2015.08.03 In a vase on Monday – summer!

Monday is when Cathy from Rambling in the garden asks us to pick flowers from our gardens to enjoy in our homes so very early this morning before it became too hot to go outside I picked three buckets of flowers and let them have a long drink while I did other things.

The flowers are, of course the same as those in my vases last week, so the new challenge is to arrange them differently each week so that they still give pleasure and a spark of surprise.

A tall elegand vase with a mix of sunflowers for the sideboard

A tall elegant vase with a mix of sunflowers for the sideboard

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Deep shades of Cosmos and Tithonia in 5 square section tall vases on the mantle shelf in the kitchen

Deep shades of Cosmos and Tithonia in 5 square section tall vases on the mantle shelf in the kitchen

Deep shades of Cosmos and Tithonia in 5 square section tall vases on the mantle shelf in the kitchen

Deep shades of Cosmos and Tithonia in 5 square section tall vases on the mantle shelf in the kitchen

Deep shades of Cosmos and Tithonia in 5 square section tall vases on the mantle shelf in the kitchen

Deep shades of Cosmos and Tithonia in 5 square section tall vases on the mantle shelf in the kitchen

Cylindrical glass vase with Zinnias in the kitchen

Cylindrical glass vase with Zinnias in the kitchen

My new love, Zinnias, they just keep getting better

My new love, Zinnias, they just keep getting better

Have you noticed the yellow stars that surround the central part of the flower, aren’t they beautiful?

 

There were also Dahlias, pale pink Cosmos, White Cosmos and some pale pink Zinnias which didn’t quite go with the vibrant hues of the other zinnias; these will be made into a hand tied bouquet to take to a friend later this afternoon, perhaps Ill show it to you in my next post.

Thank you Cathy for thinking up this meme and challenging us all to join in, why don’t you join in too; all you need is a few flowers picked from the garden and a little imagination.

31 thoughts on “2015.08.03 In a vase on Monday – summer!

  1. You certainly have a bountiful garden. The colours are really rich and vibrant. Yes I can see the stars, I always look at the detail of individual blooms. There is so much to marvel at.

  2. I love all your sunflowers, they are so cheery. The Zinnias are gorgeous too. You are right, they do have circles of stars- so pretty. I am growing them for the first time this year. I love them.

  3. Three buckets full of flowers! How wonderful to have such choice. I like all the vases and especially the repeating ones on the mantel. They look so happy to be there!

  4. I adore the bright sunflowers – I grew two varieties this year which I can highly recommend, (Helianthus ‘Claret’ and ‘Ruby Eclipse’) which are almost over now, but I will save the seed for next year.

  5. This really is summer in a vase and I love all the inventive ways you display your flowers. I’m a vase on the mantelpiece or table sort of arrranger but I feel I’m learning new tricks all the time. I think my allotment neighbour is growing zinnias, so I must talk to her about cultivation although having just read Sarah Raven’s advice I suspect this is a very good year for zinnias and in a damp cool English summer they may not perform as well.

  6. Your kitchen must be a glorious place to be, Christina! I love all those cheery vases along the mantle. Your first vase reminds me that I too have a glass and wrought iron vase buried somewhere in the depths of my kitchen that might work with sunflowers (or Agapanthus if I had any left) – if I can find enough flowers in my garden next week, perhaps I’ll pull it out.

  7. Oh Christina, they are all so lovely. Your first vase is perfect for the sunflowers as, like you have said before, they are not always easy to display – and then comes your grouping on the manelpiece…SO effective! And zinnias too 🙂 You must be in your element with with today’s trio so thank you so much for sharing them 🙂

  8. Bright summer blooms Christina. My sunflowers are needing a vase next week and your simple vase of sunflowers reminds me so….and oh the zinnias. They are a must for next year. On my list to buy seed. I love that row of vases!

  9. You have made the sunflowers look very elegant in that tall vase Christina – a great achievement as they are notoriously hard to arrange with! I love the colours of your zinnias – they are one of my favourite late summer flowers & I am looking forward to mine getting going soon – lots of buds but very few flowers this week.

    • Yes, I do find sunflowers difficult to arrange, especially mixed with other flowers. They did work last week but I prefer them as they are this week. Which Zinnias do you grow? This is my first year and I bought some very cheap mixed ones from a DIY store here and some green ones from Sarah Raven; the mixed ones have done really well the green, less so, but I would prefer to grow individual colours even if I don’t grow them all every year.

  10. Your flowers really represent summer, such hot colors, and like the rays of the sun as well. I like the two colors of sunflowers together, and the ripples in the glass make the stems look rippled as well. The whole row of Zinnias and Cosmos are such fiery colors, and look so decorative.

    • Welcome to My Hesperides garden Hannah, actually the orange in the rows of flowers are Tithonia (Mexican sunflower not Zinnias but they do look similar and work well in a vase together ; both flowers have such good depth of colour.

  11. Your sunflower arrangement and vase give them a rustic elegance, mine always look like a farmyard mess, still colorful but lacking something. I really like it.
    The colors mix of the tithonia and zinnas is also a favorite, they’re so bright and warm and lively and I’m liking that color mix more and more these days.
    Love the zinnias. I bought several new types last winter and all the seeds seem to have drowned this spring. there’s always next year but I miss them now. To add insult to injury the three seedlings which did manage to survive were nibbled to nubs.

    • Although I’m new to Zinnias I’m already aware that they love the sun and heat as long as there is enough water; I will probably sow mine a bit later next year as they didn’t grow well after germination when it was still cool.

  12. Oooh, what a lovely selection. I’m missing my Tithonias this year – I grew buckets last year. At least I have lots of Zinnias to look forward to – clearly not as advanced as yours.

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