In a Vase on Monday – Zinnias forever!

A little late I know but I was laid low yesterday with a virus so I know that Cathy at Rambling in the garden will forgive my tardiness in joining her and all those who share a vase of flowers picked from their own gardens every Monday.

The flowers were picked and arranged on Saturday as heavy rain had been predicted for Saturday and Sunday – in the end there was just a quick shower but there had been heavy rain during Friday evening and night, so heavy I was worried that many blooms would be ruined, but my concern was unfounded and the Zinnias in particular go from strength to strength.

In a vase on Monday more Zinnias in shades of pink and orange with Dahlias and Aster 'Monte Cassino'

In a vase on Monday more Zinnias in shades of pink and orange with Dahlias and Aster ‘Monte Cassino’

I am becoming more confident in my arranging, angling the flowers so that fill the space all around the vase itself.  Being lucky enough to have such a bounteous quantity of flowers gives me ample opportunity to practice, something that would never have happened if I were using bought flowers.

I love these rich, sumptuous clashing colours that look like rich velvet

I love these rich, sumptuous clashing colours that look like rich velvet

The above were photographed outside so the colours have not been enhanced in any way.

This is similar to last weeks, but every arrangement  always has its own personality

This is similar to last weeks, but every arrangement always has its own personality

There were so many white Zinnias ready to be picked I wanted to showcase them in a vase of their own.

Symphony in white - Mainly Zinnias with Cosmos Purity and Aster 'Monte Cassino'

Symphony in white – Mainly Zinnias with Cosmos Purity and Aster ‘Monte Cassino’

An outing for my giant carafe

An outing for my giant carafe

Short stems on many of the Dahlias this year encouraged me to bring out the Campari bottles again to display some single stems

Short stems on many of the Dahlias this year encouraged me to bring out the Campari bottles again to display some single stems

It is possible that many of the Dahlias have short stems this year because I didn’t cut the first blooms with long stems; it seems to me that if I do that initially the plants continue to produce long strong stems.  what experience do you have with achieving long stems?

I’m off now to see what everyone else has picked from their gardens; why not do the same by visiting Cathy where you’ll find all the links.

Have a great week.

36 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – Zinnias forever!

  1. The colours are gorgeous and I love the shape you have achieved in your first vase. This looks quite professional, but then all your vases are lovely! I haven’t had any problems with short stems on zinnias, but on the sunflowers… I could cut them lower down but then sacrifice new buds. So I have barely cut any as a result.

    • The Zinnias have fantastically strong stems I cut them very long, I don’t mind if I lose even two or three buds. The Zinnias are often 60 to 80 cms long. I think if you cut them and lose buds they grow back stronger stems. I’m feeling a bit better but won’t do very much except make the first bean soup of the winter no I mean autumn!!

  2. So sorry you were under the weather yesterday. Hope you bounce back quickly Christina. Your growing confidence in flower arranging is especially evident in the first vase. Great shape and proportion. Also the aster makes a great filler. Enjoyed seeing your white on white vase–I’m a fan of white flowers. Don’t know the answer to your long stems question. With something like zinnias it’s easier to sacrifice a few buds to gain a long stem because they seem to love the stimulation of being cut and regenerate so quickly. Enjoy that bean soup. I made chicken and rice soup last night.

    • Thank you Susie; I learn so much each week from looking at others vases, especially yours as you always achieve good proportions and balance. I think some Dahlias may grow stronger than others but I also think it depends on how they are grown. Next year I will make sure to cut back early even if I don’t want the blooms for an arrangement. I think that almost everything responds to being cut back but you’re right that the zinnias positively thrive on it.

  3. I especially like the calm white vase, but the abundance of zinnias in the first vase is a wondrous sight too, and well balanced with the addition of asters. As you say, it it gives more scope for arranging when you have such an abundance. I have only had an occasional short stemmed dahlia this year, usually the first one to bloom – but the Karma dahlias are generally meant to have long stems suitable for cutting so that helps. Like Cathyy, it is sunflowers I have been reluctant to cut because if short stems but I could of course use them in little vases or bottles as you have with your dahlias, but in future I will try to remember to sacrifice some of the lower buds – which I did on the Italian White in yesterday’s vase, actually. Thanks for sharing today and enjoy your soup!

  4. Your zinnias and dahlias are impressive, Christina. I especially love the first arrangement, which just glows. I hope the virus is gone and you can enjoy the fresh-after-a-rain air!

  5. Those colours are absolutely stunning! So rich. And the tiny aster is the perfect complement. So dainty. I hope you are feeling better today. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  6. Christina espero que esté mucho mejor de su virus: casi ya recuperada del todo. Me encantan sus Zinnias en todos los colores. El primer jarrón tiene un colorido precioso. Me encanta el blanco puro. Y me gustan mucho las botellas de Campani con las Dalias de tallo corto. El Aster “Monte Casino” es precioso. Que se recupere pronto. Saludos de Margarita.

  7. Wow, loving these arrangements, Christina! Fabulous white aster (quite like my purple one as you mentioned) mixed with dahlias and zinnias to a frothy perfection. Your white vases are so elegant.

  8. Sorry to hear you have been ill, I hope you are feeling better now. What an abundance of zinnias you have, they have done well here too this year, they have loved this beautiful sunny summer.
    Your first arrangement looks so professional. My Monte Cassino isn’ t out yet, it is great for flower arrangements and looks so pretty with your white cosmos and zinnias.
    A great way to display your dahlias, those Campari bottles are such a good idea. Yes, my dahlias have short stems this yesr.

  9. Hope that you are feeling better by now. Lovely vases again. The colours are wonderful, but I especially like the white arrangement. I love white zinnias, but I only ‘discovered’ them this year. Those yellow ray florets look like tiny stars shining. Delightful.

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