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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

In a Vase on Mondesday

Some of my blogging friends participate in the popular blogging meme "In a Vase on Monday" which involves cutting flowers and/or foliage from your garden and arranging it in a vase, preferably for a post that runs on Monday.

Unless of course, you're lazy, or unclear on the concept, or not particularly partial to playing by the rules (all of which could apply to me.) I posted once before for this meme, having put together a big bouquet of dried flowers and foliage that is still in my living room, sitting in a vase (which I had to go out and buy). Bits and pieces have gradually fallen off the bouquet over the last couple of years, but for the most part, it's still intact. Fortunately since then I've bought another vase from the thrift store, and lately I've been wandering around my garden looking at the flowers and thinking this and that might look good together in a bouquet.

It ended up being enormous! I don't have enough room inside the house for it

Brodiaea have gotten very tall and floppy, and get in the way out in the garden, so I cut several for the bouquet

I left quite a few as well, because as I went over to start cutting, a hummingbird came along and started sipping from them.

Saxifrage 'London Pride' flowers are a good baby's breath look-alike

Pulsatilla seedheads have flopped over the edge of the garden bed onto the grass, and last time the mow-and-blow crew came, they cut a few right off with the string trimmer, so I figured I might as well cut the rest myself!
I don't know if the California poppies will last, but some of them closed up almost as soon as I cut them

The colors at first were too pastel, so I decided to add the deep, dark purple-blue of Centaurea montana

The last of the Pacific Coast Iris

Bright red Heuchera

A pink hardy Geranium ('Wargrave Pink' I think)

It's already starting to disintegrate

Phew! Some bloggers do this every week! I don't know how they manage. I'm now officially creatively bankrupt. I hope you enjoyed the bouquet. It was hot, sweaty, dirty, buggy work.

Cathy of Rambling in the Garden hosts In a Vase on Monday, check out her post here.


  1. Look at how creative you are, coming up with a new day of the week AND making a beautiful arrangement!

  2. Be careful, Alison - cutting flowers can become an addiction. I love the Pulsatilla seedheads!

  3. A tour of your a vase. Looks great.

    I rarely come up with a bouquet myself--a Dahlia in a jar is about the extent of my arrangements, so I know what you mean.

  4. I don't participate in the meme, but I do always have a vase of flowers on my kitchen table, picked from the yard when I have blooms to pick. I made a new arrangement today with lady's mantle, fox glove, nepeta, centaurea montana, columbine, and welsh poppies. It's fun to see wha I can come up with when I go out with my picking basket and snippy scissors.

  5. Isn't it amazing how easily they can become quite large? I've had a difficult time finding a spot on occasion as well. I love that you've included Pulsatilla seedheads, as they're a favorite. Hopefully you'll get the urge again seem to be a natural.

  6. Oh, how fun! I like making bouquets, but never seem to get around to join in that meme, even though I like what others contribute. I especially like the Brodiaea and the seed heads.

  7. Yes, I enjoyed your bouquet immensely. Thank you have great flowers to work with - I like the use of Saxifrage flowers as a baby's breath alternative. Nice.

  8. Love the Saxifrage and, of course, the CA poppies.


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