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Monday, August 20, 2018

In A Vase on Monday

Over the weekend Nigel and I went to the Puyallup Farmer's Market which we haven't visited for a few years. I was reminded of it by Linda Reeder's recent visit, plus I've been feeling decidedly lazy and uninspired in my bouquet-making, and I knew I'd see some spectacular arrangements there.

I wasn't disappointed.

Umbellifer and Dahlias

I've got to remember to sow sunflowers next year.

You can get an arrangement that costs $10, $15, or $20. At some booths you could buy single stems for a certain amount, or sometimes they had very small, simple arrangements for only $5.

Hard-working women

So bright and cheerful

So colorful!

Take your pick

I saw so many, it became hard to choose. So many appealed to me. Sometimes I get so stuck in my own head, I can't get out of my own way. I finally chose one that had Amaranthus in it, a plant I have tried and tried to grow, but just can't get to thrive in my garden. The best part was I didn't have to arrange it in the vase, I just unwrapped it and plonked it in.

I have to try Amaranthus again next year.

We had a very pleasant time at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. Of course, the smoke from the wildfires hadn't moved back in yet, but it came back in full force the next day, late Sunday afternoon, this time even smelling smoky. I got an alert on my phone, warning that the air was unhealthy to breathe. So maybe it's a good thing I was lazy and bought my arrangement this week instead of wandering around the garden in the smoke trying to decide what to pick (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it).

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


  1. I think you can be forgiven with air quality like that - I wonder what it does to your plants? It must have been so hard to choose from that selection at the market - the asters reminded me that I have had no blooms from the ones I grow from seed this year...

  2. That's an impressive flower market! I think you made a great choice. I've been longing from some of that delicious Amaranthus I see in blog posts for my cutting garden too. Do you follow Erin Benzakien at Floret Flowers? She's currently offering a free 3-part workshop on cut flowers. There's probably nothing in the 1st 2 parts that you don't already know but you might appreciate part 3, which covers how to create "market bouquets." Check for it under her workshops tab if you're interested.

  3. What an impressive flower selection. No wonder you had a hard time making a selection. Love the arrangement you choose. So sorry about all the smoke.

  4. Isn't it fun to see so many beautiful arrangements? Like you, I usually have great difficulty choosing. You picked well & the vase is fun too!

  5. I love your beautiful bouquet ! We have similar offerings at our farmers market in Napa. The Dahlias ! I am sick to death of this smoke so I sympathize.

  6. I would't be able to pick a bouquet from the plethora of combinations.
    Seattle's Pike Place market has a few booths with those magnificent flowers, and women hard at work creating them with great skill.

  7. The few times I splurged (I was quite poor back then) and bought an arrangement like these from the Pike Place Market I was always disappointed in how quickly the faded, the ones from QFC always lasted longer. I hope yours defies that memory and keeps on keeping on.

  8. Beautiful. To get the flowers to last longer, recut the stems

  9. I was in Seattle last Friday, and did the tourist thing at Pike Place Market. There were tons of tempting bouquets being hawked by a plethora of vendors - I would have had a very hard time choosing just one.

  10. I loved your selection. Very pretty, and with so many to choose from, I would have been stumped, too.


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