In a Vase on Monday – One white and one dark

We were away at the weekend staying with friends who had taken a house in Tuscany; As today had been forecast to rain from 7 in the morning until 9 tonight I thought it wise to pick my flowers for today’s vase for Cathy immediately – there were a huge number of flowers screaming out to be picked and because of the forecast I picked almost all of them, filling 4 containers!

My intention was to use the rich dark Dahlias with oranges and pinks and create something truly sumptuous, but as always once I began it didn’t actually turn out like that at all; something to try in the future.

My first vase is white (again! I hear you cry) but with added blue fitting as Cathy has very kindly also dedicated her white vase to me this week.

White Dahlias

White Dahlias

The first Amaranthus caudatus 'Viridis', rather short and suffering from black fly so I had to wash them carefully before putting them in the vase

The first Amaranthus caudatus ‘Viridis’, rather short and suffering from black fly so I had to wash them carefully before putting them in the vase

White and blue Larkspur, white/green carnations, white Zinnias

White and blue Larkspur, white/green carnations, white Zinnias

White and blue - In a vase on Monday

White and blue – In a vase on Monday

It hasn’t actually rained continuously as had been threatened so I managed to photograph this vase outside, always more successful if I can do it.

While we were away I bought a new crystal vase from a great factory shop.  It has an interesting shape in that the base is square but the top flares out to be round.

More dahlias, Gladioli, Zinnias, last week's Teucrium and Cleome

More dahlias, Gladioli, Zinnias, last week’s Teucrium and Cleome

White, mauve, pink and dark maroon sounds a strange mix but think it works well

White, mauve, pink and dark maroon sounds a strange mix but think it works well

In a vase on Monday 2

In a vase on Monday 2

There are more flowering still in the buckets so I will perhaps achieve the orange and dark colours I’d first thought of.

So as always thank you Cathy for hosting and do visit her to see her gorgeous vase today and to find links to other vases which I’m sure will all surprise by their diversity.

If the rains holds off long enough I will try to post about the cut flower beds again tomorrow; if any of you would like to join me, just leave a link with a comment.

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54 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – One white and one dark

  1. These are both wonderful, well-conceived vases. Your blue and white larkspur added to the white vase give richness and depth. And that white zinnia again is a stand-out. I finally planted my zinnia seeds last week and some were up within two days. Looking forward to seeing your future orange and pink concoction.

    • Your comments are very kind and encouraging; sometimes a vase comes together but I always learn something. I have used all the rest of the flowers and the arrangement is fun but not quite as I imagined.

  2. What riches!
    Must be nice to have an overabundance of flowers to choose from. My sypply is running low. I am amazed your dahlias are out and very lovely they are too.

    • Dahlias are amazing, here in Italy I leave them in the ground over winter and just cover them with a thick layer of mulch. The warm soil spurs them into growth quite early; they are almost all beginning to flower now.

    • Ciao Lidia, non sono proprio Delphinium sono Larkspur che sono annuale invece di perenne. Non solo molto difficile però hanno bisogno di un trattamento di freddo prima che si germogliano.

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  4. Dahlia envy begins! 😉 I love that maroon one. I did plant 4 dahlias this year because of others I saw last year IAVOM, so fingers crossed, the slugs won’t decimate them! Has it started to get very hot there? Things are starting to warm up here.

  5. Absolutely stunning Christina…I love your unique white vases. You have so many wonderful white flowers I am envious…the touch of purple is perfect. And the new vase is fabulous as are the colors in it. My that is a warm and sunny summer vase!

  6. I love the coolness of the first vase and look forward to my own green amaranthus flowering as it was such a star last year. The shape of your new vase will be a great asset for future Mondays and now you have discovered the factory shop no doubt you will add to your collection the next time yo visit! Your second vase was a real slap in the face – sorry, shock to the system! – with its dazzling brightness, particularly after the restrained first one! Zinnias seem to be a perfect flower for vases with those very sturdy looking stems – no buds on mine yet though. I am glad the rain wasn’t as bad as forecast Christina – it’s been on and off here most of the day, but not heavy. Look forward to seeing your cutting bed post tomorrow and thank you as always for your vases today

    • Thanks for your kind assessment of today’s vases, the third vase is even more startling! Actually I’ll be joining the other Cathy tomorrow for a view on Tuesday so it will be Wednesday for the post about the cut flower beds. I don’t know how I didn’t know about Zinnias but they are amazing and easy; you could easily have enough flowers for a vase every week from quite a small bed of them!

  7. My vases also rarely turn out as planned but you can certainly be proud of these arrangements Christina! I really love the first one with cool colours and the square vase. Those bright zinnias are so lovely too – perfect for cutting. 🙂

  8. Both vases are just lovely and you’ve made me miss my Larkspur. There is nothing quite as blue, although yours look a bit more double than any I grew. The burgundy Dahlia in the second vase is the prize that holds it all together. Cheers.

    • I really like larkspur as a cut flower but it doesn’t last very well in the vase for me. The dark Dahlia is a joy, I’ll look out the name for next time I use it.

            • I leave them in the ground here, and in fact even in the UK if it is free draining soil mot people are leaving and mulching well. I think they are tougher than we used to think. Probably the biggest risk is that the new shoots are eaten by slugs or snails.

            • I just looked at Dahlia website, not recommended above Zone 9B and must be kept moist. I am 10A and live on sugar sand (does not actually retain water!) Not so sure about trying Dahlias.

            • My tuffo rock soil doesn’t retain water either but I put lots of organic matter on the vegetable and cut flower beds and they are irrigated. I never really know what the zones mean, sorry.

            • I guess the zones are an American thing, some publisher in California did the whole country and there are hundreds of zones, really absurdly over the top. I am having trouble growing Salvia in amended soil!

            • So true, I say sometimes throw the books away. I don’t think Salvia is particularly drought tolerant. I bought some Tropical Red that is native here..wilting and more wilting.

  9. Oh the weather doesn’t sound any better with you than it is here Christina. It looks as if you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to filling your vases both of which are most attractive. I am smiling at the thought of you washing the dreaded blackfly off your amarunthus. You did an excellent job. I didn’t know that they attracted blackfly so will be keeping my eyes peeled on my amaranthus plants. I like your new addition to your vase family.

    • It is so interesting how a pest will find a plant it likes; I don’t think I’ve seen blackfly on anything else in the garden (other aphids, yes but not blackfly).

  10. I love the blue and white combination. You are so talented with your combinations. I also really like the pink and white with the dark maroon, for a bit of drama!

  11. You’ve done a fantastic job as usual, Christina. The amaranthus is a particularly nice addition to the white and blue vase and I love the energy the Teucrium adds to the second vase.

    • Your generous comments are much appreciated when you produce such lovely vases yourself. I hope the Amaranthus grows to produce the long stems and flowers I was expecting.

  12. Two very lovely vases – and wonderful colour combinations! I would not have thought of pairing dahlias and zinnias, but it looks marvelous! Growing annuals here has been quite a learning process as the seasons are so different, so I am always weighing which ones to try next… Seeing your use of larkspur here definitely pushes it high up on the list 🙂

    • The summer vase looks better in life than in the flashed images, how strange is it that I love Dahlias as cut flowers and was always so sniffy about them in gardens we visited together.

  13. Christina dos floreros maravillosos. El blanco tiene un toque especial con el Lankspur azul que es precioso. El segundo tiene un colorido fantástico con las dalias tan bonitas. Me encantan los dos. Gracias por alegrarnos el día con tanta belleza. Saludos de Margarita.

  14. Wonderful vases as always, Christina – I so admire your style – not only the flowers but your pebble trick – still haven’t tried it! And you are fast converting me to white (you and Cathy both). The teucrium really adds something to your second gladiolus vase, doesn’t it?

    • I’m not sure I’ve used the Teucrium in other years; this was from last week’s vase, the only flower worth reusing. It seeds itself every where but is easy to pull up if I don’t want it in a particular place.

    • No, sorry I don’t know the name of the carnation because it was a cutting taken from a bought bouquet; it is very easy to strike carnations so if you see one you like as a cut flower it is worth buying it to use for propagation.

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