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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

In A Vase On Monday (On Tuesday)

I'm a day late with my In A Vase On Monday post. I actually had my arrangement all picked and put together first thing yesterday morning, but then didn't like my photos of it. I usually photograph my arrangements in the kitchen window on Sunday night, but this week in the bright light of Monday morning, in the east-facing kitchen window, it was washed-out. So instead of carrying it all over the house looking for a spot with good lighting, I decided to just wait till evening to take a photo and post today.

I discovered that last week's Dichelostemma congestum flowers were long-lived in the vase, so I picked more for this week's. I liked the look of them dancing with the Pulsatilla seedheads, so I picked more of them too. I was reminded when reading Linda's post that I had a lily already blooming in my garden, so I picked one. Unfortunately, it's a very short lily, so I ended up with an arrangement that looks perhaps a bit quirky, shall we say.

Dichelostemma congestum, Pulsatilla seedheads, and Lily 'Matrix' -- perhaps I should have left my orange dish scrubby in the picture as a prop

Lily 'Matrix'

Here is 'Lily 'Matrix' blooming in the back garden in early morning light. Sorry it's so bleached out. 'Matrix' is one of the lilies that I dug up last fall from a front bed, replanted here and shared extras with readers

Dichelostemma congestum grows very tall and floppy in the garden, perhaps in a bit too much shade. Like an Allium, the foliage starts to die back once it produces a flower

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden is the host of In A Vase on Monday, you should check out her post here, and see all the posts from other garden bloggers who participate.


  1. Orange and purple are a great combination and I like the way the tall thin stems keep the lilies from being too heavy. Fun!

  2. I love arrangements with those dramatic contrasts of color and height. And I think the kitchen scrubie would have been perfect. It’s not like we’re not all shoving the real stuff in our houses out of the way for our photos! Thanks for the mention. I’ve been gardening like a fool for the last two days before hot weather returns and am having trouble keeping up with the blog world..

  3. The Pulsatilla makes this arrangement for me. I like the contrast between the lily and the Dichelostemma too. I'm not familiar with the latter and, given that it doesn't even appear in my Sunset Book, I'm guessing it might not grow here but an investigation is pending.

  4. That is quite festive I must say -those lilies pack a punch ! I am struggling with where to photograph my flowers for IAVOM.

  5. I quite like the contrast, and “dancing” is the perfect word! BTW, a report on the 'Forever Susan' bulbs you sent me...two came up and are just starting to bloom, I love them. I planted them all near each other so I’m not sure why only two came up. However I can also report that of the two different kinds I bought at the NWFG Show and planted in 2017 only two stems (one of each) have made an appearance this year. Very disappointing.

  6. Well I love this quirky vase...wonderful orange lily mixed with the purple. The dancing flowers adds to its charm!

  7. I love your vase - it reminds me of fireworks! And a report on the Matrix you sent me - it's not dead! It actually came up, although it's nowhere close to blooming yet.. it does seem happy though, and maybe I should show it pictures of yours for inspiration!

  8. I am one of the happy and fortunate readers you share the Matrix bulbs with, and I had every intention to sent you a picture of it blooming in my parking strip, except by the time I got around to it, the bloom faded... I hope next weekend another bud will open up.


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