In a Vase on Monday – The same but different

Monday is the day when Cathy from Rambling in the garden asks us all to join her in picking flowers from our own gardens and plonking or arranging them in a vase to enjoy during the week in our homes.

Again there were a lot of flowers to pick and to be honest a lot of spent blooms that needed dead-heading, I really do need to do this job every couple of days as this morning I cut off more dead blooms than fresh ones from the Cosmos (all kinds).  There is an interesting balance between having enough of any one kind of flower to be able to produce the kind of vase I want and having so many flowers that they aren’t picked at all; I do enjoy them in the garden though as not much else is flowering in the heat.

The blooms on the sunflowers are much smaller now but that makes them easier to arrange.  I used the same slender conical vase as last week, so pretty much the same as last week.

It was a little cooler this morning so I was able to photograph the vases outside

It was a little cooler this morning so I was able to photograph the vases outside

The dark sunflowers (H. Earth Walker) have very short stems but work quite well as the base of the arrangement

The dark sunflowers (H. Earth Walker) have very short stems but work quite well as the base of the arrangement

The Zinnias go from strength to strength, with more plants producing flowers, some in slightly different colours.  My main vase this week has masses of foliage from the lemon basil which fortunately self-seeded in the bed it had been planted in last year; I say fortunately as this year’s seedlings were grazed by an unknown ‘something’ in the greenhouse early on and I didn’t have any more seed; I rather suspect it was a locust I found in the greenhouse but it could just have easily been less exotic snails.  I was pleased to find flowers on the Alstroemerias that I bought in a pot last year, they weren’t as tall as I would like but the fact that they survived the winter outside with no protection encourages me to but some more to plant out.  I did remember that you are supposed to pull the stems from the ground to encourage new stems, the bonus of doing this means that at least they are as long as possible.

I used my classic cream coloured vase for my main vase today

I used my classic cream coloured vase for my main vase today

The Alstroemias were a good match in colour to some of the Zinnias

The Alstroemias were a good match in colour to some of the Zinnias

I included some white Cosmos and White Antirrhinums to pick up on the white in the Alstroemias

I included some white Cosmos and White Antirrhinums to pick up on the white in the Alstroemias

What to do with the rest of the flowers I picked today?

What to do with the rest of the flowers I picked today?

Having such an abundance of flowers I put together a very quick hand-tied bouquet for a friend that I’m going to have tea with this afternoon, and yes contrary to popular opinion many Italians like tea, more than I do to tell the truth!

My hand-tie sitting in a bowl ready to be taken to a friend

My hand-tie sitting in a bowl ready to be taken to a friend

As you will have noticed there were also a lot of orange Cosmos; this week I decided to use them for my kitchen vase, very simply a blue vase with flower stems of Lemon Basil.

Orange Cosmos

Orange Cosmos

Orange Cosmos with Lemon Basil flower stems in a blue vase

Orange Cosmos with Lemon Basil flower stems in a blue vase

What can you find in your garden to pick today?  Thanks you Cathy for hosting; love your blooms today.

43 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – The same but different

  1. Bellissimi! quello nel vaso bianco è freschissimo, come l’aria nuova che finalemente sta arrivando! e mi piace molto anche cosmos arancio e basilico!!! brava! 🙂

  2. Excellent work Christina, each vase is special and the outdoor background enhances. I adore the classic cream arrangement and the complementary blue and orange combination in your last one is perfect. Glad you’re still have so many choices. I’ve been away for a few days and am not sure what I’ll find today.

    • I’m not sure how much longer I’ll have so many flowers; as I highlighted I haven’t been dead heading enough and some plants are dying, thinking they’ve done their job of producing flowers. It is lovely to have so many vases around the house. I’m sure you’ll find something gorgeous to pick and arrange.

  3. Where to begin…the orange cosmos in the blue vase…or the buckets of flowers and bouquet for a friend….and then the cream colored vase with the orangey-pink blooms, I think my favorite along with the orange cosmos….what a treat this week again Christina seeing all your cut flowers!

  4. Abundance of choice indeed! But you have worked hard to achieve this. All your vases are so inspirational I couldn’t choose a favourite but I do like the colours in your second vase. The whites and salmon pinks go so well together and it looks so fresh and inviting.

  5. What plenty there is in your cutting garden, Christina! My red sunflowers (which may be ‘Moulin Rouge’) are still producing sporadic blooms but the yellow ones have mostly given up. The Zinnias have perked up and I hope they’ll continue producing for a while longer yet but I don’t have anything that measures up to yours – that white vase with Zinnias, Cosmos and Alstroemeria is glorious.

  6. So many lovely arrangements Christina. I love your cheery sunflowers again and the plain vase with Zinnias and Alstroemeria is delightful. I love the orange Cosmos too.
    The dead heading does become a chore at this time of the year.

    • The problem is, Liz, that it is so hot that I only have a window of a couple of hours to do all the jobs that need to be done, after that I retreat inside and read!

    • I have decided not to be precious about the hand ties; I’m never going to produce one as good as florists’ standards but it is a nice way to take flowers to friends as they don’t have to put them into water immediately, there is enough water in the cellophane to keep the flowers going for a couple of days.

  7. Fantastic vases this week, Christina! I love the peachy alstromeria and zinnias, so pretty, and the blue vase with orange cosmos has a nice, but simple, punch – lucky you to have such abundance and how fortunate for your friend! 🙂

  8. Your cutting garden is certainly doing its job this year Christina!! I do not even attempt to use all the flowers from mine, but I just love having all that fresh colour to look at – even in August when much of the garden looks quite flat. Well done for remembering to pull your Alstroemerias – I planted some last year and mine have survived the winter as well which is encouraging – don’t they look lovely with your zinnias.

    • I will definitely invest in more Alstoemerias, I think they are very elegant and should last well in the vase. I am more aware than ever this year that at the height of summer I hardly go into the garden it is so hot, so it is wonderful to fill the house with flowers so that I can enjoy them in the relative cool.

      • I know it is not as hot here Christina but I still find I am spending less time in the garden as it is quite humid and there are a lot of wasps. We look forward to summer so much but the reality is often very different to the image!

    • The long conical vase needs dramatic flowers to look good, Agapanthus, a few stems of Gladioli; very long stemmed roses would also be nice but my roses never have such long stems.

  9. All these vases are lovely – I particularly like the sunflowers in the wrought iron one and your cosmos are great too. My cosmos are very sulky this year – I think it’s been too wet in Manchester and my sunflowers got eaten too this year. ah well there’s always next year…. I’ve got oranges, yellows and red in my vase this week even though most of the garden is pinks, whites and purple 🙂 have a good week. love bec xx

    • Hi Bec, thank you for visiting My Hesperides Garden and taking time to leave a comment. I’ve read that a lot of people have had problems with their sunflowers being eaten this year; mine are coming to an end; next year I should try to sow some later for a second flowering.

      • youre welcome – I often look around your blog and it gives me lots of ideas for my sunny front garden (I should comment more often but I’m off work today so more time). I can’t grow much from seed as small windowsill and no room in my little garden for even a tiny greenhouse 😦 oh well. good luck for the sunflowers next year 🙂 love bec xx

        • It’s always lovely to hear from new people and hear their views about the things I write about. I rarely read a blog without leaving a comment unless I am very short of time or it isn’t a wordpress blog which means it takes ages to leave a comment.

          • Im often reading blogs on my phone so that can be a real pain – I’m on a mission to comment more – I’ve learnt such alot from all you lovely gardening bloggers and also how to display flowers in vases (and all sort of other things like cups) xx

  10. All lovely, Christina – and the orange cosmos look especially stunning so it was clearly worth trying them again. I managed to get a couple of plants to flowering stage but they were very late to flower – and quite short. Are yours short too? Your sunflowers could be any height in that first photo, a great way to show them off. It’s intriguing to see what you come up with each week as the heat takes a toll on your garden 😉

    • I grew two kinds of orange Cosmos, Millennium and Polidor; one type is quite tall and the stems are long but I wasn’t very efficient in marking which ones were planted where! I think with all of these annuals it is important to cut the first flowers as low as possible to encourage long stems as they get taller.

  11. Fabulous vases Christina. I do like the shape of the first one. I’ve never seen orange cosmos in the flesh as it were. They look most striking. It sounds as if your daytime temperatures are slowly becoming more palatable.

  12. The sunflowers are interesting, I’m looking for a red one that is not brownish. I like the lemon balm with the orange cosmos, it has a look almost like a fireworks exploding, and goes great with the blue vase. The hand-tied bouquet must be an art, I don’t know how to put one together. What a lovely hostess gift.

    • Hi Hannah, my dark sunflowers are H. Earthwalker and are all shades of brown, let me know if you find a good red. I learnt how to do a hand-tied bouquet by watching videos on Youtube, Sarah Raven shows a cheats way of doing one that is quite helpful.

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