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Monday, July 23, 2018

In A Vase on Monday

I've reached that time of year when I actually have an overwhelming amount of riches to pull from to create an arrangement to show off in a vase, and yet...I still feel a need to go for something simple. I've been looking forward to being able to have an enormous, full, blowsy arrangement of flowers all year since I started participating in this meme, but now that I can, I'm overwhelmed at where to begin.

So I decided to cut from a couple of Dahlias that have just started flowering. I don't have their names any more. I bought them several years ago, probably from Swan Island, and originally they were planted in various unfriendly spots in the front garden. I pulled them all out last fall and put them together in the raised bed that I repurposed as a cutting garden.

I had to carry the vase around outside trying out various spots to see if I could get a good picture. In its usual spot by the kitchen sink, it was backlit by morning sun and hard to get a good photo.

The colors in the vase don't really go with this turquoise table and chairs, but it's nice and sunny.

A red Dahlia, a white Dahlia, some Ammi majus, and a castor bean leaf ('New Zealand Purple')


Here it is in the kitchen, backlit by the morning sunshine -- I had to lighten the photo considerably

Maybe next week I'll go for something really big and colorful. We are in for a hot week, which will accelerate flowering, but hopefully it won't be so hot that I'll still have something left for next week. I probably should have cut things now in anticipation of the week's high temperatures, but I didn't.

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts In A Vase on Monday. Check out her post here.

10 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about still keeping things simple despite an abundance of blooms - perhaps I think it may end up as a 'dog's dinner' if I include too many things?! The leaf makesa great backdrop and don't you just love the strong sturdy stems that many dahlias have? Thanks for sharing

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  2. That is 1 heck of a Ricinus leaf, it is like a peacock's tail, framing the peacock's face of a dahlia. Well done!

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  3. As you know, I go for the abundant and exuberant. My vases will be empty tomorrow, and I'll start over with new bouquets. I dumped the sweet peas today, but by the time I got to it, it was too hot to go out and pick. I'll do that first thing in the morning. This heat will bring the summer perennials to an end too soon, I fear.

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  4. It is so fun to have a large variety of flowers to choose from. I haven't done anything really big either, but maybe I will give it a try if you are.

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  5. I really really like how you used the castor bean leaf as a back drop-a fan dancer bouquet !

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  6. Wow, the castor bean leaf makes a great back-drop for the flowers. I've thought of planting Ricinis - since it grows by the side of the road here, it should grown in my garden, shouldn't it?!

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  7. Oh, the castor bean leaf really elevates this vase. Love that seating area and notice some new things like that swell bromeliad on the lower left. Where did you find it?

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  8. I actually think this vase looks great with the turquoise table and the subtle colors of the decor behind it (which I don't remember seeing before). It looks beautiful!

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  9. Simple perfection and the Castor Bean leaf provides just the right dramatic background. I look forward to blowsy and abundant next week...

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  10. I must have been asleep when I looked at your blog yesterday. Clearly I was a week off! Love the way the vase looks in the kitchen with that big leaf like a halo.

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