazing. The dining room vase is gorgeous with its more subdued, but still vibrant, colors. I admire how you’ve staged the middle design. The oranges and yellows are fantastic with the blue accessories. It’s fun to imagine you in the midst of all these blooms.

    • As is apparent from all my vases over the last few weeks the flowers I’ve grown for cutting fall into 2 colour themes plus white; vibrant oranges and yellows suit the colour scheme of the sitting room, the purple / pinks are a good match or the dark wood colour of the dining room able and white is lovely on its own and mixed with the other colours; there isn’t any blue at the moment, something to think about for next year.

  2. You are so fortunate to have a cutting garden Christina. Better than my two short rows of gladioli. I love the hot colours and the cheerful vessels you’ve chosen for them. We just need the weather to match them now!

    • I stole the cuttings beds from the vegetable garden. To grow vegetables or flowers for cutting, the beds have to be irrigated; having some flowers when all else in the garden is hibernating in the drought it a great tonic and I am aware how lucky I am.

  3. Absolutely beautiful selection of flowers and vases. I always have thought how important it is to choose an appropriate flower vase that goes with the flowers. P.S. I am glad that you had some rain. Amelia’s flowers and shrubs are really suffering here in France and I get the feeling that everything is moving one gear towards autumn. – Kourosh

    • The rain was wonderful although today has been as hot as ever, but over the weekend the evenings were very pleasant. I can’t believe that we’re going into autumn yet, early August is usually our hottest time.

  4. Definitely eye-popping colors in your vases this week, Christina! The zinnias,etc. in your friend’s vase reminds me of the mod-colored fabrics of the late 60s – love it! The orange-themed blue vase is nice as is the pink/white one, which gives our eyes a bit of a rest – lol! The ‘Magenta Star’ dahlia is such a lovely color. Your cutting gardens must be so beautiful to behold.

  5. Summer is a great time for those hot colors, the Zinnias and Cosmos are great together in a vase, and match the colors in your first arrangement so well. I like all the oranges and golds together too, they are really bright and sunny. The pinks and white are lovely too, I wish I could grow cosmos.

  6. Wow, your cutting garden is exploding! All your vases look great but I like the first one best. People say that pink and orange clash but I think they amplify one another.

  7. Fabulous Christina…I adore the vase your friend made and you have certainly matched it with these flowers,…such rich bright colors you had fun with here….I love zinnias but only one bloomed this year but I am not thwarted and will try again….my seed was old and I know that was why they did not germinate. And the other 2 vases are equally impressive….

  8. The first vase is the one I remember from last year, I think, that made me keep some empty cans with the intention of painting them in bright colours like this – and you have done it justice with these stunningly zingy flowers. Great to have your tithonia and zinnias – and you managed at least ONE green zinnia, hurrah! 🙂 Your third vase is pretty too, but no competition when we have already seen your showstopping first one!!

    • I plant of the green zinnias is growing but now I’m not 100% sure if it was from the special seed or the mixed pack; they are shorter than the brightly coloured ones. I’m not sure how much I like them is comparison with the bright crimsons and I love the orange with a pink caste!

  9. Love…both the flowers and the stripe vase. I always try for unusual (bright?) flowers, and of course, zinnias are so perfect for that. They are a real go-to at this time of year. And then the lovely pink cosmos are always perfect. Nice, nice selection here!

    • I always think of zinnias as an American flower and I’ve never thought of growing them before so that something that is very ordinary for most American gardeners seems quite exotic to me, plus they are fabulous colours!

  10. Instant glowing sunshine in a vase Christina and thanks for brightening up what seems like a windy and wet October morning here. I’ve grown a handful of zinnias from seed but they have still to flower. I do like the dining room vase but on a day like this top two vases are the stars of the show for me.

  11. Love them all – they are the sunshine we are very much lacking at the moment. Like Anna, I’ve grown a few zinnias from seed but it’s been an uphill job getting them to flower, presumably because of the amount of rain and how cold it has been so far this summer. Next year will be better 🙂

  12. They are all beautiful but the top one is the favourite, the colours are gorgeous.
    Sorry to be a bit late but I keep having problems with my WordPress reader dropping blogs. Yours has disappeared again.

  13. stunning vases – I love pink flowers so, for me, the vase with the Dahlia and Cosmos is a winner. (I am also having to learn the ways of WordPress with my new blog – leaving comments is proving tricky at the moment …)

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